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Songs that Make Me Feel

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I don’t know how many people are out there like this, but music seems to be the only thing that can really get me emotionally when nothing else can. Today, I had my iPod on shuffle and songs from Les Miserables the Cameron Macintosh musical came on…I haven’t listened to the musical in awhile, so I left them on not knowing this would be an interesting decision about 5 miles down the road.

I don’t know how many of you know the musical, but it’s actually quite beautifully depressing…that would be the best way for me to describe it. In one scene, Fantine (who is now a prostitute after selling her locket and her hair because this is the only way she can support her daughter Cosette) is dying and hallucinates in her fever that she is talking to Cosette.

Lyrics to “Come to Me (Fantine’s Death)”
Fantine
Cosette, it’s turned so cold
Cosette, it’s past your bedtime
You’ve played the day away
And soon it will be night.
Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don’t you see the evening star appearing?
Come to me, and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.
Hurry near, another day is dying
Don’t you hear, the winter wind is crying?
There’s a darkness which comes without a warning
But I will sing you lullabyes and wake you in the morning.

[Valjean enters.]

Valjean
Oh, Fantine, our time is running out
But Fantine, I swear this on my life

Fantine
Look, M’sieur, where all the children play

Valjean
Be at peace, be at peace evermore.

Fantine
My Cosette…

Valjean
Shall live in my protection

Fantine
Take her now

Valjean
Your child will want for nothing

Fantine
Good M’sieur, you come from God in Heaven.

Valjean
And none will ever harm Cosette
As long as I am living.

Fantine
Take my hand,
The night grows ever colder.

Valjean
Then I will keep you warm.

Fantine
Take my child, I give her to your keeping.

Valjean
Take shelter from the storm

Fantine
For God’s sake, please stay till I am sleeping
And tell Cosette Ilove her
And I’ll see her when I wake…

(Lyrics from http://www.lyricsdownload.com/les-miserables-come-to-me-fantine-s-death-lyrics.html)

View video of the Song below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVkjhXEIEuU

The lyrics are poetry in themselves. The show in itself is beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone. I love the fact that music can break barriers that other media cannot breach. It makes me feel human.

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