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Les Miserables – On My Own lyrics
And now I'm all alone again nowhere to go, no one to turn to
Without a home without a friend without a face to say hello to
And now the night is near
Now I can make believe he's here

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of him and then I'm happy
With the company I'm keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head

On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone
I walk with him till morning

Without him
I feel his arms around me

And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me

In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight

And all I see is him and me forever and forever

And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there's a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river's just a river
Without him
The world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I'm learning
All my life
I've only been pretending
Without me
His world would go on turning
A world that's full of happiness
That I have never known

I love him
I love him
I love him
But only on my own

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    Everynight she walks by herself pretending he is walking with her. She wishes he was still with her, but he is not. She depends on him for happiness, but the feeling is not mutual. 'his world' is not affected in regards to amount of happiness or enjoyment based on her existance in it. Despite all this, she loves him. He was her everything, but he has gone and she is on her own.
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    This is the most important song for the role of Éponine. In the song, she expresses her unrequited love for the character Marius, and how she dreams of being at his side but knows his love is for Cosette and not for her. The song title is often said through out but said with another line making it sound like she is not on her own E. G. On my own I walk with him till morning. Showing that she is physically along but in her mind she is with him.
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    There are many musical elements throughout this piece.
    Genre & style: The genre in this piece is evidently Musical Theatre.
    Context, Setting & Time: The context of this piece is to explain her feelings for the guy she fell in love with. The setting is in the streets of France (In the poor part) at night.
    Mood: The mood is reflective and sad; she’s explaining her feelings for someone who doesn’t love her back. At the start of the song she is explaining how she fantasizes being with him, throughout the composition she grows more urgent and realises that he will never feel the same way. The emotional climax of the song is when she starts explaining that she loves him but she has learnt that he will never love her back.
    Instruments and voices: In the back of the song you can hear brass instruments, a string orchestra, a piano and some sort of wind instrument. As the song goes on, more instruments join to make a more emotional and full effect. The singer Samantha Barks, is a Female Mezzo – soprano.
    Lyrics: The lyrics at the main part of the song that tells the story.
    Theme: In an interview, Samantha Barks (Who plays Éponine was asked why we love this song and musical so much, she answers by saying ‘You can relate to so many different themes in the piece…the themes are still relevant now even though this was made a long time ago’.
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      Everynight she walks by herself pretending he is walking with her. She wishes he was still with... Read more →
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