Les Misérables

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes
Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes

This scene happens at the end of Les Mis.  A few scenes back, Jean Valjean was dying and he died with Cosette, his adopted daughter, and Marius, his now son-in law, by his side.  The spirit of Fantine appeared thanking him for raising Cosette.  Marius thanked Valjean for saving his life at the barricade and seeing her adopted father die, Cosette was quite devastated.

The sad part is that Jean Valjean died on the night of Cosette’s wedding and by the end, Cosette and Marius have lost everyone that meant something to them except for each other.  Once Valjean dies, the spirit of Fantine escorts him to heaven and at the entrance the bishop welcomes him.  Valjean lived his entire life through the example the bishop showed him.  That is why he agreed to raise Cosette, why he turned himself in when an innocent man was believed to be Valjean, why he was able to forgive Javert and why he went to the barricades to rescue Marius.  All of Valjean’s actions makes his redemption feel so strong in the end.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

12 thoughts on “Les Misérables

  1. Les Mis means a lot to me- even that is hard to put it into words. My journey began in 2013- that was when I gave the film a second chance and after that, the rest is history. While tragic and heartbreaking, at the same time uplifting and inspiring

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      1. Well, I am obsessed with Les Mis. Now saw the stage show six times.

        2013 was Community College- that is when I went with my family and ushered twice

        2015 was West End- date with mom and lived a dream

        2017- US tour with Gardner Webb University

        2019- US tour with Blumenthal

        Living in the US and in a major touring city (Charlotte) is helpful when you love musicals.
        Today’s post does talk about Les Mis.

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      2. Of course. Actually, in like two posts from now- you really can in a way show my Les Mis journey. After all two experiences in cinemas- film (most negative experience), and by time I saw the staged 2019 concert in cinemas, I already developed a strong love for Les Mis.

        So in so many ways, both cinema experiences do really show that love if you think about it- nothing to do with cast

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