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"One Day More"
One Day More

Claude-Michel Schönberg


Herbert Kretzmer


Jean Valjean
Madame Thénardier
Monsieur Thénardier

Song Order

"On My Own"


"Do You Hear the People Sing?"

"One Day More" takes place on the evening of the 1832 Paris Uprising, where Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Éponine, Enjolras, Javert, Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Gavroche, Les Amis and the rest of the cast sing about what the next day has in store for them.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.


Valjean: One day more!
Another day, another destiny.
This neverending road to Calvary;
These men who seem to know my crime
Will surely come a second time.
One day more!

Marius: I did not live until today.
How can I live when we are parted?

Valjean: One day more.

Marius and Cosette: Tomorrow, you'll be worlds away
And yet, with you, my world has started!

Éponine: One more day all on my own.

Marius and Cosette: Will we ever meet again?

Éponine: One more day with him not caring.

Marius and Cosette: I was born to be with you.

Éponine: What a life I might have known.

Marius and Cosette: And I swear I will be true!

Éponine: But he never saw me there!

Enjolras: One more day before the storm!

Marius: Do I follow where she goes?

Enjolras: At the barricades of freedom.

Marius: Shall I join my brothers there?

Enjolras: When our ranks begin to form

Marius: Do I stay; and do I dare?

Enjolras: Will you take your place with me?

All: The time is now, the day is here!

[Éponine grabs Marius by the arm and they both run.]

Valjean: One day more!

[Javert briefs his soldiers.]

Javert: One day more to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys
They will wet themselves with blood!

Valjean: One day more!

[The Thénardiers emerge briefly from underground.]

Monsieur and Madame Thénardier: Watch 'em run amuck,
Catch 'em as they fall,
Never know your luck
When there's a free for all,
Here, a little 'dip'
There, a little 'touch'
Most of them are goners
So they won't miss much!

Students (Group 1): One day to a new beginning

Students (Group 2): Raise the flag of freedom high!

Students (Group 1): Every man will be a king

Students (Group 2): Every man will be a king

Students (Group 1): There's a new world for the winning

Students (Group 2): There's a new world to be won

Both Groups: Do you hear the people sing?

[Éponine and Marius arrive at where the students and citizens are.]

Marius: [To Enjolras] My place is here, I fight with you!

Valjean: [Overlapping]
One day more!

Marius and Cosette: [Overlapping]
I did not live until today.

Éponine: [Overlapping]
One more day all on my own!

Marius and Cosette: [Overlapping]
How can I live when we are parted?

Javert: [Overlapping]
I will join these people's heroes
I will follow where they go
I will learn their little secrets,
I will know the things they know.

Valjean: [Overlapping]
One day more!

Marius and Cosette:
Tomorrow you'll be worlds away

Éponine: [Overlapping]
What a life I might have known!

Marius and Cosette: [Overlapping]
And yet, with you, my world has started

Javert: [Overlapping]
One more day to revolution
We will nip it in the bud
We'll be ready for these schoolboys

Monsieur and Madame Thénardier: [Overlapping]
Watch 'em run amok
Catch 'em as they fall
Never know your luck
When there's a free-for-all!

Valjean: [Overlapping]
Tomorrow, we'll be far away,

Valjean and Javert: Tomorrow is the judgement day

All: Tomorrow, we'll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store!
One more dawn!
One more day!
One day more!!!


  • Each character sings his/her part to a different melody at the same time, before joining for the final chorus:
    • Valjean picks up the melody of "Who Am I?" without any changes
    • Marius, Cosette and Éponine sing to the melody of "I Dreamed a Dream" with Éponine's taking the bridge ("But the tigers come at night", sung by Éponine as "One more day all on my own")
    • Enjolras repeats the bridge melody of I Dreamed a Dream but in a major key.
    • Javert sings to the already often-used theme from "Valjean Arrested/Valjean Forgiven" or "Fantine's Arrest", only slower and in a major key.
    • The Thénardiers sing to a slightly changed melody from "Master of the House."
    • The revolutionaries repeat the bridge melody of I Dreamed a Dream in a major key with a counter melody that is only instrumental in Fantine's solo.
    • At the end of the song, everyone sings the melody of Who Am I?
  • The song is known as Demain ("Tomorrow") in the original French production, Le Grand Jour ("The Big Day") in the 1991 Paris revival, Morgen Schon in the German production and Nog Eén Dag in the Dutch production.
    • The Spanish subtitles of the 25th anniversary concert label the song as Un Dìa Mas (literally "One Day More"), and change all its lyrics, but in the Spanish production onstage the song is known as Sale el Sol, meaning "The Sun Comes Out."
  • Philip Quast during 10th anniversary concert sings: "I will join these little schoolboys/ they will wet themselves with blood"
  • In the Original French production the song is a little longer.
  • Towards the end of movie version of One Day More: "I will join these people's heroes, I will follow where they go": The version is changed to "We will join these people's heroes."/"We will follow where they go." and so fourth.
  • Some of Eponine and Marius Pontmercy parts: Like them meeting up during the song is not in the 2012 film. While Marius does meet up with his club, Eponine is seen outside across from the cafe.
  • In the 2012 version, when the Thenardiers sing, "Never know your luck when there's a free-for-all!", Joly passes by, whom Madame Thenardier briefly kisses.
  • In the Original French Concept album Cosette takes Marius' solo.


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Les Miserables - One Day More

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