[Valjean] 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 damned! 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 damned!
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 unbuttons his shirt to reveal the number tattooed to his chest.)
And so Javert, you see it's true, That man bears no more guilt than you! Who am I? 24601!