Les Misérables - Who Am I? lyrics

He thought that man was me without a second 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 would they live if I am not free?

If I speak, they are condemned
If I stay silent, I am damned!

Who am I?
Can I condemn this man to slavery?
Pretend I do not feel 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 men?
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
Who am I? Who am I?
I am Jean Valjean!

And so, Javert, you see it's true
That man bears no more guilt than you!
Who am I?