T'en va pas

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"T'en va pas"
T'en va pas.jpg
Single by Elsa Lunghini
Released12 October 1986
Format7" single, 12" maxi
Titania Studios, Rome
Length3:50 (single version)
5:32 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Catherine Cohen,
Régis Wargnier (lyrics)
Romano Musumarra (music)
Carol Welsman (English version)
Producer(s)Romano Musumarra
Elsa Lunghini singles chronology
"T'en va pas"
"Quelque chose dans mon cœur"

"T'en va pas" (Eng. "Don't Go Away") is a 1986 song recorded by the French artist Elsa Lunghini. Released as a single on 12 October 1986, this song, her debut single, was the soundtrack of the 1986 movie La Femme de ma vie.[1] It was a smash hit in France.


In the movie, Elsa portrayed Jane Birkin's daughter and played the piano in a short scene. Finally, a whole song had been composed by Romano Musumarra, who decided to release it as a single.[2] Musumarra had already worked and helped produce hits for two famous French artists of the 80s—Jeanne Mas ("En Rouge et Noir") and Princess Stephanie of Monaco ("Ouragan").

"T'en va pas" was a huge hit in France, and managed to export itself across Europe with an English recording : "Papa, Please Don't Go". It became well known in Japan because it was used for Jeans' TV commercial there. Also in Japan, Tite Kubo used the song as the image song for the character Orihime Inoue from Bleach. It also was used as the image song for the character Yumisuka Satsuki from Tsukihime. In 2008 the song was used in television commercials[3] for Impulse brand deodorant, in Argentina. The song was available in the French and English languages on the best of Elsa, l'essentiel 1986-1993.

The music video shows images from the movie alterning with Elsa performing the song.

In the mid-2000s, the song was covered in a live version by Priscilla on the TV show Absolument 80 broadcast on M6.[4]

Chart performances[edit]

The single had a huge success in France. It debuted at number 26 on French Singles Chart on 6 December 1986 and reached the top ten the week after. In the fifth week, it topped the chart and there stayed for eight consecutive weeks. Certified Gold disc by the SNEP for over 500,000 copies sold,[5] the single remained for 18 weeks in the top ten and for 25 weeks on the chart.[6]

At the time, Elsa was the youngest to reach number 1 on the French Singles Chart (top 50), and therefore appeared on the Guinness Book of Records: she was 13 years old. Her record was beaten in 1993 by Jordy.

In France, "T'en va pas" is the 133rd best-selling single of all time.[7] Worldwide, about 1,3 million singles were sold.[8]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "T'en va pas" (single version) – 3:50
  2. "T'en va pas" (instrumental) – 4:45
  • 12" maxi
  1. "T'en va pas" (remix) – 5:32
  2. "T'en va pas" (instrumental) – 5:32
  • 7" single - English version
  1. "Papa Please Don't Go" (single version) – 4:00
  2. "T'en va pas" (instrumental) – 3:50
  • 12" maxi - English version
  1. "Papa Please Don't Go" (remix) – 5:25
  2. "Papa Please Don't Go" (instrumental) – 5:25


Charts and sales[edit]


  1. ^ King, Alex P. (2004). Hit-parade — 20 ans de tubes (in French). Paris: Pascal. p. 338. ISBN 2-35019-009-9.
  2. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 92. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Priscilla performing "T'en va pas"" (in French). Youtube. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 15 August 2008.
  6. ^ a b ""T'en va pas", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Best-selling singles of all time in France" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Elsa, chronology, on her official website" (in French). Elsa-lesite. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  9. ^ ""T'en vas pas", Dutch Mega Top 100" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts. Retrieved 25 June 2009.