Claude-Michel Schönberg

"Who Am I?"

[VALJEAN]
They think that man is me
Without a second glance
The stranger they have found
This man could be my chance

Why should I save his hide?
Why should I right this wrong?
When I have come so far
And struggled for so long?

If I speak, I am condemned
If I stay silent, I am damned

I am the master of hundreds of workers
They all look to me
Can I abandon them, how would they live
If I am not free?

If I speak, I am condemned
If I stay silent, I am damned

Who am I?
Can I condemn this man to slavery?
Pretend I do not feel his agony?
This innocent who wears my face
Who goes to judgement in my place

Who am I?
Can I conceal myself for evermore?
Pretend I'm not the man I was before?
And must my name until I die
Be no more than an alibi?

Must I lie?
How can I ever face my fellow men?
How can I ever face myself again?
My soul belongs to God, I know
I made that bargain long ago

He gave me hope, when hope was gone
He gave me strength to journey on

Who am I? Who am I?
(spoken)
I'm Jean Valjean

[JUDGE, spoken]
Monsieur Mayor

[VALJEAN]
And so your Honor, you see it's true
This man bears no more guilt than you
Who am I? 24601!

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