This penultimate song on Kala marries a deceptively airy beat with a song about tourist-murdering passport-counterfeiting thieves. The song can be read as the clichéd story of immigrants or the owner of an arms industry. The title subtly refers to transit visas (from Latin, charta visa means “paper that has been seen”).
It samples the 1982 Clash song “Straight to Hell”.
The song climbed into to the Top 10 of the US Hot 100 in mid-2008 after being featured in the trailer for the movie Pineapple Express, and then later used in the soundtrack for 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.