Les Miserables - Empty Chairs At Empty Tables


Empty Chairs At Empty Tables Lyrics

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 they sang about tomorrow
And tomorrow never came.

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On this 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 windows.
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 meet no more

these lyrics are last corrected by Molzilla

Songwriter(s): Herbert Kretzmer, Claude Michel Schonberg, Alain Albert Boublil
Copyright: Alain Boublil Music Ltd.
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Meaning to "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" (4 meanings)
F.S 01/10/14,16:13

I love this song so much! It breaks my heart everywhere I hear because this man has lost everybody that he loves, except for a girl. He feels guilty about being happy with her without them. I feel so sorry for him! In the entire movie/play/musical this is the saddest song that I have found so far. I hope that other people agree with me about the meaning of this song. Because once somebody dies and you believe that it is your fault, then those people that have moved on stay with you forever. You can't hear or see the, or feel them, but you know that they are there.
Kitty 12/14/13,13:15

This man feels such grief because his friends have all left him in the woes of battle. He feels guilty that he lived on and they did not. He can remember all of the things they had done together. He can remember the plans of utopia they were having, of having a better world. But now they cannot create this fabulous utopia. He can hear the voices of his friends all around him. He sees the faces of grief. The spirits seem to call for him and ask him, "What was my sacrifice for?" But he cannot answer them because of such grief by seeing the empty chairs at empty tables
Lesmiserablesbaby 10/11/12,11:48

Marius is grieving. Being the only one who survived the attack on the barricade, he is lonely, and afraid. Marius is recalling the good times and the bad time, trying to keep the voice of his friends heard and not forgotten
jeannine 01/09/14,12:45

i love this song and it is soooo sad, i mean i was the only one who survived a disaster .... i have no words for the pain he must of felt, soo sad, i really love this movie, best movie ever made all the songs are great
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