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French Disney – The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Music, Vocabulary

Those who have read Victor Hugo‘s work and then watch the movie adaptation would easily notice the major differences between the two—  But then again, what would a Disney movie be without a “tout est bien qui finit bien” (“All is well that ends well”)!
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French version: “Les bannis ont droit d’amour(“The Outcasts Have a Right of Love”)

Je ne sais, Seigneur, si ces mots
Monteront jusqu’au ciel
Si tu entendras, tout là-haut
Ce très humble appel
Moi, l’exclue, l’impure, la gitane
En toi j’espère toujours
Car dans le coeur de Notre-Dame
Les bannis ont droit d’amour
Protège, mon Dieu, les malheureux
Éclaire la misère des coeurs solitaires
Nulle âme, à part moi ne les entendra
Si tu restes sourd aux mendiants d’amour
Je veux de l’or, je veux la gloire
Je veux qu’on honore un jour ma mémoire
Fais que l’on m’aime, Dieu l’Immortel
Nous implorons ta grâce, ô Roi Éternel
Je ne désire rien, ni gloire, ni bien
Mais le coeur qui a faim, doit mendier son pain
Entend pour mes frères, cette humble prière
Car les miséreux sont enfants de Dieu
Tous les miséreux sont enfants de Dieu

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A mettre en comparaison avec la version anglaise (To be compared with the English version):
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I don’t know if You can hear me
Or if You’re even there
I don’t know if You would listen
To a gypsie’s prayer
Yes, I know I’m just an outcast
I shouldn’t speak to you
Still I see Your face and wonder…
Were You once an outcast too?
God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don’t find on earth
God help my people
We look to You still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody willParishioners:
I ask for wealth
I ask for fame
I ask for glory to shine on my name
I ask for love I can posess
I ask for God and His angels to bless me

I ask for nothing
I can get by
But I know so many
Less lucky than I
Please help my people
The poor and downtrod
I thought we all were
The children of God
God help the outcasts
Children of God

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