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Les Miserables – Empty Chairs At Empty Tables lyrics

[Marius, recovering from his wounds, imagines he's back at the abc cafe.]

There's a grief that can't be spoken
There's a pain goes on and on
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone

Here they talked of revolution
Here it was they lit the flame
Here they sang about tomorrow
And tomorrow never came

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
And I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On the lonely barricade...
At dawn.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me.

[The ghosts of those who died on the barricade appear.]

That I live and you are gone
There's a grief that can't be spoken
There's a pain goes on and on

Phantom faces at the window
Phantom shadows on the floor
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more

[The ghosts fade away.]

Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask me
What your sacrifice was for
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will sing no more...

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    This song was absolutely incredible, the way he sang it and the way he acted it was truly heart-wrenching. The wonderful performance had me on the brink of tears and I would've cry had I been one of the type of people to cry over a movie, but I felt as if I were there in his place. Once more, a wonderful performance and it created the illusion perfectly. Something so sacred as friendship lost in a matter of hours would be truly scarring and Marius depicts that astoundingly, I can only hope to see anything like this in future shows, but for now I'll gladly settle with Les Mis.
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