Tanya Sings

The Girl You Left Behind is a show tune sung by Tanya Mousekewitz, during her debut at Cat R. Waul's saloon. Initially the cats are skeptical about a mouse performer, but take such a liking to this song that they become instant fans of Tanya. During the song Tanya inadvertently rescues Fievel from a jar by shattering it with her voice, and while she sings Fievel tries to get away from Chula.

The official soundtrack to An American Tail: Fievel Goes West includes a version of this song without the sounds of Fievel's struggle with Chula in the background, or the a-cappella vocal intro that Tanya barely even gets out of her mouth initially, but eventually wows the audience with. The song was performed by Cathy Cavadini.



[faltering] Do you... do you ever miss...

[growing stronger] Do you ever miss the girl...

[holds strong soprano note] you left behind?

Is the girl you left behind out there tonight romancin'?

Makin' eyes at someone else and singin', is she dancin'?

Only the girl you left behind is real when you're sleepin'

Puts the teardrops in your eyes from secrets she is keepin'

Happy just playin' a tune and dance the whole night away

Hope the girl you left behind will be there for you someday

Lonely is the wind that blows, you know you'll always miss her

Lonely is a lover's heart, if only you could

Kiss her, kiss her, kiss her

All the girls you left behind could fill up California

Please don't leave them too darn long, I think I oughta warn ya

Absence makes the heart go cold and makes a heart to wander

If you stay there by their sides, you'll feel their hearts grow fonder


Hope you see her someday

Hope I find my way

Back to the girl I left behind


So tell me you will never roam


(We swear we won't go roaming)


You'll be by your fireside


(We'll all be home sweet home and kiss her, kiss her, kiss her)


So where's the girl you left behind?


She's waitin' for her sister

We won't stop until we're home we'll hug and hug and kiss her

I'll find the girl

I'll find the girl

I'll find the girl

I'll find the girl


You'll (I'll) find the girl

You'll (I'll) find the girl you (I) left behind

Tonight! Tonight! Tonight!

That's right


An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Characters Papa MousekewitzMama MousekewitzTanya MousekewitzFievel MousekewitzYasha MousekewitzTigerWylie BurpCat R. WaulT.R. ChulaCactus Cat GangMiss KittyOne EyeFeloniusGeronimouseHawk (Fievel Goes West)OwlScorpion (Fievel Goes West)
Locations New YorkGreen River
Songs Way Out WestDreams to DreamThe Girl You Left Behind
Spinoffs An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (Comic Book)An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (Video Game)An American Tail: A Musical Adventure With Fievel and Friends