FRIDAY FUN: ‘Bring Him Home’

Got your roller skates on? Good. Cuz we’re flying through Les Mis and Bring Him Home for this week’s version of Friday Fun.

If you have no clue what that means, don’t worry. Here’s the nutshell version:

Les Misérables is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. The story follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the ex-convict Jean Valjean and the grim lawman who dogs his steps, Inspector Javert.

The novel was turned into a musical that’s impacted the entire globe. Why? Because at its core, Les Mis is one of the finest, most exquisite stories of grace and redemption ever written. It resonates with everyone. Indeed, Les Miserables is the world’s longest-running musical, seen by over 65 million people in 42 countries.

There’s a reason for that. Trust me on this one.

The clip below, Bring Him Home, is from the 10th anniversary production of Les Mis. Aka the Dream Cast in Concert. Don’t confuse this production with that God-awful Hugh Jackman/Russell Crowe 2012 movie. This is from the creme de la creme of Les Mises – the 10th anniversary production in Royal Albert Hall, London. Our absolute favorite. Hands down.

Bring Him Home is sung as a prayer by Jean Valjean about Marius at the barricade. This is Colm Wilkinson from the 1995 Dream Cast production. A show-stopper.

Today, Bring Him Home is for Amir Hekmati and Pastor Saeed Abendini. Lyrics:

Valjean:
God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there.
He is young
He’s afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.
He’s like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son;
The summers die
One by one,
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.
Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young,
He is only a boy.

You can take,
You can give
Let him be
Let him live.
If I die, let me die
Let him live, bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

If you ask nicely, I may let you borrow my copy of the Dream Cast performance. Don’t forget to bring All the Tea in China as collateral.

 

 

Photo credit: Creative Commons – Jeffery Simpson

 

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