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"In My Life"
In My Life
Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Cosette
Éponine
Jean Valjean
Marius

Song Order
Previous

"ABC Café / Red and Black" (2012 movie)
"Do You Hear The People Sing?" (musical)

Next

"A Heart Full of Love"

"In My Life" takes place at Rue Plumet. It largely involves a duet between Cosette and Valjean, though Marius and Éponine also sing near the end.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.

Lyrics Edit

[Cosette is sitting in the garden at Rue Plumet]


Cosette: How strange, this feeling that my life’s begun at last
This change, can people really fall in love so fast?
What’s the matter with you, Cosette?
Have you been too much on your own?
So many things unclear
So many things unknown.


In my life
There are so many questions and answers
That somehow seem wrong
In my life
There are times when I catch in the silence
The sigh of a faraway song
And it sings
Of a world that I long to see
Out of reach
Just a whisper away
Waiting for me!


Does he know I’m alive?
Do I know if he’s real?
Does he see what I see?
Does he feel what I feel?


In my life
I’m no longer alone
Now the love in my life
Is so near ...
Find me now, find me here!


Valjean: Dear Cosette,
You’re such a lonely child
How pensive, how sad you seem to me
Believe me, were it within my power
I’d fill each passing hour
How quiet it must be, I can see,
With only me for company.


Cosette: There’s so little I know
That I’m longing to know
Of the child that I was
In a time long ago…


There’s so little you say
Of the life you have known
Why you keep to yourself
Why we’re always alone
So dark! So dark, and deep…
The secrets that you keep!


In my life

I have all that I want

You are loving and gentle and good

But Papa, dear Papa, in your eyes

I am just like a child who is lost in a wood


Valjean: No more words
No more words. It’s a time that is dead
There are words
That are better unheard
Better unsaid.


Cosette: In my life
I’m no longer a child and I yearn
For the truth that you know
Of the years… years ago!


Valjean: You will learn
Truth is given by God
To us all in our time
In our turn.


[Valjean exits]


Marius: In my life
She has burst like the music of angels
The light of the sun!
And my life seems to stop
As if something is over
And something has scarcely begun.
Éponine, you’re the friend
Who has brought me here
Thanks to you, I am one with the gods
And Heaven is near!
And I soar through a world that is new, that is free.


Éponine: Every word that he says
Is a dagger in me!
In my life
There's been no one like him anywhere
Anywhere, where he is
If he asked... I'd be his.


Marius & Éponine: In my life, there is someone who touches my life ...


Marius: Waiting near!


Éponine: Waiting here!

Trivia Edit

  • In some versions lyrics are little changed, for example Judy Kuhn sings, "Did he see what I saw?" and Katie Hall sings "it's so little I know that I'm longing to know of the child that I was in a time long ago"
  • In the 2012 movie Amanda Seyfried sings "There’s so little I know/that I'm longing to know/of the man that you were/in a time long ago" and "In my life/please, forgive what I say/you are loving and gentle and good"
  • In the 10th anniversary concert the duet between Valjean and Cosette is cut.
  • In the Original London Version "I Saw Him Once", "In My life", and "A Heart Full Of Love" create one song.
  • In the Original French Version Eponine's part is cut.
  • In the Original French concept album track is divided into to songs: Cosette's and Valjean's duet (Cosette: Dans la vie) and Marius' solo (Marius: Dans la vie).
  • In the Polish version the song is titled "Z biegiem lat" which means "Over the years".

Other versions Edit

Original London Cast Version Edit

Cosette: In my life
I have all that I want
You are loving and gentle and good
But Papa, dear Papa,
In your eyes I am still like a child
Who is lost in a wood.

Valjean: No more words
No more words. It’s a time that is dead
There are words
That are better unheard
Better unsaid.

Marius: In my life
She has burst like the music of angels
The light of the sun!
And my life seems to stop
As if something is over
And something has scarcely begun.

Marius and Éponine: In my life, there is someone who touches my life.


Marius: Waiting near!


Éponine: Waiting here!

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