The TAC libretto--continued


The Bargain--Waltz of Treachery

I found her wandering in the woods * This little child * I found her trembling in the shadows * And I am here to help Cosette * And I will settle any debt you may think proper * I will pay what I must pay * To take Cosette away * What to do, what to say * Shall you carry our treasure away * What a gem, what a pearl * Beyond rubies is our little girl * How can we speak of debt * Let's not haggle for darling Cosette * Dear Fantine, gone to rest * Have we done for your child what is best * Shared our bread, shared each bone * Treated her like she's one of our own * LIke our own, m'sieur * Your feelings do you credit, sir * And I will ease the parting blow * Let us not talk of bargains, or bones, or greed * Now, may I say, we are agreed * That would quite fit the bill * If she hadn't so often been ill * Little dear, cost us dear * Medicines are expensive, m'sieur * Not that we'd begrudge a sou * It's no more than we Christians must do *

One thing more, one small doubt * There are treacherous people about * No offense, please reflect * Your intentions may not be correct *
One thing more, one small doubt * There are treacherous people about * No offense, please reflect * Your intentions may not be correct *
No more words, here's your price * Fifteen hundred for your sacrifice * Come, Cosette, say goodbye * Let us seek out a friendlier sky * Thank you both for Cosette * It won't take you too long to forget

Look Down

Look down and see the beggars at your feet * Look down and show some mercy if you can * Look down and see the sweepings of the street * Look down, look down, upon your fellow man * 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 * Look down and show some mercy if you can * Look down, look down upon your fellow man * What you think you're at * Hanging 'round me pitch * If you're new around here, girl * You've got a lot to learn * Listen, you old bat * Crazy, bloody witch * At least I give my customers some pleasure in return * I know what you give * You give 'em all the pox * Spread around your poison 'til they end up in a box * Leave the poor old cow * Move it, Madeleine * She used to be no better 'til the clap got to her brain * When's it going to end * When we gonna live * Something's gotta happen now or something's gonna give * It'll come, it'll come, it'll come, it'll come, it'll come, it'll come * Where are the leaders of the land * Where are the swells who run this show * Only one man, and that's Lamarque * Speaks for the people here below * See our children fed * Help us in our shame * Something for a crust of bread * In Holy Jesus' name * In the Lord's Holy name * In His name, in His name, in His name * Lamarque is ill and fading fast * Won't last the week out, so they say * With all the anger in the land * How long before the judgement day * Before we cut the fat ones down to size * Before the barricades arise * Look down and show some mercy if you can * Look down, look down, upon your fellow man

Stars

There * Out in the darkness * A fugitive running * Fallen from God * Fallen from grace * God be my witness * I never shall yield * 'Til we come face to face * 'Til we come face to face * He knows his way in the dark * Mine is the way of the Lord * Those who follow the path of the righteous * Shall have their reward * And if they fall as Lucifer fell * The flame * The sword * 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 * Keeping watch in the night * You know your place in the sky * You hold your course and your aim * And each in your season returns and returns * And is always the same * And if you fall as Lucifer fell * You fall in flames * And so it must be * For so it is written * On the doorway to Paradise * That those who falter and those who fall * Must pay the price * Lord, let me find him * That I may see him * Safe behind bars * I will never rest * 'Til then * This I swear * This I swear by the stars

