Empty Chairs and Empty Tables – Les Miserables


Empty Chairs Empty Tables- Les Miserables

Empty Chairs Empty Tables- Les Miserables

One of the most moving numbers from the the musical Les Miserables is Empty Chairs and Empty Tables.

Marius – Empty Chairs at Empty Tables Lyrics

(Marius, recovering from his wounds, imagines he is back at the ABC cafe)

MARIUS

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.

There’s a pain goes on and on.

Empty chairs at empty tables

Now my friends are dead and gone.

Here they talked of revolution.

Here it was they lit the flame.

Here they sang about `tomorrow’

And tomorrow never came.

From the table in the corner

They could see a world reborn

And they rose with voices ringing

I can hear them now!

The very words that they had sung

Became their last communion

On the lonely barricade at dawn.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me

(The ghosts of those who died on the barricade appear)

That I live and you are gone.

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.

There’s a pain goes on and on.

Phantom faces at the window.

Phantom shadows on the floor.

Empty chairs at empty tables

Where my friends will meet no more.

(The ghosts fade away)

Oh my friends, my friends, don’t ask me

What your sacrifice was for

Empty chairs at empty tables

Where my friends will sing no more.

I thought I post some other performances of the same number by other artists: amateur and professional:

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