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27 Memorable Lyrics From ‘Les Misérables’

Do you hear the theatre nerds sing?

Before ‘Hamilton’ or ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ swept the world by storm, another powerful musical transcended Broadway and found its place in mainstream culture. For decades, audiences across the globe have been filling theatres to witness the incomparable stage experience that is ‘Les Misérables’. This timeless musical, based on the acclaimed novel by Victor Hugo, is loved by many for its emotional tale of hope, forgiveness and humanity.

Here are 27 memorable lyrics from ‘Les Mis’:


“The color of the world is changing day by day.”
Enjolras (Red And Black)


“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Fantine & Jean Valjean (Epilogue)


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
Chorus (Epilogue)


“At the end of the day you’re another day older, and that’s all you can say for the life of the poor.”
Chorus (At The End Of The Day)


“I dreamed a dream in time gone by, when hope was high and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die. I dreamed that God would be forgiving.”
Fantine (I Dreamed A Dream)


“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!”
Enjolras (Red And Black)


“The day begins and now let’s see what this new world will do for me.”
Jean Valjean (Overture)


“I know a place where no one’s lost. I know a place where no one cries. Crying at all is not allowed. Not in my castle on a cloud.”
Cosette (Castle On A Cloud)


“Bring him peace, bring him joy. He is young, he is only a boy. You can take, you can give. Let him be, let him live. If I die, let me die. Let him live. Bring him home.”
Jean Valjean (Bring Him Home)


“I love him but when the night is over he is gone, the river’s just a river.”
Eponine (On My Own)


“’Ow 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.”
Gavroche (Look Down)


“Nothing gets you nothing. Everything has got a little price!”
Thenardier (Master Of The House)


“Oh, my friends! My friends, don’t ask me what your sacrifice was for! Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends shall sing no more.”
Marius (Empty Chairs At Empty Tables)


“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 the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!”
Enjolras & Company (Do You Hear The People Sing?)


“Take my love, for love is everlasting.”
Fantine (Epilogue)


“Who am I? 24601!”
Jean Valjean (Who Am I)


“There’s a new world for the winning. There’s a new world to be won.”
Company (One Day More)


“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.”
Jean Valjean (Valjean’s Soliloquy)


“Stars – In your multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness with order and light…”
Javert (Stars)


“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!”
Company (Do You Hear The People Sing?)


“And I am Javert! Do not forget my name…”
Javert (Work Song/Look Down)


“Let the wine of friendship never run dry.”
Enjolras & Men (Drink With Me)


“Shall I join my brothers there? When our 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.”
Enjolras & Marius (One Day More)


“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.”
Eponine (A Little Fall Of Rain)


“A heart full of love. No fear, no regret.”
Cosette (A Heart Full Of Love)


“On my own pretending he’s beside me. All alone, I walk with him till morning.”
Eponine (On My Own)


“Jean Valjean is nothing now, another story must begin!”
Jean Valjean (Valjean’s Soliloquy)

Want to share another quotable lyric from ‘Les Misérables’? Comment below…

Written by Kailey Hansen

Kailey received her B.A. in English, studied Shakespeare in London and interned at an opera house.


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