- 1+ 15- 4
Who Am I?v
"Who am I?
Can I condemn this man to slavery
Pretend I do not feel his agony
This innocent who bears my face
Who goes to judgement in my place
Who am I?
Can I conceal myself for evermore?
Pretend I'm not the man I was before?
And must my name until I die
Be no more than an alibi?
Must I lie?
How can I ever face my fellow men?
How can I ever face myself again?
My soul belongs to God, I know
I made that bargain long ago
He gave me hope when hope was gone
He gave me strength to journey on
Who am I? Who am I?
I am Jean Valjean!"
Reflecting on his situation, Jean Valjean sings in "Who Am I?" about his very important choice he must make. Does he live freely, without the threat of being arrested again, or confront his guilt in that he'd be allowing an innocent man to be punished in his place?
- 2+ 14- 5
I Dreamed A Dreamv
"I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving"
"But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder"
"I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed."
In "I Dreamed A Dream," Fantine reflects on her aspirations, the things she dreamed to accomplish, as well as how far that place is from the life she currently leads. Fantine wanted a happy life for herself, her daughter and her daughter's father, who instead abandoned them both.
- 3+ 10- 2
On My Ownv
"On my own
Pretending he's beside me
I walk with him till morning
I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me"
"In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever"
In "On My Own," Eponine is heart-broken that Marius, the young man who stole her heart, is instead in love with another woman, Cosette. Eponine is devastated at this fact knowing that she'll never have him and never be able to live happily without him.
- 4+ 4- 1
One More Dayv
Cosette and Marius:
"Tomorrow you'll be worlds away
And yet with you, my world has started!"
"But he never saw me there!"
"One more day to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys
They will wet themselves with blood!"
In excerpts from "One More Day," the characters express anticipation for things they could do with their lives in the future, though to accomplish those things they must split up and lead lives without one another. For Cosette, Marius and Eponine, this life is one of a love triangle while for Javert it's a prediction that the student revels will fail in their insurrection attempt.
- 5+ 9- 7
At the End of the Dayv
"Yes it's true there's a child
And the child is my daughter
And her father abandoned us leaving us flat
Now she lives with an innkeeper man and his wife
And I pay for the child
What's the matter with that??"
"At the end of the day she'll be nothing but trouble
And there's trouble for all when there's trouble for one
While we're earning our daily bread
She's the one with her hands in the butter
You must send the slut away
Or we're all gonna end in the gutter
And it's us who'll have to pay
At the end of the day!"
"I might have known the rat could bite
I might have known the cat had claws
I might have guessed your little secret
Ah, yes, the virtuous Fantine
Who keeps herself so pure and clean
You'd be the cause I had no doubt
Of any trouble hereabout
You play a virgin in the light
But need no urgin' in the night."
"She's been laughing at you
While she's having her men"
"She'll be nothing but trouble again and again"
"You must sack her today
Sack the girl today!"
"Right my girl!
On your way"
Fantine's secret of having a daughter is exposed by a coworker and she is cast out as impure among the workers. The spiteful foreman, who was rejected by Fantine, fires Fantine from the factory, essentially cutting off her way to provide for herself and her child.
- 6+ 3- 2
I Know Who You Arev
Jean Valjean: "I'm cold. Will you let me stay here for the night?"
Bishop of Digne: "I know who you are. You're Jean Valjean."
When Jean Valjean requests shelter in the church, he's surprised that the Bishop of Digne recognizes him. The Bishop agrees to help Valjean, sparking an interaction that changes both of their lives going forward.
- 7+ 2- 1
"Now bring me prisoner 24601
Your time is up
And your parole's begun
You know what that means"
"Yes, it means I'm free"
It means you get
Your yellow ticket-of-leave
You are a thief"
"I stole a loaf of bread!"
"You robbed a house!"
"I broke a window pane!
My sister's child was close to death
And we were starving!"
"And you will starve again
Unless you learn the meaning of the law."
"I know the meaning of these 19 years
A slave of the law"
"Five years for what you did
The rest because you tried to run
"My name is Jean Valjean"
"And I am Javert
Do not forget my name
Do not forget me
"Look down, look down
You will always be a slave
Look down, look down
You're standing in your grave."
In "Work Song," Javert, acting as a prison guard, processes Jean Valjean's parole but is firm in reminding Valjean that just because he's out of prison, that doesn't mean that Valjean's life is instantly better. Valjean still has to live the fact that many see his crime as unjustified and unforgivable, Javert included.
- 8+ 1- 0
My Name's Gavroche
"How do you do, my name's Gavroche. These are my people, here's my patch. Not much to look at, nothing posh. Nothing that you'd call up to scratch. This is my school, my high society, here in the slums of Saint Michele. We live on crumbs of humble piety, tough on the teeth, but what the hell! Think you're poor? Think you're free? Follow me. Follow me!"
