The Marble Shrine

L'Via L'Viaquez (12:22)

Album: Frances the Mute (76:57 - CD | 77:18 - Vinyl)

Release Date: March 1, 2005

Produced By: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Recorded: July - October 2004 at Avatar Studios, New York

Label: Gold Standard Labs, Universal, Strummer

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L'Via L'Viaquez - Official Video

Version Information

  • Released as a single, edited in length for radio, on July 11th, 2005.

Live Notes

  • Last song to debut on the Frances the Mute tour, premiered on the U.S. tour.
  • John Frusciante joined the band onstage, reprising his guitar parts on June 4, August 4, August 5 and October 14, 2005 tour dates in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Renowned Salsa pianist Larry Harlow joined the band onstage reprising his piano parts at the Roseland Ballroom on May 5, 2005.
  • On June 7, 2005 and occasionally thereafter, Cedric sings the final "yeah" of the choruses in the next octave, and makes the change permanently after August 4, 2005.
  • On 2005 dates, the ending section is substantially extended and includes solos from Omar, Ikey, Adrian (flute) and occasionally John Frusciante, along with ad-libbed vocals from Cedric.
  • The extended jam was largely cut when the song re-debuted after 4 years in 2009 in Oslo, Norway.

Other Notes

  • The single version edit was released as a playable song on Guitar Hero World Tour.
  • The video features live footage from the March 16, 2005 London show at the Brixton Academy. Interestingly, L'Via was not part of that show's playlist, although parts of the show were edited together to appear as though Cedric is indeed singing the song.
  • Piano parts are performed by Larry Harlow.
  • The first two guitar solos are performed by John Frusciante.

Lyrics for L'Via L'Viaquez

l'via
hija de miranda
tu apellido se cambio
l'via
sin ojos me quieres dar
una historia sin mi madre
solo tengo que desirte
el dolor de la noche dice
solo se quedo el vestido
le lave la sangre

l'via
no dejes de descansar
en la calle caminas
quien te va a perseguir
l'via
te quieren matar
dientes de machete
cabezas de gallo

l'via
durmiendo en paz
abre los ojos
todo cambiara
l'via
sonado de venganza
y yo te juro
lo van a pagar

blackmailed, she fell off every mountain
the ones they tightly wrapped in tape
in her eraser sang the guilty
as it made the best mistakes
and with everybody that i find
and with every clamor that they mine
i won't forget who i'm looking for
oh mother help me i'm looking for

l‘via
hija de miranda
tu apellido se cambio
l'via
sin ojos me quieres dar
una historia sin mi madre
solo tengo que desirte
el dolor de noche dice
solo se quedo el vestido
le lave la sangre

blackmailed, she fell off every mountain
the ones they tightly wrapped in tape
in her eraser sang the guilty
as it made the best mistakes
and with everybody that i find
and with every clamor that they mine
i won't forget who i'm looking for
oh mother help me i'm looking for

solo tengo
una hora
y me duermo
terminado
por veinte y cinco
años pasaron
siguen los cuerpos
aqui temblando
tome la sangre
comi el cuerpo
mis lagrimas
quiebra el espejo

when all the worms come
crawlin out of your head
telling you
don't be afraid
when all the worms come
crawlin out of your head
telling you
don't be afraid

blackmailed she fell off every mountain
the ones they tightly wrapped in tape
in her eraser sang the guilty
as it made the best mistakes
shark kites got tangled in the moleskin
urgent plea of escape
a mouth to mouth on the chalkboard
written in fingernail distaste
and with everybody that i find
and with every clamor that they mine
i won't forget who i'm looking for
oh mother help me i'm looking for