Stars - Les Miserables

(Claude-Michel Schonberg)

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by Claude-Michel Schonberg

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Stars ” is a song from the musical Les Miserables, sung by Javert. It is composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg, and is the 19th song in Act I of the musical. It takes place after Javert unwittingly saves Valjean and Cosette from Thénardier and his gang’s attempt to rob both of them, and subsequently discovers that Valjean, his old time rival, has surfaced once again, but has slipped through his grasp. Javert vows to complete his manhunt.



There, out in the darkness
A fugitive running
Fallen from God
Fallen from Grace
God be my witness
I never shall yield
‘Til we come face to face
‘Til we come face to face

He knows his way in the dark
Mine is the way of the Lord
Those who follow the path of the righteous
Shall have their reward
And if they fall as Lucifer fell
The flames
The sword

In your multitudes
Scarce to be counted
Filling the darkness
With order and light!
You are the sentinels
Silent and sure
Keeping watch in the night
Keeping watch in the night

You know your place in the sky
You hold your course and your aim
And each in your season
Returns and returns
And is always the same
And if you fall as Lucifer fell
You fall in flame

And so it must be, for so it is written
On the doorway to paradise
That those who falter and those who fall
Must pay the price

Lord, let me find him
That I may see him
Safe behind bars
I will never rest
‘Til then
This I swear
This I swear by the stars

Songwriters: Schonberg Claude Michel / Boublil Alain Albert / Herbert Kretzmer