Prologue / Look Down - Live

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Look down! Look down! Don't look 'on in the eye
Look down! Look down! You're here until you die
The sun is strong. It's hot as hell below!
Look down! Look down! There's twenty years to go
Eve done no wrong. Sweet Jesus, hear my prayer
Look down! Look down! Sweet Jesus doesn't care
I know she'll wait. I know that she'll be true
Look down! Look down! They've all forgotten you
When I get free. You won't see me
'Ere for dust
Look down! Look down! Don't look 'on in the eye
How long, Dear Lord. Before you let me die?
Look down! Look down! You'll always be a slave
Look down! Look down! You're standing in your grave
Now bring me prisoner 24601
Your time is up. And your parole's begun
You know what that means
Yes, it means I'm free
No! It means you get your yellow ticket-of-leave.
You are a thief!
I stole a loaf of bread
You robbed a house!
I broke a window pane
My sister's child was close to death
And we were starving
You will starve again
Unless you learn the meaning of the law
I know the meaning of those nineteen years
A slave of the law
Five years for what you did
The rest because you tried to run
Yes, 24601
My name is Jean Valjean
And I'm Javert!
Do not forget my name
Do not forget me
24601
Look down! Look down! You'll always be a slave
Look down! Look down! You're standing in your grave

Freedom is mine
The Earth is still
I feel the wind
I breathe again
And the sky clears
The world is waking

I drink from the pool
How clean the taste
Never forget the years
The waste
Nor forgive them
For what they've done
They are the guilty
Every one

The day begins
And now let's see
What this new world
Will do for me

You'll have to go
I'll pay you off for the day
Collect your bits and pieces there And be on your way
You have given me half what the other men get
This handful of tin wouldn't buy my sweat!
You broke the law. It's there for people to see
Why should you get the same As honest men like me?

Now every door is closed to me
Another jail. Another key. Another chain
For when I come to any town
They check my papers And they find the mark of Cain
In their eyes
I see their fear
"We do not want you here"

My rooms are full
And Eve no supper to spare
I'd like to help a stranger, All we want is to be fair
I will pay in advance, I can sleep in a barn
You see how dark it is I'm not some kind of dog
You leave my house! Or feel the weight of my rod
We're law abiding people here. Thanks be to God

And now I know how freedom feels
The jailer always at your heels
It is the law!
This piece of paper in my hand
That makes me cursed throughout the land
It is the law!
Like a cur
I walk the street
The dirt beneath their feet

Come in, Sir, for you are weary
And the night is cold out there
Though our lives are very humble
What we have, we have to share
There is wine here to revive you
There is bread to make you strong
There's a bed to rest 'til morning
Rest from pain, and rest from wrong

He let me eat my fill
I had the lion's share
The silver in my hand
Cost twice what I had earned
In all those nineteen years
That lifetime of despair
And yet he trusted me
The old fool trusted me
He'd done his bit of good
I played the grateful serf
And thanked him like I should
But when the house was still
I got up in the night
Took the silver
Took my flight!

Tell His Reverence your story
Let us see if he's impressed
You were lodging here last night
You were the honest Bishop's guest
And then, out of Christian goodness
When he learned about your plight
You maintain he made a present of this silver
That is right
But my friend, you left so early
Surely something slipped your mind
You forgot I gave these also
Would you leave the best behind?
So, Messieurs, you may release him
For this man has spoken true
I commend you for your duty
And God's blessing go with you

But remember this, my brother
See in this some higher plan
You must use this precious silver
To become an honest man
By the witness of the martyrs
By the Passion and the Blood
God has raised you out of darkness
I have bought your soul for God