ABC Cafe/Red and Black

At Notre Dame, the sections are prepared * At Rue de Bac, they're straining at the leash * Students, workers, ev'ryone * There's a river on the run * Like the flowing of a tide * Paris coming to our side * The time is near * So near, it's stirring the blood in their veins * And yet beware * Don't let the wine go to your brains * For the army we fight is a dangerous foe * With the men and the arms that we never could match * Oh, it's easy to sit here and swat 'em like flies * But the National Guard will be harder to catch * We need a sign * To rally the people * To call 'em to arms * To bring them in line * Marius, you're late * What's wrong today * You look as if you've seen a ghost * Some wine and say what's going on * A ghost you say * A ghost maybe * She was just like a ghost to me * One minute there, then she was gone * I am agog, I am aghast * Is Marius in love at last * I've never seen him ooh and aah * You talk of battles to be won * And here he comes like Don Ju-an * It's better than an o-per-a * 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 * Had you been there tonight, you might know how it feels * To be struck to the bone in a moment of breathless delight * Had you been there tonight, you might also have known * How your world may be changed in just one burst of light * And what was right seems wrong * And what was wrong seems right * Red * I feel my soul on fire * Black * My world if she's not there * Red * The color of desire * Black * The color of despair * Marius, you're no longer a child * I do not doubt you mean it well * But now there is a higher call * Who cares about your lonely soul * We strive towards a larger goal * Our little lives don't count at all * 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 * Well, Courfeyrac, do we have all the guns * Feuilly, Combeferre, our time is running short * Grantaire, put the bottle down * Do we have the guns we need * Give me brandy on my breath * And I'll breathe them all to death * At Saint Antoine they're with us to a man * At Notre Dame they're tearing up the stones * Twenty rifles good as new * Listen * Twenty rounds to every man * Listen to me * Double that in Port Saint Cloud * Listen everybody * Seven guns in Saint Martin * General Lamarque is dead * Lamarque is dead * Lamarque * His death is the hour of fate * The people's man * His death is the sign we await * On his funeral day they will honor his name * It's a rallying cry that will reach every ear * In the death of Lamarque we will kindle the flame * They will see that the day of salvation is near * The time is here * Let us welcome it gladly with courage and cheer * Let us take to the streets with no doubt in our hearts * But a jubilant shout * They will come one and all * They will come when we call

Do You Hear the People Sing?

Do you hear the people sing * Singing the 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 the 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 the 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

Rue Plumet--In My Life

How strange * This feeling that my life's begun at last * This change * Can people really fall in love so fast * What's the matter with you, Cosette * Have you been too much on your own * So many things unclear * So many things unknown * In my life * There are so many questions and answers that somehow seem wrong * In my life * There are times when I catch in the silence the sigh of a faraway song * And it sings of a world that I long to see * Out of reach, just a whisper away * Waiting for me * Does he know I'm alive * Do I know if he's real * Did he see what I saw * Does he feel what I feel * In my life * I'm no longer alone * Now the love in my life is so near * Find me now * Find me here * In my life * She has burst like the music of angels * The light of the sun * And my life * Seems to stop as if something is over and something has scarcely begun * Eponine * You're the friend who has brought me here * Thanks to you * I am one with the gods and heaven is near * And I soar through a world that is new, that is free * 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 *

In my life * There is someone who touches my life *
In my life * There is someone who touches my life *
Waiting near * Waiting here

A Heart Full of Love

A heart full of love * A heart full of song * I'm doing everything all wrong * Oh, God, for shame * I do not even know your name * Dear mad'moiselle * Won't you say * Will you tell * A heart full of love * No fear, no regret * My name is Marius Pontmercy * And mine's Cosette * Cosette, I don't know what to say * Then make no sound * I am lost * I am found * A heart full of light *

A night bright as day *
A night bright as day *
And you must never go away * Cosette, Cosette * This is a chain we'll never break * Do I dream * I'm awake *

A heart full of love * A heart full of you * One single look, and then I knew *
From today *
For it isn't a dream * Not a dream after all

A heart full of you *

I knew it too *
Every day * For it isn't a dream * Not a dream after all
He was never mine to lose * Why regret what could not be * There are words he'll never say * Not to me * Not to me * Not for me * His heart full of love * He will never feel this way
The Attack on Rue Plumet

