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Thursday, August 23, 2012

I Dreamed A Dream - Les Mis

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 time 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
As 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 will 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 different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

"I Dreamed a Dream" is a song from the musical Les Misérables. It is a solo that is sung by the character Fantine during the first act. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with orchestrations by John Cameron. The English lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the original French libretto by Alain Boublil from the original French production. Named J'avais rêvé d'une autre vie

The song is a lament, sung by the anguished, dying and impoverished Fantine, who thinks back to happier days and wonders at all that has gone wrong in her life.

I guess if anyone of us look at the lyrics and listen to how it was being presented, in any of our own ways, we are able to relate to this song somehow. I would say brava to the arranger for Anne Hathaway's version. The intensity of the flow is just amazing. It fits her perfectly. 

As for myself, I guess that would be easy to relate. In the terms of life, love, family, it just fits in. But I am not gonna talk about myself in this post. Or I should rephrase, I will TRY not to talk too much about it. 

Some point in life we will feel that we really grew up a little too fast and sometimes looking back at our own mistakes and all, we feel why could we be that way. I meant I am a dreamer myself. I would live in my own dream world that I build. Somehow being in reality sucks but nothing we could change that. But with a dream we would able to bring that beauty of life in. But we somehow still have to wake up to reality.

I was inspired to write about this song after a close friend of mine who just posted this on facebook. I realize I didn't really named him on my blog yet. Hmm... Lets go on with Sweetie The Lion. :p

But being said that, this song was based on the musical Les Mis. One of the best ever broadway shows I have watched. (Wicked will still be my number one) In the times of revolution in France, they were suffering. But suffering is every where. We suffer. In which extend it differs. But this is just a beauty that if it wasn't being shared. I loved this version so much. I hope all of you love it too.


  1. Anne Hathaway sings it with full emotions. Just nice :) This song is just full of emotions that it might bring one to reflect how life can be at times.

  2. I couldn't agree more with you. And the arrangements is perfect! I just wish Christmas would come faster! I hope the movie is as good as the musical! But yeah, thats about life. We are just bound to reflect and accept. Decide and make that move. Thanks for dropping by anyway!!



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