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Dia de los Muertos is a deleted song that was used in early screenings of the 2017 animated Disney/Pixar film, Coco.

Background

The song was originally going to be used as the opening song to teach the audience about the rules about Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) in an entertaining way, followed by Ernesto de la Cruz singing a demo version of "Remember Me". However, the song was scrapped because it was taking a while for Miguel, the film's main protagonist, to be introduced. However, for the final film, the part where Ernesto de la Cruz sings is the only part retained from the deleted song in the final version.

Lyrics

Woman 1: Hear the bells ring, calling your home, calling your souls to return (repeat)
Woman 2: Follow... Follow... Follow my marigold petals (repeat)
Woman 3: Flame, lit in your name... This flame, lit in your name

All: On the first day of every November
We think of those we have lost and remember

We pray and we pay our respects
We let go of regrets
Because when the sun sets...

(upbeat rhythm)

The spirits of our dear separated
Come to life and paint the town
Everyone who's had a funeral
Soon are all up for getting down

It's not a time for being mournful
It's not a time to bow your head
Because the fun has just begun
After you die, your life is done
The party's anything but dead

Yeah!

Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos

So gather 'round at the ofrenda
Laugh with those who passed away
Break out the pan de muerto rolls, sugar skulls, chicles and molé

Put the photos up and toast them
Dance and make a big to-do
'Cause when the time has come around
That you are six feet underground
You hope they do the same for you

Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos

Though the dead, they're never gone
The party just goes on and on
And on, and on, and on...

On Día... de los... Muertos
Muertos, Muertos

Yeah!

(applause then cue to demo version of Remember Me)

v - e - d
Coco logo
Media
CocoSoundtrackLittle Golden BookThe Art of Coco
Disney Parks
Pixar Pal-A-Round

Entertainment: A Musical Celebration of Coco
Restaurants: Fuente del Oro RestauranteMiguel's El Dorado Cantina
Parade: Magic Happens
Fireworks: HarmoniUSMickey's Mix MagicTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Goofy's Skeletoons Street Party

Characters
Miguel RiveraHéctorDanteErnesto de la CruzAbuelitaMamá CocoImeldaEnrique RiveraLuisa RiveraChicharrónPepitaFrida Kahlo
Locations
Santa Cecilia, MexicoLand of the Dead
Objects
Héctor's GuitarChicharrón's Guitar
Songs
Remember MeMuch Needed AdviceEveryone Knows JuanitaUn Poco LocoThe World Es Mi FamiliaLa LloronaProud CorazónEl Corrido de Miguel RiveraDia de los MuertosThe Way of the Riveras
See Also
The Riveras
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