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The CD single

Diddy Diddy Dum Dum (Fievel's Little Song) was the first track on the album An American Tail: A Musical Adventure With Fievel and Friends. It was also released as a single, the only single from the album. Fievel's voice was performed by Phillip Glasser, his voice actor from the movies, and the song was written by Glasser, Sarah Weeks and Michael Abbott and produced by Mark Ross and Nat Kipner.

The song is about Fievel's immigration to the United States and some of the difficulties he faced fitting in. It is holiday themed, but only vaguely. The song conflicts with some of the canon of An American Tail, and seems to get some of its geography wrong (as Russia was to the east of Prussia).


I'm Fievel I'm from Russia

Just a little bit west of Prussia

But I emigrated to the USA

Once a year upon this date

I drink a toast and celebrate

And wish the world a happy holiday

And I sing my little song this way...


Diddy diddy dum dum - diddy diddy dum

Everybody join and sing along

Diddy diddy dum dum - it's a lot of good fun

When you're singing Fievel's little song.

When I was born in Vladivostok

In a little wooden house

Papa was a tailor, Mama was a mousewife

I was just an itty bitty mouse!

Times were tough and we were starving

We could not afford to stay

We packed our grips and took a little trip

Over to the USA - on every holiday (we sing)

**Repeat Chorus**

I was just a little mousey

When I came to this new land

Because I spoke with a funny accent

People found me hard to understand!

But I worked hard and made some money

Learned to read and write their way

I'd thank my lucky stars that brought me

To the USA, so every holiday (I sing)

**Repeat Chorus**

Memories were used to be

They fade away, but never end

And since I came to this new land

I'm not alone, you're all my friends

All my friends... (we keep singing)

**Repeat Chorus to fade**