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Les Miserables – Javert's Suicide lyrics

[Javert walks the deserted streets until he comes to a bridge over the river Seine.]

Who is this man?
What sort of devil is he?
To have me caught in a trap
And choose to let me go free
It was his hour at last
To put a seal on my fate
Wipe out the past
And wash me clean off the slate!
All it would take
Was a flick of his knife
Vengeance was his
And he gave me back my life!
Damned if I'll live in the debt of a thief!
Damned if I'll yield at the end of the chase.
I am the Law and the Law is not mocked
I'll spit his pity right back in his face
There is nothing on earth that we share
It is either Valjean or Javert!

How can I now allow this man
To hold dominion over me
This desperate man whom I have hunted
He gave me my life, he gave me freedom.
I should have perished by his hand!
It was his right.
It was my right to die as well
Instead I live, but live in hell!
And my thoughts fly apart
Can this man be believed?
Shall his sins be forgiven?
Shall his crimes be reprieved?
And must I now begin to doubt
Who never doubted all these years?
My heart is stone and still it trembles
The world I have known is lost in shadow.
Is he from heaven or from hell?
And does he know
That granting me my life today
This man has killed me even so?
I am reaching, but I fall
And the stars are black and cold.
As I stare into the void
Of a world that cannot hold
I'll escape now from the world
From the world of Jean Valjean

There is nowhere I can turn
There is no way to go on

[He throws himself into the swollen river.]

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    This song is Javert coming to terms with the fact that the man he has hunted (Valjean) saved him at the barricade and let him go. To Javert this is something he can't stand for as he is now in debt to a criminal and this means he would have to let him go if he caught him again which he feels he would not be able to do so he kills himself to escape this debt.
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