This is his lair * I've seen the old fox around * He keeps himself to himself * He's staying close to the ground * I smell profit here * Ten years ago he came and paid for Cosette * I let her go for a song, it's time we settled the debt * This'll cost him dear * What do I care who you should rob * Give me my share * Finish the job * You shut your mouth * Give me your hands * What have we here * Who is this hussy * It's your brat Eponine, don't you know your own kid * Why's she hanging about you * Eponine, get on home * You're not needed in this * We're enough here without you * I know this house, I tell you * There's nothing here for you * Just the old man and the girl * They live ordinary lives * Don't interfere, you've got some gall * Take care, young miss, you've got a lot to say * She's going soft * Happens to all * Go home, 'Ponine, go home, you're in the way * I'm gonna scream, I'm gonna warn them here * One little scream and you'll regret it for a year * What a palaver, what an absolute treat * To watch a cat and its father pick a bone in the street * Not a sound out of you * Well, I told you I'd do it * I told you I'd do it * You wait, my girl * You'll rue this night * I'll make you scream * You'll scream all right * Leave her to me * Don't wait around * Make for the sewers * Go underground * It was your cry * Sent them away * Once more 'Ponine * Saving the day * Dearest Cosette * My friend 'Ponine * Brought me to you * Showed me the way * Somebody's near * Let's not be seen * Somebody's here * My God, Cosette * I heard a cry in the dark * I heard the shout of angry voices in the street * That was my cry you heard, Papa * I was afraid of what they'd do * They ran away when they heard my cry * Cosette, my child, what will become of you * Three men I saw beyond the wall * Three men in shadow moving fast * This is a warning to us all * These are the shadows of the past * Must be Javert, he's found my cover at last * I've got to get Cosette away before they return * We must get away from shadows * That will never let us be * Tomorrow to Calais, then a ship across the sea * Hurry, Cosette, prepare to leave and say no more * Tomorrow we'll away * Hurry, Cosette, it's time to close another door * And live another day

One Day More!

One day more * Another day, another destiny * This never ending road to Calvary * These men who seem to know my crime * Will surely come a second time * One day more * I did not live until today * How can I live when we are parted * One day more *

Tomorrow you'll be worlds away * And yet with you my world has started *
Tomorrow you'll be worlds away * And yet with you my world has started *
One more day all on my own *
One more day with him not caring *
What a life I might have known *
But he never saw me there
*
Will we ever meet again *
I was born to be with you *
And I swear I will be true
*
Will we ever meet again *
I was born to be with you *
And I swear I will be true
*
One more day before the storm * Do I follow where she goes * At the barricades of freedom * Shall I join my brothers there * When the ranks begin to form * Do I stay, and do I dare * Will you take your place with me * The time is now, the day is here * One day more * One more day to revolution * We will nip it in the bud * I will join these little schoolboys * They will wet themselves with blood * One day more *
Watch 'em run amok * Catch 'em as they fall * Never know your luck when there's a free for all * Here a little dip * There a little touch * Most of 'em are goners, so they won't miss much *
Watch 'em run amok * Catch 'em as they fall * Never know your luck when there's a free for all * Here a little dip * There a little touch * Most of 'em are goners, so they won't miss much *
One day to a new beginning * Raise the flag of freedom high * Every man will be a king * Every man will be a king * There's a new world for the winning * There's a new world to be won * Do you hear the people sing * My place is here, I fight with you * One day more *

I did not live until today *
One more day all on my own *
How can I live when we are parted *
I did not live until today *



How can I live when we are parted
*
I will join these people's heros * I will follow where they go * I will learn their little secrets, I will know the things they know *
Watch 'em run amok * Catch 'em as they fall * Here a little dip * There a little touch *
Watch 'em run amok * Catch 'em as they fall * Here a little dip * There a little touch *
One day more *

Tomorrow you'll be worlds away *
What a life I might have known *
And yet, with you my world has started *
Tomorrow you'll be worlds away *



And yet, with you my world has started
*
One more day to revolution * We will nip it in the bud * We'll be ready for these schoolboys *
Watch 'em run amok * Catch 'em as they fall * Never know your luck when there's a free for all *
Watch 'em run amok * Catch 'em as they fall * Never know your luck when there's a free for all *
Tomorrow we'll be far away * Tomorrow is the judgement day * Tomorrow we'll discover what our God in heaven has in store * One more dawn * One more day * One day more

Act II

Building the Barricade/On My Own

And now I'm all alone again * Nowhere to turn, no one to go to * Without a home, without a friend * Without a face to say hello to * And now the night is near * Now I can make believe he's here * Sometimes I walk alone at night when everybody else is sleeping * I think of him and then I'm happy with the company I'm keeping * The city goes to bed * And I can live inside my head * On my own * Pretending he's beside me * All alone * I walk with him 'til morning * Without him 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 * And I know it's only in my mind * That I'm talking to myself and not to him * And although I know that he is blind * Still I say, there's a way for us * I love him, but when the night is over * He is gone, the river's just a river * Without him, the world around me changes * The trees are bare and everywhere * The streets are full of strangers * I love him, but everyday I'm learning * All my life I've only been pretending * Without me, his world will go on turning * A world that's full of happiness that I have never known * I love him * I love him * I love him, but only on my own

