jean val jean, the weeping criminal
broken with the weight of compassion
it's hard to hold what you don't deserve
remember your promise to be pure

it's a battle between just and good
what you know is right
what you know you should
will good overcome religion?

it's a battle between grace and pride
will you let it go or draw the knife?
will grace overcome what was done?

goodness fell on me like a spring rain
in this divine through health, i've become
unable to repay my vault to emulate
forgiveness, no longer will i run

it's a battle between just and good
what you know is right
what you know you should
will good overcome religion?

it's a battle between grace and pride
will you let it go or draw the knife?
will grace overcome what was done?


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    General CommentValjean is a wood cutter in Faverolles who, when his parents died, looks after his sister and her seven children. In 1795, when resources become scarce, Valjean steals a loaf of bread from a local baker, he is caught and imprisoned for five years in the Bagne of Toulon, the Toulon prison, and assigned the number 24601 which is branded onto his arm. He attempts to escape four times, and is punished by being imprisoned for fourteen more years. Finally, after nineteen years in the prison, he is released, but must, by law, carry a yellow passport that announces his imprisonment.

    When Valjean is back in the world, he is turned away by every inn due to his yellow passport. He is taken in by Bishop Myriel, a kind-hearted old clergyman, in the town of Digne. The bishop trusts Valjean, feeds him supper, and gives him a bed for the night.

    During the night, he awakens and steals the bishop's silverware and silver plates, and runs off into the night. He is arrested and brought back to the bishop. However, the Bishop tells the policemen that the silver was a gift and sends them on their way, giving Valjean his silver candlesticks in addition. The Bishop tells Valjean to use the silver wisely and become a new man. Still bitter and not understanding what the bishop is talking about, that afternoon he steals a five-franc piece from a chimney sweep, Petit Gervais. After doing the deed, he is horror-struck at what he has done. He tries to find the boy but is unsuccessful. He begins a new life.
    jsomes33on January 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentVictor Hugo - Les Misérables
    roo12on May 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentJean Val Jean is a character from some book. I guess one of the guys from Edison Glass read that book and got inspired by it.
    Groove62992on August 17, 2008   Link

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