"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" as written by and Claude Michel Schonberg Alain Albert Boublil....
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 the sang about tomorrow
And tomorrow never came

From the table, through the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
And I can here them now

The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
And the lonely barricade
At dawn

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
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

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


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"Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" as written by Claude Michel Schonberg Alain Albert Boublil

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    General CommentSuch a powerful song. Just think about it
    chocolateboxon May 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the single part of the play that is "better" than the novel. The novel never addresses Marius' feelings towards the death of his acquaintances (I don't think it's fair to call them "friends") on the barricade. He spends 6 months recovering from his wounds then he is just focused on how happy he is to have Cosette.

    Marius was a Republican so he supported the rebellion. But he wasn't very passionate about it. The only reason he goes to the barricade is 1) when he goes to Cosette's house and she is gone Marius doesn't see any point to his life anymore, and 2) Eponine tells him to go to the barricade.

    I think in real life Marius would have felt grief over the end of his acquaintances. They were the only people in his life he spent any time with for at least a year prior to the insurrection. At that point he would have felt something towards them and he would have at least felt grief over their death.

    The novel never touched on this subject but I'm glad it was added to the play.
    rodhandleron May 26, 2013   Link

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