Les Miserables Musical Lyrics

Prologue: What Have I Done?

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Prologue: What Have I Done? Lyrics

    What have I done?
    Sweet Jesus, what have I done?
    Become a thief in the night,
    Become a dog on the run
    And 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 was 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

    Yet why did I allow that man
    To touch my soul and teach me love?
    He treated me like any other
    He gave me his trust
    He called me brother
    My life he claims for God above
    Can such things be?
    For I had come to hate the world
    This world that always hated me

    Take an eye for an eye!
    Turn your heart into stone!
    This is all I have lived for!
    This is all I have known!

    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
    And I stare into the void
    To the whirlpool of my sin
    I'll escape now from the world
    From the world of Jean Valjean
    Jean Valjean is nothing now
    Another story must begin!

    He tears up his yellow ticket-of-leave
    Constables leave. The bishop addresses Valjean

    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 you out of darkness
    I have bought your soul for God!