who am i the trial lyrics – les miserables

he thinks that man is me!
he knew him at a glance!
that stranger he has found
this man could be my chance
why should i save his hide
why should i right this wrong
when i have come so far
and struggled for so long?
if i speak, i am condemned
if i stay silent, i am d*mned!
i am the master of hundreds of workers
they all look to me
how can i abandon them, how can they live
if i am not free?
if i speak, i am condemned
if i stay silent, i am d*mned!

who am i?
can i condemn this man to slavery
pretend i do not see his agony
this innocent who bears my face
who goes to judgement in my place
who am i?
can i conceal myself for evermore?
pretend i’m not the man i was before?
and must my name until i die
be no more than an alibi?
must i lie?
how can i ever face my fellow man?
how can i ever face myself again?
my soul belongs to god, i know
i made that bargain long ago
he gave me hope, when hope was gone
he gave me strength to journey on

[he steps in front of the court]

who am i?
who am i?
i am jean valjean!

[he unb*ttons his shirt to reveal the number tattooed to his

and so javert, you see it’s true,
that man bears no more guilt than you!
who am i?

/ les miserables lyrics