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Song Meaning
Verse 1
The world is cruel
The world is wicked
It's I alone whom you can trust in this whole city
I am your only friend
I who keep you, teach you, feed you, dress you
I who look upon you without fear
How can I protect you, boy, unless you
Always stay in here
Away in here
Remember what I taught you, Quasimodo
You are deformed
Verse 2
I am deformed
Verse 3
And you are ugly
Verse 4
And I am ugly
Verse 5
And these are crimes
For which the world
Shows little pity
You do not comprehend
Verse 6
You are my one defender
Verse 7
Out there they'll revile you
As a monster
Verse 8
I am a monster
Verse 9
Out there they will hate
And scorn and jeer
Verse 10
Only a monster
Verse 11
Why invite their calumny
And consternation?
Stay in here
Be faithful to me
Verse 12
I'm faithful
Verse 13
Grateful to me
Verse 14
I'm grateful
Verse 15
Do as I say
Obey
And stay
In here
Verse 16
I'll stay
In here
Verse 17
Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone
Gazing at the people down below me
All my life I watch them as I hide up here alone
Hungry for the histories they show me
All my life I memorize their faces
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life I wonder how it feels to pass a day
Not above them
But part of them
Verse 18
And out there
Living in the sun
Give me one day out there
All I ask is one
To hold forever
Verse 19
Out there
Where they all live unaware
What I'd give
What I'd dare
Just to live one day out there
Verse 20
Out there among the millers and the weavers and their wives
Through the roofs and gables I can see them
Ev'ry day they shout and scold and go about their lives
Heedless of the gift it is to be them
If I was in their skin
I'd treasure ev'ry instant
Verse 21
Out there
Strolling by the Seine
Taste a morning out there
Like ordinary men
Who freely walk about there
Just one day and then
I swear I'll be content
With my share
Won't resent
Won't despair
Old and bent
I won't care
I'll have spent
One day
Out there

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