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"The Confrontation"
Confrontation
Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Javert
Jean Valjean

Song Order
Previous

"Come to Me / Fantine's Death"

Next

"Castle on a Cloud"

"The Confrontation" takes part in 1823, in the infirmary after Fantine dies. Javert enters the hospital to imprison Jean Valjean again. During the song, they fight, Javert with a sword and Valjean with a broken piece of wood. Near the end, Javert is knocked out and Valjean escapes.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.

LyricsEdit

Javert:
Valjean, at last,
We see each other plain!
'M'sieur le Maire',
You'll wear a different chain!
 
Valjean:
Before you say another word, Javert
Before you chain me up like a slave again.
Listen to me. There is something I must do.
This woman leaves behind a suffering child.
There is none but me who can intercede.
In Mercy's name, three days are all I need.
Then I'll return. I pledge my word.
Then I'll return...
 
Javert:
You must think me mad!
I've hunted you across the years.
A man like you can never change.
A man such as you.
 
Valjean: [In counterpoint]
Believe of me what you will
There is a duty that I'm sworn to do
You know nothing of my life
All I did was steal some bread
You know nothing of the world
You would sooner see me dead
But not before I see this justice done.
I am warning you, Javert
I'm a stronger man by far
There is power in me yet
My race is not yet run!
I am warning you, Javert
There is nothing I won't dare
If I have to kill you here
I'll do what must be done!
 
Javert: [In counterpoint]
Men like you can never change.
Men like me can never change.
No. 24601
My duty's to the law
You have no rights
Come with me, 24601
Now the wheel has turned around
Jean Valjean is nothing now.
Dare you talk to me of crime
And the price you had to pay
Every man is born in sin
Every man must chose his way
You know nothing of Javert
I was born inside a jail.
I was born with scum like you
I am from the gutter too.
 
[Valjean breaks a chair and threatens Javert with the broken piece. He turns to Fantine.]
 
Valjean:
And this I swear to you tonight...
 
Javert:
There is no place for you to hide.
 
Valjean:
Your child will live within my care.
 
Javert:
Wherever you may hide away.
 
Valjean:
And I will raise her to the light.
 
Valjean and Javert:
I swear to you, I will be there!
 
[They fight. Javert is knocked out. Valjean escapes.]

TriviaEdit

The last versus of the song:

[Valjean breaks a chair and threatens Javert with the broken piece. He turns to Fantine.]


Valjean:

And this I swear to you tonight...


Javert:

There is no place for you to hide.


Valjean:

Your child will live within my care.


Javert:

Wherever you may hide away.


Valjean:

And I will raise her to the light.


Valjean and Javert:

I swear to you, I will be there!


[They fight. Javert is knocked out. Valjean escapes.]

Is not played. Jean Valjean instead jumps into the water, with Javert trying to go after him.

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