The time is near
So near itˇs stirring the blood in their veins.
And yet beware!
Donˇt let the wine go to your brains.
We need a sign
To rally the people
To call them to arms
To bring them in line!
Whatˇs wrong today?
You look as if youˇve seen a ghost.
Some wine,and say whatˇs going on!
A ghost,you say? A ghost maybe!
She was like a ghost to me-
One minute there- then she was gone!
I am agog! I am aghast!
Is Marius in love at last?
Iˇve never heard him Ooh and Aah.
You talk of battles to be won
And here he comes like Don Juan!
It is better than an opera!
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 Whatˇs the price you might pay?
Is this simply a game for a rich young boy to play?
The colours of the world are 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 seen her today you might know how it feels
To be struck to the bone by a moment of breathless delight!
Had you been there today You might also have known
How the 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 sheˇs not there!
Red! The colour of desire!
Black! The colour of despair!
Marius,youˇre 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 donˇt 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!
General Lamarque is dead!
Lamarque His death is the hour of fate.
The peopleˇs man
His death is the sign we await!
On his funeral day they will honour his name
With the light of rebellion ablaze in their eyes.
From their candles of grief we will kindle our flame.
On the tomb of Lamarque shall our barricades rise!
The time is here!
Let us welcome it gladly with courage and cheer!
Let us take to the street with no doubt in our hearts
But a jubilant shout! They will come one and all!
They will come when we call!