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"I Dreamed a Dream"
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Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Fantine

Song Order
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"Lovely Ladies"

Next

"Fantine's Arrest"

"I Dreamed a Dream" takes part in the year 1823, Montreuil-sur-Mer. It is sung by Fantine after she's left alone, unemployed and destitute. During this song, Fantine thinks back to happier days and wonders about all that has gone wrong in her life.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.

LyricsEdit

Fantine:
There was a time when men were kind,
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting.
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting.
There was a time
Then it all went wrong.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame.
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days
With endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came.

And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms
We cannot weather...

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

TriviaEdit

  • The song is one of the most famous songs from the musical. It came to attention again after it was sung by Susan Boyle in Britain's Got Talent in 2009.
  • The song is known as "J'avais rêvé" (I Had Dreamed) in the 1991 Paris revival, "Soñé una vida" in the Spanish production (I Dreamed a Life), "Ich hab geträumt vor langer Zeit" in the German production and "Mijn Droom" in the Dutch production.
  • In the Polish version the song is titled "Wyśniłam sen"
  • In Original French version the song is known as "J'avais rêvé d'une autre vie" (I Had Dreamed of Another Life)
  • In 2012 movie and in the original French production this song appears after "Lovely Ladies", not before.

VideosEdit

Les Miserables (Original London Cast 1985) - I Dreamed a Dream04:28

Les Miserables (Original London Cast 1985) - I Dreamed a Dream

Les Miserables - I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream - Anne Hathaway Les Misérables 2012 OST04:39

I Dreamed a Dream - Anne Hathaway Les Misérables 2012 OST

Les Misérables (2012 Movie) - I Dreamed A Dream


Ruthie Henshall - I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert - Royal Albert Hall)04:23

Ruthie Henshall - I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert - Royal Albert Hall)

Les Miserables (10th Anniversary) - I Dreamed A Dream

Les Miserables I Dreamed a Dream - Lea Salonga04:46

Les Miserables I Dreamed a Dream - Lea Salonga

Les Miserables (25th Anniversairy)- I Dreamed a Dream


TM Roma, Les Misérables, WYŚNIŁAM SEN04:04

TM Roma, Les Misérables, WYŚNIŁAM SEN

Polish version of the song

I Dreamed a Dream - FULL SCENE - Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables04:43

I Dreamed a Dream - FULL SCENE - Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables

Movie scene

I Dreamed A Dream Royal Variety Performance, 1991 - Patti LuPone02:02

I Dreamed A Dream Royal Variety Performance, 1991 - Patti LuPone

Original London version of the song

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