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"The Second Attack" or "Death of Gavroche" ("Little People" reprise)
Death of Gavroche
Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Enjolras
Feuilly
Gavroche
Jean Valjean
Joly
Lesgles
Marius

Song Order
Previous

"Dawn of Anguish"

Next

"The Final Battle"

"The Second Attack" or "Death of Gavroche" is a song of plot importance; it involves Gavroche's running into the enemy lines of fire to retrieve ammunition for the revolutionaries; however, he is killed during a reprise of his "Little People" solo.

LyricsEdit

[The battle recommences.]


Enjolras: How do we stand, Feuilly?
Make your report.


Feuilly: We've guns enough
But ammunition short.


Marius: I will go into the streets
There are bodies all around
Ammunition to be had
Lots of bullets to be found!


Enjolras: I won't let you go
It's too much of a chance.


Marius: The same is true
For any man here!


Valjean: Let me go
He's no more than a boy
I am old
I have nothing to fear.


Gavroche: You need somebody quicker
And I volunteer!


[Gavroche climbs to the other side of the barricade.]


Lesgles: Come back Gavroche, don't you dare!


Joly: Someone pull him down at once!


Gavroche: Look at me, I'm almost there!


[He collects ammunition from the dead soldiers and puts the bullets in a pack.]


And little people know,
When little people fight,
We may look easy pickings
But we've got some bite!


[Gunshot. It misses.]



So never kick a dog
Because he's just a pup


[Gunshot. Gavroche is hit.]


We'll fight like twenty armies
And we won't give up.


[In pain, he throws the ammunition to the students.]



So you'd better run for cover
When the pup grows -


[Another gunshot hits Gavroche. He collapses and dies.]

TriviaEdit

  • In the 2012 film, The lyrics are changed to:

Enjolras: The people have not stirred. We are abandoned by those who still live in fear. Let us not waste lives, let all who wish to go from here.

Gavroche: Do you here the people sing, singing a song of angry men. It is the music

All: Of a people who will not be slaves again. When the beating of your heart, echos the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Gavroche: (In the battlefield) Little people know,

When little people fight, We may look easy pickings But we've got some bite!


[Gunshot. It misses.]


So never kick a dog Because he's just a pup


[Gunshot. Gavroche is hit.]


We'll fight like twenty armies And we won't give up.

So you'd better run for cover

When the pup grows -


[Another gunshot hits Gavroche. He collapses and dies]

Ten Little BulletsEdit

James Fenton had written another song for Gavroche's death, called Ten Little Bullets, on the melody of Gavroche's solo in Look Down. The song did not make it past recordings. Only the Broadway Revival version restarted using it in 2006.

Gavroche:
Ten little bullets in my hand
Ten little snipers neat and clean--
One for the king of this great land
Two for the aristocracy
Three for the bishops and the clergymen
Four for the prefects of police--

Give me a chance, I'll take the lot of them--
Ten little chances to be free
Close your eyes, I'll say when, count to ten.

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