Colm Wilkinson Who Am I? cover

Who Am I?
Lyrics and Meaning

December 31, 1985

Who Am I? Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
He thinks that man is me
He knew him at a glance!
That stranger he has found
This man could be my chance!
Verse 2
Why should I save his hide?
Why should I right this wrong
When I have come so far
And struggled for so long?
Verse 3
If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!
Verse 4
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?
Verse 5
If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!
Verse 6
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
Verse 7
Who am I? Who am I?
I am Jean Valjean!
Verse 8
And so Javert, you see it's true
That man bears no more guilt than you!
Who am I?

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