Lately I have been thinking a lot about, the life I wanted to lead and how different is it compared to the life i am leading now. And as I was thinking about it, I was listening to Les Miserables and suddenly the lyrics of the song sang by the character Fantine floated to my mind.

In case if anyone wants to know, Fantine was the mother of Cosette and she had a dream of settling down with the man she loves, but somehow the man that she liked was a libertine and he stayed a summer with her only.. Leaving her pregnant with Cosette

Later when Cosette was born, she was placed under the care of the Thernadier Family while Fantine had to work in Paris. She was working in the factory of the M’sieur le Mayor ( Jean Valjean change his name to Monsieur Madeleine to hide his identity as a convict). Valjean started the factory using the money he received selling the silver candlesticks given by the bishop of Digne who purchased his soul for God.

Fantine refused the advance of Valjeans foreman, who was a very unjust person. There was a brawl between Fantine and the ladies of the factory. Valjean only witness the brawl stopped them from fighting, and left the foreman with the authority to handle the matter. The foreman decided to make use of his authority to sack Fantine on the grounds that Fantine was a immoral woman.

After that, Fantine started to sing that song.

Personally that reminded me of a friend who was in the similar situation, finally they sacked him saying that the company was “cutting cost” which to me is really a very dumb reason for a company that was making money.

This just prompted me to post the lyrics of this song, but I must say that my favourite song in Les Miserables is still “On my own” .. haha let us enjoy this song.

Title: I dream a dream
Artist : Elaine Paige, Susan Boyle, Lea Salonga, and many others
Musical : Les Miserables

[Fantine is left alone, unemployed and destitute]

[FANTINE]
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.

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