i love les miz…

by Evans Yonson

Barcelona – I saw Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert in October 2010 in London. It was a personal birthday gift that I promised myself last year upon the invitation of dear friend, Aaron. The moment the people started queuing to get into the O2 that night, I knew it was going to be a different experience altogether. It was a night of firsts for me. First time in the O2. First time to watch Les Mis. First time to watch a musical together. And so on. When the lights on, I started to have goosebumps until Lea Salonga exited the stage on the concert’s final curtain call.

One of the characters that I can relate to the musical is Eponine. She is the oldest daughter of Thenardier. The musical has changed a bit her story but it has remained loyal to Victor Hugo’s main storyline, which I am reading right now and I couldn’t bring myself to finishing this masterpiece at the moment. But from the musical, I love Eponine’s song, On my own.

The poster child of Les Miz.

And now I’m all alone again, Nowhere to go, no one to turn to.

Did not want your money sir,  Came out here cuz I was told 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 for ever 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 will go on turning,

The world is full of happiness that I have never known!

I love him…

I love him…

I love him…

But only on my own…