Gavroche joins Marius and Enjolras in singing "Look Down," a song about the troubles heaved on the poorest citizens of Paris in the 1830s. Gavroche is a tender soul, who cares for everyone around him. The "slums of Saint Michele" are all he knows, and for someone so young, he definitely seems wise well beyond his years.
- 9+ 1- 0
Monsieur Thenardier: "Let's not haggle for darling Colette!"
Madame Thenardier: "Cosette!"
Monsieur Thenardier: "Cosette."
Monsieur Thenardier and his wily wife, Madame Thenardier, definitely *do* want to haggle for "darling Colette." They both act as though they adore the child and can't bear to part with her, hoping to get Jean Valjean to give them what they most desire in the world: money. It would help a lot if the Thenardiers could remember Cosette's name.
- 10+ 1- 0
Eponine: "Every word that he says is a dagger in me! In my life, there's been no one like him anywhere. Anywhere, where he is. If he asked, I'd be his."
Poor Eponine. She loves Marius with all of her heart, but he loves another. It's a tragic triangle from the beginning, and Marius has no idea how deep his friend's feelings are for him. He goes on and on about his love for Cosette, oblivious to the fact that he's ripping out Eponine's heart.
- 11+ 0- 0
The World of Jean Valjean
Javert: "I am reaching, but I fall And the stars are black and cold As I stare into the void Of a world that cannot hold I'll escape now from the world From the world of Jean Valjean. There is nowhere I can turn There is no way to go on… Stars in your multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness with order and light. You are the sentinels, silent and sure, keeping watch in the night."
Javert spends his entire life chasing after Jean Valjean, thinking he's doing the right thing. When he realizes that Jean Valjean, in fact, is not the dastardly criminal he believed him to be, he's completely conflicted. He can't come to grips with what he's done.
- 12+ 0- 0
Marius: "Eponine, find her for me!"
Eponine: "What will you give me?"
Eponine: "Got you all excited now, but God knows what you see in her! Aren't you all delighted now?"
[Marius offers her money]
Eponine: "No, I don't want your money, sir."
Eponine would do anything for Marius, but not because she's his friend -- because she loves him. Marius needs to find Cosette, and Eponine agrees to help him (while still managing to get in a jab about her rival).
- 13+ 0- 0
Enjolras: "Marius, you're late."
Joly: "What's wrong today? You look as if you've seen a ghost."
Grantaire: "Some wine and say what's going on!"
Marius: "A ghost you say... a ghost maybe. She was just like a ghost to me. One minute there, and she was gone!"
From the moment Marius meets Cosette, he's smitten. He can't think of anything else, including his friends' revolution. Unfortunately, she vanishes, and he's devastated. He wonders if she was just a ghost, a figment of his imagination, and seeks comfort from his friends.
- 14+ 0- 0
Red and Black
Enjolras: "It is time for us all to decide who we are... Do we fight for the right To a night at the opera now? Have you asked of yourselves What's the price you might pay? Is it simply a game For rich young boys to play? The color of the world Is changing Day by day... Red - the blood of angry men! Black - the dark of ages past! Red - a world about to dawn! Black - the night that ends at last!"
In singing "Red and Black," Enjolras and the other student revolutionaries are coming together to rally. They have a cause, they have a reason to fight. Red is truly the color of revolution, as these brave young men seek to cast light on the blackness of the past.
- 15+ 0- 0
Cosette: "Every day you walk with stronger step you walk with longer step. The worst is over."
Marius: "Every day I wonder every day Who was it brought me here From the barricade?"
As Marius continues to struggle after the devastating events of the barricade, and the deaths of his comrades, Cosette does everything she can to help him. He's got to get past the pain he feels if he ever wants to live again. He has no idea who rescued him from the barricade, but he'll soon find out...
- 16+ 0- 0
Come to Me, Cosette
Fantine: "Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading, don't you see, the evening star appearing…"
Fantine's life is slowly fading away, and she's having visions. As Jean Valjean looks on, Fantine sees her beloved daughter, the one true love of her life. The light fades, the evening star appears, and Fantine finally lets go -- ending a sad, tragic, troubled life.
- 17+ 0- 0
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Marius: "Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask me, what your sacrifice was for. Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends will sing no more."
Marius is understandably devastated after the barricade falls, killing all of his comrades in arms and his best friend. He was rescued by Jean Valjean, but finds himself struggling to go on, feeling incredible guilt about surviving.
- 18+ 0- 0
See in This Some Higher Plan
Bishop: "But remember this, my brother. See in this some higher plan. You must use this precious silver to become an honest man. By the witness of the martyrs, by the passion and the blood, God has brought you out of darkness. I have bought your soul for God."
Jean Valjean betrays the one man who gives him a chance, and even still, the Bishop forgives him for stealing his silver. He saves Valjean, but reminds him that the silver should only be used to help him get his life in order.