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  • CONVICTS: Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

  • Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

  • Look down, look down Don't look 'em in the eye

  • Look down, look down You're here until you die

  • CONVICT 1: The sun is strong It's hot as hell below

  • CONVICTS: Look down, look down There's twenty years to go

  • CONVICT 2: I've done no wrong Sweet Jesus hear my prayer

  • CONVICTS: Look down, look down Sweet Jesus doesn't care

  • CONVICT 3: I know she'll wait I know that she'll be true

  • CONVICTS: Look down, look down They've all forgotten you

  • CONVICT 4: When I get free, you won't see me here for dust

  • CONVICTS: Look down, look down Don't look 'em in the eye

  • CONVICT 1: How long, oh lord Before you let me die?

  • CONVICTS: Look down, look down You'll always be a slave

  • Look down, look down You're standing in your grave

  • INSPECTOR JAVERT: Now bring me Prisoner 24601

  • Your time is up and your parole's begun

  • You know what that means

  • JEAN VALJEAN: Yes, it means I'm free

  • JAVERT: No

  • It means you get your yellow ticket of leave

  • You are a thief

  • VALJEAN: I stole a loaf of bread

  • JAVERT: You robbed a house

  • VALJEAN: I broke a window pane

  • My sister's child was close to death

  • And we were starving

  • JAVERT: You will starve again

  • Unless you learn the meaning of the law

  • VALJEAN: I know the meaning of those nineteen years

  • A slave of the law

  • JAVERT: Five years for what you did

  • The rest because you tried to run

  • Yes, 24601

  • VALJEAN: My name is Jean Valjean

  • JAVERT: And I am Javert

  • Do not forget my name

  • Do not forget me

  • 24601

  • CONVICTS: Look down, look down You'll always be a slave

  • Look down, look down You're standing in your grave

  • VALJEAN: Freedom is mine

  • The Earth is still

  • I feel the wind

  • I breathe again

  • And the sky clears

  • The world is waking

  • Drink from the pool

  • How clean the taste

  • Never forget the years, the waste

  • Nor forgive them

  • For what they've done

  • They are the guilty

  • Ev'ryone

  • The day begins, and now let's see

  • What this new world will do for me

  • FARMER: You'll have to go

  • I've paid you off for the day

  • Collect your bits and pieces there and be on your way

  • VALJEAN: You have given me half what the other men get

  • This handful of tin wouldn't buy my sweat

  • FARMER: You broke the law

  • It's there for people to see

  • Why should you get the same as honest men like me?

  • VALJEAN: And now I how freedom feels The jailer always at your heels

  • It is the law

  • This piece of paper in my hand that makes me cursed throughout the land

  • It is the law

  • Like a cur

  • I walk the street

  • The dirt beneath their feet

  • BISHOP OF DIGNE: Come in sir, for you are weary

  • And the night is cold out there

  • Though our lives are very humble

  • What we have, we have to share

  • VALJEAN: He let me eat my fill, I had the lion's share

  • The silver in my hand cost twice what I had earned

  • In all those nineteen years, that lifetime of despair

  • And yet he trusted me

  • The old fool trusted me, he'd done his bit of good

  • I played the grateful serf and thanked him, like I should

  • But when the house was still, I got up in the night

  • Took the silver

  • Took my flight

  • CONSTABLE 1: Tell his Reverence your story

  • CONSTABLE 2: Let us see if he's impressed

  • CONSTABLE 1: You were lodging here last night

  • CONSTABLE 2: You were the honest Bishop's guest

  • And then out of Christian goodness, when he learned about your plight

  • CONSTABLE 1: You maintain he made a present of this silver

  • BISHOP: That is right

  • But my friend, you left so early

  • Surely something slipped your mind

  • You forgot I gave these also

  • Would you leave the best behind?

  • So Messieurs, you may release him

  • For this man has spoken true

  • I commend you for your duty

  • And God's blessing go with you

  • 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 raised your soul from darkness

  • I have bought your soul for God

  • VALJEAN: What have I done, sweet Jesus what have I done

  • Become a thief in the night, become a dog on the run

  • Have I fallen so far and is the hour so late

  • That nothing remains but the cry of my hate

  • The cries in the dark that nobody hears

  • Here where I stand at the turning of the years

  • If there's another way to go

  • I missed it twenty long years ago

  • My life is a war that could never be won They gave me a number and murdered Valjean

  • When they chained me and left me for dead

  • Just for stealing a mouthful of bread

  • One word from him and I'd be back

  • Beneath the lash, upon the rack

  • Instead, he offers me my freedom

  • I feel my shame inside me, like a knife

  • He told me that I have a soul

  • How does he know?

  • What spirit comes to move my life?

  • Is there another way to go?

  • I am reaching but I fall

  • And the night is closing in

  • As I stare into the void

  • Into the whirlpool of my sin

  • I'll escape now from that world

  • From the world of Jean Valjean

  • Jean Valjean is nothing now

  • Another story must begin

  • THE POOR: At the end of the day you're another day older

  • And that's all you can say for the life of the poor

  • It's a struggle, it's a war

  • And there's nothing that anyone's giving

  • One more day standing about, what is it for?

  • One day less to be living

  • At the end of the day, you're another day colder

  • And the shirt on your back doesn't keep out the chill

  • And the righteous hurry past

  • They don't hear the little ones crying

  • And the winter is coming on fast, ready to kill

  • One day nearer to dying

  • At the end of the day, there's another day dawning

  • And the sun in the morning is waiting to rise

  • Let the waves crash on the sand, like a storm that'll break any second

  • There's a hunger in the land, there's a reckoning still to be reckoned

  • And there's gonna be hell to pay

  • At the end of the day

  • FOREMAN: At the end of the day, you get nothing for nothing

  • Sitting flat on your butt doesn't buy any bread

  • WORKER 1: There are children back at home

  • WORKER 1 & 2: And the children have got to be fed

  • WORKER 2: And we're lucky to be in a job

  • WOMAN: And in a bed

  • WORKER 1 & 2 AND WOMAN: And we're counting our blessings

  • GIRL 1: Have you seen how the foreman is fuming today?

  • With his terrible breath and his wandering hands

  • GIRL 2: It's because little Fantine won't give him his way

  • GIRL 3: Take a look at his trousers, you'll see where he stands

  • GIRL 2: And the boss, he never knows

  • That the foreman is always in heat

  • If Fantine doesn't look out, watch how she goes

  • She'll be out on the street

  • WORKERS: At the end of the day, it's another day over

  • With enough in your pocket to last for a week

  • Pay the landlord, pay the shop

  • Keep on grafting as long as you're able

  • Keep on grafting 'til you drop

  • Or it's back to the crumbs on the table

  • And you've got to pay your way

  • At the end of the day

  • GIRL 1: And what have we here, little innocent sister?