Les Miserables Musical Lyrics

Fantine's Death: Confrontation

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Fantine's Death: Confrontation Lyrics

    Valjean, at last,
    We see each other plain
    `M'sieur le Mayor,'
    You'll wear a different chain!

    Before you say another word, Javert
    Before you chain me up like a slave again
    Listen to me! There is something I must do.
    This woman leaves behind a suffering child.
    There is none but me who can intercede,
    In Mercy's name, three days are all I need.
    Then I'll return, I pledge my word.
    Then I'll return

    You must think me mad!
    I've hunted you across the years
    A man like you can never change
    A man such as you.

    VALJEAN in counterpoint
    Believe of me what you will
    There is a duty that I'm sworn to do
    You know nothing of my life
    All I did was steal some bread
    You know nothing of the world
    You would sooner see me dead
    But not before I see this justice
    I am warning you Javert
    I'm a stronger man by far
    There is power in me yet
    My race is not yet run
    I am warning you Javert
    There is nothing I won't dare
    If I have to kill you here
    I'll do what must be done!

    JAVERT in counterpoint
    Men like me can never change
    Men like you can never change
    My duty's to the law - you have no
    Come with me 24601
    Now the wheel has turned around
    Jean Valjean is nothing now
    Dare you talk to me of crime
    And the price you had to pay
    Every man is born in sin
    Every man must choose his way
    You know nothing of Javert
    I was born inside a jail
    I was born with scum like you
    I am from the gutter too!

    Valjean breaks a chair and threatens Javert with the broken piece.
    Turns to Fantine

    And this I swear to you tonight

    There is no place for you to hide

    Your child will live within my care

    Wherever you may hide away

    And I will raise her to the light.

    I swear to you, I will be there!

    They fight, Javert is knocked out. Valjean escapes