The Way of the Riveras is a deleted song from the 2017 Disney/Pixar animated feature film, Coco.

Background

This song was used as a remnant when the aforementioned film was going to be a musical where Miguel (named Marco in early development) wanted to be a musician to which his family wanted their son to do their traditions. The reason why it was scrapped is because it was difficult to create a musical where Miguel's family obey the ban of music - though they broke out into song despite the ban since this song was about how Miguel should not play music.

Lyrics

Abuelita: Niño, niño...
I am sure you have ideas of how you want today to go
But I am here to tell you no
(speaking) Come.

Abuelita/Riveras: You will do as we have done
It's the way of the Riveras
Abuelita: (speaking) No, no! Like this, niños - mira.
Nana Imelda likes a straight path.
Use the ruler like I showed you.

Abuelita/Riveras: We choose family over fun
It's the way of the Riveras
(speaking) Too much sauce, chiquita.
Nana Imelda likes them dry.

In the bosom of your family
You'll find comfort and contentment
Abuelita/Riveras: And surrounded by Riveras
You'll comfort without re...
Abuelita: (speaking) Ten dozen tamales!
Riveras: ...resentment

Abuelita/Riveras: Riveras (3x)
We do what we do because it is the glue
To the beautiful life that we've got

Riveras (3x)
Riveras are tethered together forever
Whether we like it or not

Abuelita: (speaking) These aren't just pictures on a shelf, Marco. They're family.
And they depend on us to keep their memories alive.
Marco, take a look - you know who this is

This is mi papá - you know what he did
57 years, he made shoes
Riveras: He made shoes, he made shoes
We make shoes

Over here, the twins
Óscar and Felipe
Felipe and Óscar
Whatever, doesn't matter
They made shoes

Riveras: They made shoes
Many shoes
We love shoes

Abuelita: They'll be here tonight
With us in our hearts and this room
Filling all the empty spaces

Nina, she made shoes
Rosa, she made shoes
Paco, he was different

Marco: (speaking) He was? What did he do?
Abuelita: He made shoelaces!

And we owe all we have to Nana Imelda
The proudest Rivera of all
She was left by her husband
A man we don't speak of

Abandoned, no money
Alone with a child
Did she give up an die?
No, she held her head high and stood tall

For the sake of Coco and the family
She took her last peso
And she made her first pair of shoes

Riveras: She made shoes, she made shoes
Abuelita: She made shoes

(spoken)
Marco: What about the man we don't speak of?
Abuelita: Psst! We do not speak of that man.
Marco: But you brought him up.
Abuelita: Psst! Marco!

You will do as we have done
That is how you stay connected

Abuelita/Riveras: You'll choose family over fun
Always do what is expected
Everything you need to know
Our dear Imelda's shown us

Abuelita: Plus, you also get free footwear
Abuelita/Riveras: Which is a bonus

Abuelita/Riveras: Riveras (3x)
We do what we do because it is the glue
To the beautiful life that we've got

Riveras (3x)
Abuelita: ¡Delicioso!
Abuelita/Riveras: Riveras are tethered together forever
Forever and ever
And ever and ever and ever
And whether we like it or not

Marco: (speaking) Thank you, Abuelita. That was very educational.
Now can I borrow your workbench?

v - e - d
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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 KahloJuan Ortodoncia
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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