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Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the plough-share,
They will put away the sword
.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes...
Tomorrow comes!



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    UnregisteredAug 13, 2012 at 2:30 am
    It means resilience of the human spirit to me. I saw this song performed on september 14, 2001, it was the first performance after 9/11, and the whole theater was on its feet, just wringing with emotion. I still can't hear this song or read the lyrics without tearing up. It is so hopeful for a future better than what is in the moment, and we so need to act upon and find that hope. Kc in springfield, or
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    Jim HoweJan 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    If you have not seen the new film and been absolutely slain by this finale you have missed the opportunity of a lifetime.
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    UnregisteredJul 4, 2012 at 9:03 am
    This is just fantastic. It sends chills down my spine. Seriously, "for the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies. " the best!!
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    UnregisteredDec 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    I believe it is about people climbing towards the light, in other words, God or heaven, seen in context with where Jean Valjean has just gone when he died. The reference walk behind the plough share and put away the sword is a Biblical one. The revolution of the soldiers failed but there is a world beyond the spiritual barricade with God. This song gives me chills and hope too!
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    Christine HelmsFeb 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm
    (Don't let the name fool you--my email address was accidentally used by someone to sign up on Facebook.) It is true. Even I--a straight male--needed tissueS for this multi-faceted love story.

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