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Les Miserables – I Dreamed A Dream lyrics

[Fantine is left alone, unemployed and destitute.]

Fantine
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came
And still I dream he'll come to me
That we'll live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So much different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.



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    LuapDec 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    Fantime is an attractive but very poor girl from France who had a relationship with an older student, who is dissolute and rich. He always told her that he loved her and she naively believed him. Her dream was that she would always remain together with him for the rest of her life. But after he made her pregnant, he deserted her and her child. Fantime has no way of earning money to feed herself and her child. Eventually, she is even driven to selling her teeth in a moment of desperation. Starved and weakened, she contracts tuberculosis and dies in a hospital, not knowing that the hero of Victor Hugo's classic novel, "Les Miserables", will make himself responsible for looking after her child.
    Hugo's novel was a powerful attack on early 19th century France's lack of compassion for the very poor. When Fantime sings that her dream has died, we know that the society she lived in has killed it. In such a society you can never winif you are poor because the odds are so stacked against you. People who listen to this song today should realize that we live in a different society where the playing field is a lot more even. In our society, even if you are poor, there are much better chances for survival and even for success for those who not only have a dream, like Fantime did, but who also have a plan. A dream and a plan are not the same thing! First, have a dream that is worthwhile and realistic. Next, turn it into a plan and get to work! Dreams usually do not come true all by themselves. They need us to help them.

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