Where we are standing

From one of the Great Works of European Literature (here for the English), written by Victor Hugo and published in 1862; and there is still so much in it “from today”.

For a less “poetical account” see the recent report by OXFAM: A EUROPE FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW

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CHORUS
Look down, look down
Don’t look ‘em in the eye
Look down, look down
You’re here until you die

1ST CONVICT
The sun is strong
It’s hot as hell below

CHORUS
Look down, look down
there’s twenty years to go.

2ND CONVICT
I’ve done no wrong
Sweet Jesus, hear my prayer

CHORUS
Look down, look down
Sweet Jesus doesn’t care

3RD CONVICT
I know she’ll wait
I know that she’ll be true

CHORUS
Look down, look down
They’ve all forgotten you

4TH CONVICT
When I get free
You won’t see me
Here for dust

CHORUS
Look down, look down
Don’t look ‘em in the eye.

5TH CONVICT
How long, O Lord
Before you let me die?

CHORUS
Look down, look down
You’ll always be a slave
Look down, look down
You’re standing in your grave.

JAVERT
Now bring me prisoner 24601
Your time is up
And your parole’s begun
You know what that means.

VALJEAN
Yes, it means I’m free.

JAVERT
NO! It means you get
Your yellow ticket-of-leave
You are a thief.

VALJEAN
I stole a loaf of bread.

JAVERT
You robbed a house.

VALJEAN
I broke a window pane.
My sister’s child was close to death
And we were starving.

JAVERT
You will starve again
Unless you learn the meaning of the law.

VALJEAN
I know the meaning of those 19 years
A slave of the law.

JAVERT
Five years for what you did
The rest because you tried to run
Yes, 24601.

VALJEAN
My name is Jean Valjean!

JAVERT
And I’m Javert!
Do not forget my name
Do not forget me
24601

CHORUS
Look down, look down
You’ll always be a slave
Look down, look down
You’re standing in your grave.

Les Miserables – Prologue Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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