Back at the Barricade

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 * Now we pledge ourselves to hold this barricade * Let them come in their legions and they will be met * Have faith in yourselves, and don't be afraid * Let's give them a screwing they'll never forget * This is where it begins * And if I should die in the fight to be free * Where the fighting is hardest, there will I be * Let them come if they dare * We'll be there * You at the barricades listen to this * No one is coming to help you to fight * You're on your own * You have no friends * Give up your guns or die * Damn their warnings, damn their lies * They will see the people rise * Damn their warnings, damn their lies * They will see the people rise

Javert's Arrival/Little People

Listen, my friends, I have done as I said * I have been to their lines, I have counted each man * I will tell what I can * Better be warned, they have armies to spare * And our danger is real * We will need all our cunning * To bring them to heel * Have faith * If you know what their movements are we'll spoil their game * There are ways that a people can fight * We shall overcome their power * I have overheard their plans * There will be no attack tonight * They intend to starve us out * Before they start a proper fight * Concentrate their force * Hit us from the right * Liar * Good evening, dear Inspector * Lovely evening, my dear * I know this man, my friends * His name's Inspector Javert * So don't believe a word he says * 'Cause none of it's true * This only goes to show what little people can do * And little people know * When little people fight * We may look easy pickings, but we've got some bite * So never kick a dog * Because he's just a pup * We'll fight like twenty armies * And we won't give up * So you better run for cover when the pup grows up * Bravo, little Gavroche, you're the top of the class * So what're we gonna do with this snake in the grass * Tie this man and take him to the tavern in there * The people will decide your fate, Inspector Javert * Take the bastard now and shoot him * Let us watch this devil dance * You'd have done the same, Inspector, if we'd let you have your chance * Take this man, bring him through * There is work we have to do

A Little Fall of Rain

Don't you fret, m'sieur Marius * I don't feel any pain * A little fall of rain * Can hardly hurt me now * You're here, that's all I need to know * And you will keep me safe * And you will keep me close * And rain will make the flowers grow * But you will live, 'Ponine, dear God above * If I could heal your wounds with words of love * Just hold me now and let it be * Shelter me * Comfort me * You would live a hundred years * If I could show you how * I won't desert you now * The rain can't hurt me now * This rain will wash away what's past * And you will keep me safe * And you will keep me close * I'll sleep in your embrace at last * The rain that brings you here is heaven blessed * The skies begin to clear, and I'm at rest * A breath away from where you are * I've come home, from so far *

So don't you fret, m'sieur Marius * I don't feel any pain * A little fall of rain can hardly hurt me now *
That's all I need to know * And you will keep me safe * And you will keep me close * And rain * Will make the flowers
Hush a bye, dear Eponine * You won't feel any pain * A little fall of rain can hardly hurt you now * I'm here *
I will stay with you 'til you are sleeping * And rain * Will make the flowers * grow
Night of Anguish

She is the first to fall * The first of us to fall upon this barricade * Her name was Eponine * Her life was cold and dark * Yet she was unafraid * We fight here in her name * She will not die in vain * She will not be betrayed *

First Attack

Here comes a man in uniform * What brings you to this place * I come here as a volunteer * But look upon your face * You wear an army uniform * That's why they let me through * You've got some years behind you, sir * A volunteer like you * A spy who calls himself Javert * He's gonna get it too * They're getting ready to attack * Take this and use it well * But if you shoot us in the back * You'll never live to tell * Platoon of sappers advancing towards the barricade * Troops behind them, fifty men or more * Fire * See how they run away * By God, we've won the day * They will be back again, make an attack again * For your presence of mind, for the deed you have done * I will thank you, m'sieur, when our battle is won * Give me no thanks, m'sieur * There's something you can do * If it is in my power * Give me the spy, Javert * Let me take care of him * The law is inside out, the world is upside down * Do what you have to do * This man belongs to you * The enemy may be regrouping * Hold yourselves in readiness * Come on, my friends, back to your positions * The night is falling fast

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