Quasimodo:
So many times out here
I've watched a happy pair
Of lovers walking in the night
They had a kind of glow around them
It almost looked like heaven's light

I knew I'd never know
That warm and loving glow
Though I might wish with all my might
No face as hideous as my face
Was ever meant for heaven's light

But suddenly an angel has smiled at me
And kissed my cheek without a trace of fright

I dare to dream that she
Might even care for me
And as I ring these bells tonight
My cold dark tower seems so bright
I swear it must be heaven's light

Priests:
Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti (I confess to God almighty)
Beatae Mariae semper Virgini (To blessed Mary ever Virgin)
Beato Michaeli archangelo (To the blessed archangel Michael)
Sanctis apostolis omnibus sanctis (To the holy apostles, to all the saints)

Frollo:
Beata Maria
You know I am a righteous man
Of my virtue I am justly proud

Priests:
Et tibit Pater (And to you, Father)

Frollo:
Beata Maria
You know I'm so much purer than
The common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd

Priests:
Quia peccavi nimis (That I have sinned)

Frollo:
Then tell me, Maria
Why I see her dancing there
Why her smold'ring eyes still scorch my soul

Priests:
Cogitatione (In thought)

Frollo:
I feel her, I see her
The sun caught in raven hair
Is blazing in me out of all control

Priests:
Verbo et opere (In word and deed)

Frollo:
Like fire
Hellfire
This fire in my skin
This burning
Desire
Is turning me to sin

It's not my fault

Priests:
Mea culpa (Through my fault)

Frollo:
I'm not to blame

Priests:
Mea culpa (Through my fault)

Frollo:
It is the gypsy girl
The witch who sent this flame

Priests:
Mea maxima culpa (Through my most griveous fault)

Frollo:
It's not my fault

Priests:
Mea culpa (Through my fault)

Frollo:
If in God's plan

Priests:
Mea culpa (Through my fault)

Frollo:
He made the devil so much
Stronger than a man

Priests:
Mea maxima culpa (Through my most griveous fault)

Frollo:
Protect me, Maria
Don't let this siren cast her spell
Don't let her fire sear my flesh and bone
Destroy Esmeralda
And let her taste the fires of hell
Or else let her be mine and mine alone

Guard:
Minister Frollo, the gypsy has escaped

Frollo:
What?

Guard:
No longer in the cathedral. She's gone

Frollo:
But how? Never mind. Get out, you idiot
I'll find her. I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris

Hellfire
Dark fire
Now gypsy, it's your turn
Choose me or
Your pyre
Be mine or you will burn

Priests:
Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Frollo:
God have mercy on her

Priests:
Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Frollo:
God have mercy on me

Priests:
Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Frollo:
But she will be mine
Or she will burn!


Lyrics submitted by justme3

Heaven's Light/Hellfire (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is so dark and not for kids. I love it.
    kingcam07on April 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is brilliant. It starts first with Quasimodo singing about how nice Esmeralda to Quasi and how much light she brings into his life, even after only meeting her for a short time. The song is sweet, simple, and filled with love. This is juxtaposed with Frollo's soliloquy pertaining to his lust for Esmeralda. The Latin saints saying the Confiteor, proclaiming that they are indeed unworthy of the Father and his glory, confessing their sin, which is in all of us and how they sinned through their own fault. Frollo refuses to acknowledge that it is his fault that he lusts after Esmeralda, instead blaming God for "making the devil stronger than a man." He decides she must die or remain with him, both are sins and he acknowledges that, but pays no heed to the consequences. The irony is that by the end, he falls into molten lake of lead, obviously symbolizing the hellfire of this song. Quasimodo truly loves Esmeralda and sees the good in her and how she is kind and nonjudgmental, whereas Frollo only lusts after her because he thinks she's beautiful. This is probably one of the best songs by Disney. Ever.
    daxeckleson November 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhile the main theme of the song goes without saying, what really strikes me about this song is the chorus, this song is actuallt three songs.

    1) haven's light.
    2) Hellfire.
    3) The confession (chorus)

    We hear the chorus begin during the transition, and it continues, the entire chorus continuing the chant of confession going on at the church at the time, chaining up to:

    I confess to God almighty
    To blessed Mary ever Virgin
    To the blessed archangel Michael
    To the holy apostles, to all the saints
    And to you, Father
    That I have sinned
    In thought
    In word and deed
    Through my fault
    Through my most griveous fault
    Lord have mercy

    And let's admit, this song is Frollo confessing his sins to Maria, even though he largely blames it on someone else and refuses to own up to it, which just ends up creating a domino that makes his sins worse and worse, and the chorus can actually be said to not only sum up Frollo's actions in the past, but also works nicely to foreshadow his actions later in the movie and explain an overarching theme of the movie. Ultimately, Frollo refuses to aknowledge that his sins are his own doing, even when given a second chance, and crosses the line, which leads to the figurative plunge into hell near the end.

    Although the confession, like the court of sinners appearing before Frollo, could also signify his conscience nagging at him that it may actually be his own fault, that one glint of the good man that may be in there somewhere (remember, it is not made clear, but strongly hinted at, that Frollo might actually care for Quasimodo, who is, to all effects, his son, even if he is an extremely strict father, at least before he plunges deeper and deeper into zealotry. Seriously, how many times have your parents yelled at you for hanging out with "the wrong crowd", or warned you not to go somewhere for your own safety? Same reason why Quasimodo tries to save frollo near the end in spite everything that happened, they are father and son in this movie, even if not biologically.)

    Ultimately, i think this song would have been a lot weaker without the confession, and fully graping it's presence i believe just makes the song so much better! :D
    Thuranon February 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems pretty self explanatory. Frollo has a thing for Esmeralda, so either he gets her, or she dies.
    theangelsforgiveon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe hunchback of Notre Dame probably had one of the best Disney soundtracks and this song tops it.

    Its amazing.
    I love the emotion in it.
    And like theangelsforgive said, Frollo wants Esmerelda and if he doesn't get her no one else can.
    Embody Musicon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentits sort of not his fault for falling for her. I mean common she is beautiful and smart. Frollo is so different in the book though. In the book, he really falls for her like goes to insanity. But does he love her or does he have lustful feelings for her. If this is love, then he shows in the most odd way. Here in the movie 3 guys like her where else in the book about 4 or 5 guys like her. The whole story is based on Esmeralda, since Victor Hugo was a romanticist.
    esmeraldaphoebus999on September 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentso basically he is attracted to her so much that he is willing to forgive her if he loves her back! what the hell.
    esmeraldaphoebus999on September 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs from a Disney movie :) I think that he just feels conflicted because he's used to having so much power, but loving Esmerelda makes him feel vulnerable, and since he hates that, he either wants to control her as well, or destroy her. Just my thoughts.
    runningincircles72on July 25, 2010   Link

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