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"Come to Me" or "Fantine's Death"
Fantine's Death
Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Fantine
Jean Valjean
Little Cosette (silent, 2012 film only)

Song Order
Previous

"Who Am I?"

Next

"The Confrontation"

"Come to Me" (also known as "Fantine's Death") takes part in 1823. In this scene Fantine is close to dying and hallucinates that Cosette is indeed there in the sickroom with her. Monseiur Madeleine (Jean Valjean in disguise) enters and accompanies her. Fantine then tells Valjean to take Cosette and promise to take care of her. Before Fantine's death, she tells Valjean to tell Cosette that she loves her, and that they will see each other again.

The song was sung by Fantine and Jean Valjean. It has the same melody as the more famous "On My Own" and the same theme returns during the Finale just before the reprise of "Do You Hear The People Sing?"

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.

LyricsEdit

[Fantine is lying in a hospital bed, delirious]


Fantine: Cosette, it's turned so cold
Cosette, it's past your bed time!
You’ve played the day away
And soon it will be night.


Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don’t you see the evening star appearing?
Come to me and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.
Hurry near, another day is dying
Don’t you hear the winter wind is crying?
There’s a darkness which comes without a warning
But I will sing you lullabies and wake you in the morning.


[Jean Valjean enters]


Jean Valjean: Oh, Fantine, our time is running out
But, Fantine, I swear this on my life.


Fantine: Look M'sieur, where all the children play.


Jean Valjean: Be at peace, be at peace evermore.


Fantine: My Cosette...


Jean Valjean: Shall live in my protection.


Fantine: Take her now.


Jean Valjean: Your child will want for nothing.


Fantine: Good M'sieur, you come from God in heaven.


Jean Valjean: And none will ever harm Cosette
As long as I am living.


Fantine: Take my hand
The night grows ever colder.


Jean Valjean: Then I will keep you warm.


Fantine: Take my child
I give her to your keeping.


Jean Valjean: Take shelter from the storm.


Fantine: For God's sake, please stay till I am sleeping
And tell Cosette I love her
And I'll see her when I wake...


[She dies with a smile. Javert arrives]

TriviaEdit

  • Some stage productions change the line "Don’t you hear the winter wind is crying?" to "Don't you see the evening star appearing?"
  • In the movie most lines are either cut or altered.
  • In the original French concept album (1980) the song doesn't appear.

Other VersionsEdit

2012 Movie VersionEdit

Fantine: Cosette, it's turned so cold
Cosette, it's past your bed time!
You’ve played the day away
And soon it will be night.
Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don’t you see the evening star appearing?
Come to me and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.

Jean Valjean: Dear Fantine, Cosette'll be here soon
Dear Fantine, she will be by your side.

Fantine: Come, Cosette, my child, where did you go?

Jean Valjean: Be at peace, be at peace evermore.

Fantine: My Cosette...


Jean Valjean: Shall live in my protection.


Fantine: Take her now.


Jean Valjean: Your child will want for nothing.


Fantine: Good M'sieur, you come from God in heaven.
Tell Cosette I love her
And I'll see her when I wake...

VideosEdit

Les Misérables 8- Come To Me (Fantine's Death)03:47

Les Misérables 8- Come To Me (Fantine's Death)

Les Misérables (Orignal London Cast)- Come to Me (Fantine's Death)


Les Miserables Come To Me - Lea Salonga02:54

Les Miserables Come To Me - Lea Salonga

Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Concert) - Come to Me

Ruthie Henshall - Come To Me Fantine's Death (Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert)03:47

Ruthie Henshall - Come To Me Fantine's Death (Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert)

Les Miserables (10th Anniversary Concert) - Come To Me/Fantine's Death


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