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We Live in Manhattan is a crowd song, sung at the beginning of An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island by cheerful city mice. It is much similar in style to There Are No Cats in America and Way Out West, but unlike either of those songs, in this the mice are happy staying right where they are. This song may have been intended to somewhat surprise the viewer, who might have expected the film to take place in Green River if they go into the film knowing nothing else about it. This is the first indication that the setting of the film will indeed be back in New York, meaning either An American Tail: Fievel Goes West never happened, or that this film is a midquel.

The song is interrupted midway to give us our opening scene with the Mousekewitz family, and resumes when Fievel and Papa go outside and Tony playfully steals Fievel's hat and runs away with it. The song ends after Tony crashes into a wagon of fruit.

The song was written by William Anderson and performed by William Anderson, Amick Byran, Jodi Benson, Melissa Disney, and Cam Clarke.

Lyrics

MALE MOUSE 1: It's morning time in old New York

With a charm and magic all its own

FEMALE MOUSE 1: With morning comes a special chance

For starting fresh, for letting new things grow

MALE MOUSE 2: Keep on climbing

MALE MOUSE 3: Up the ladder

FEMALE MOUSE 2: Keep on rising

MALE MOUSE 3 & FEMALE MOUSE 2: It's all that matters!

CHORUS: We live in Manhattan

We work all night and day

We're strong

MALE MOUSE 4: We're productive!

MALE MOUSE 5: Constructive!

FEMALE MOUSE 3: Instructive!

ALL: We're here to stay!

MALE MOUSE 6: Who can resist a place like this?

A workin' life, where freedom we can choose

MALE MOUSE 3: There's no better bit around than this

Right at the doorstep, waitin' here for you

MALE MOUSE 1: Keep on climbing Up the ladder

FEMALE MOUSE 2: Keep on smiling

CHORUS: It's all that matters!

CHORUS: Our hopes and dreams will multiply

Our lives will multiplicify

A great new land for everyone

There's nothing here that can't be done!

CHORUS: We live in Manhattan

We work all night and day

We're strong

MALE MOUSE 4: We're productive!

MALE MOUSE 7: Courageous!

FEMALE MOUSE 4: Dedicated!

CHORUS: We live in Manhattan

We work all night and day

We're strong and we are here to stay

CHORUS 1: Our hopes and dreams will multiply

Our lives will multiplicify

We work and work to keep us strong

A great new land for everyone

There's nothing here that can't be done

We work and work and we are here to stay!

CHORUS 2: We live in Manhattan

We work all night and day

We're strong

We live in Manhattan

We work all night and day

We're strong and we are here to stay!

An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
Characters Papa MousekewitzMama MousekewitzTanya MousekewitzFievel MousekewitzYasha MousekewitzTigerTony ToponiCholenaChief WulissoLenape MiceMr. ToploftyMr. GraspingMr. O'BloatChief McBrusqueScuttlebuttDr. Dithering
Locations New YorkLes Club Des Grands Fromages
Songs We Live in ManhattanAnywhere in Your DreamsFriends of the Working Mouse

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