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Won't you say? Will you tell?
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"Look Down"
Look Down
Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Enjolras
Gavroche
Marius
Joly (2012 film)
Courfeyrac (2012 film)
People of Paris

Song Order
Previous

"Stars" (film and 1985 London Production)
"The Bargain / The Thénardier Waltz of Treachery" (musical)

Next

"The Robbery / Javert's Intervention"

"Look Down" (sometimes referred to as "Paris: 1832", or in the School Edition as "The Beggars") involves one of the best known musical themes in the musical, imitating that which is first heard in the Work Song. It is important for the plot, introducing Gavroche, Enjolras, Marius, and the plight of the working poor. It also re-introduces the Thénardiers and their now grown-up daughter Éponine, who have lost their inn and have become destitute, and now resorted to a full crime. This song flows directly into "The Robbery."

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.

The song is known as "Donnez, donnez" in the original French production, "Bonjour Paris" in the 1991 Paris revival, "París/Piedad" in the Spanish production, "Schaut her" in the German production and "Omlaag" in the Dutch production.

LyricsEdit

Beggars:
Look down, and see the beggars at your feet
Look down and show some mercy if you can
Look down and see
The sweepings of the streets
Look down, look down,
Upon your fellow man!

Gavroche:
How do you do? My name's Gavroche
These are my people, here's my patch
Not much to look at, nothing posh
Nothing that you'd call up to scratch

This is my school, my high society
Here in the slums of Saint Michel
We live on crumbs of humble piety
Tough on the teeth, but what the hell!

Think you're poor?
Think you're free?
Follow me, follow me!

Beggars:
Look down, and show some mercy if you can
Look down, look down, upon your fellow man

[An old beggar woman finds a young prostitute occupying her patch.]

Old Beggar Woman:
What you think yer at?
Hanging round me pitch?
If you're new around here, girl
You've got a lot to learn

Young Prostitute:
Listen you old bat
Crazy bloody witch
'Least I give my customers
Some pleasure in return

Old Beggar Woman:
I know what you give!
Give 'em all the pox!
Spread around your poison
Till they end up in a box

Pimp:
Leave the poor old cow,
Move it, Madeleine
She used to be no better
Till the clap got to her brain

Beggars:
When's it gonna end?
When we gonna live?
Something's gotta happen now or
Something's gonna give...

It'll come, it'll come, it'll come
It'll come, it'll come, it'll come

Enjolras:
Where are the leaders of the land?
Where are the swells who run this show?

Marius:
Only one man - and that's Lamarque
Speaks for the people here below

Beggars:
See our children fed
Help us in our shame
Something for a crust of bread
In Holy Jesus' name

Urchin:
In the Lord's Holy name.

Beggars:
In his name, in his name, in his name...

Marius:
Lamarque is ill and fading fast!
Won't last the week out so they say

Enjolras:
With all the anger in the land
How long before the judgement day?
Before we cut the fat ones down to size?
Before the barricades arise?

Gavroche:
Watch out for old Thénardier
All of his family is on the make
Once ran a hash-house down the way
Bit of a swine and no mistake

He's got a gang
The bleeding layabout
Even his daughter does her share
That's Éponine, she knows her way about
Only a kid, but hard to scare

Do we care?
Not a cuss!
Long live us, long live us!

Beggars:
Look down, and show some mercy if you can
Look down, look down, upon your fellow man!

TriviaEdit

  • In the 2012 film, the lyrics to Gavroche's second part change:

There was a time we killed the King
We tried to change the world too fast
Now we have got another King
He is no better than the last

This is the land that fought for liberty
Now when we fight
We fight for bread
Here is a thing about equality:
Everyone's equal when they're dead

Take your place
Take your chance
Vive la France, vive la France!


  • In the 2012 film version, the lyrics for cast members are changed:

Courfeyrac: When's it gonna end?

All: When we gonna live?

Joly: Something's gotta happen now;

All: Something's gonna give...
It'll come, it'll come, it'll come
It'll come, it'll come, it'll come

Enjoras: Where are the leaders of the land?
Where is the king who runs this show?

Marius: Only one man - General Lamarque
Speaks for the people here below.

Enjolras: Lamarque is ill and fading fast!
Won't last the week out, so they say.

Marius: With all the anger in the land
How long before the judgement day?

Enjolras: Before we cut the fat ones down to size?

Back to the case, liberty for France.

All: Before the barricades arise!

Vive la France, vive la France!

VideosEdit

Les Misérables 13- Look Down02:55

Les Misérables 13- Look Down

Les Misérables (Original London Cast) - Look Down


Les Miserables 10th Anniversary (HD) - Look Down (15 41)03:06

Les Miserables 10th Anniversary (HD) - Look Down (15 41)

Les Miserables (10th Anniversary Concert) - Look Down

Look Down (Beggars) Les Miserables FULL SCENE02:49

Look Down (Beggars) Les Miserables FULL SCENE

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