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"One Day More"
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Information
Composer

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

Performers

Cosette
Enjolras
Éponine
Javert
Jean Valjean
Madame Thénardier
Marius
Monsieur Thénardier
Students

Song Order
Previous

"On My Own" (2012 movie)
"The Attack on Rue Plumet" (musical)

Next

"Do You Hear the People Sing?" (2012 movie)
"Building the Barricade / Upon These Stones" (musical)

"One Day More" takes place on the evening of the 1832 Paris Uprising, where Jean Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Éponine, Enjolras, Javert, Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Gavroche, Les Amis and the rest of the cast sing about what the next day has in store for them.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer, with the song serving as the finale to Act 1.

Lyrics[]

Valjean: One day more...
Another day, another destiny.
This neverending road to Calvary;
These men who seem to know my crime
Will surely come a second time.
One day more!


Marius: I did not live until today.
How can I live when we are parted?


Valjean: One day more.


Marius and Cosette: Tomorrow, you'll be worlds away
And yet, with you, my world has started!


Éponine: One more day all on my own.


Marius and Cosette: Will we ever meet again?


Éponine: One more day with him not caring.


Marius and Cosette: I was born to be with you.


Éponine: What a life I might have known.


Marius and Cosette: And I swear I will be true!


Éponine: But he never saw me there!


Enjolras: One more day before the storm!


Marius: Do I follow where she goes?


Enjolras: At the barricades of freedom.


Marius: Shall I join my brothers there?


Enjolras: When our ranks begin to form


Marius: Do I stay; and do I dare?


Enjolras: Will you take your place with me?


All: The time is now, the day is here!


[Éponine grabs Marius by the arm and they both run.]


Valjean: One day more!


[Javert briefs his soldiers.]


Javert: One day more to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys
They will wet themselves with blood!


Valjean: One day more!


[The Thénardiers emerge briefly from underground.]


Monsieur and Madame Thénardier: Watch 'em run amuck,
Catch 'em as they fall,
Never know your luck
When there's a free for all,
Here, a little 'dip'
There, a little 'touch'
Most of them are goners
So they won't miss much!


Students (Group 1): One day to a new beginning


Students (Group 2): Raise the flag of freedom high!


Students (Group 1): Every man will be a king


Students (Group 2): Every man will be a king


Students (Group 1): There's a new world for the winning


Students (Group 2): There's a new world to be won


Both Groups: Do you hear the people sing?


[Éponine and Marius arrive at where the students and citizens are.]


Marius: [To Enjolras] My place is here, I fight with you!


Valjean: [Overlapping]
One day more!


Marius and Cosette: [Overlapping]
I did not live until today.


Éponine: [Overlapping]
One more day all on my own!


Marius and Cosette: [Overlapping]
How can I live when we are parted?


Javert: [Overlapping]
I will join these people's heroes
I will follow where they go
I will learn their little secrets,
I will know the things they know.

Monsieur and Madame Thénardier: [Overlapping]
Watch 'em run amok
Catch 'em as they fall
Here, a little 'dip'
There, a little 'touch'


Valjean: [Overlapping]
One day more!


Marius and Cosette:
Tomorrow you'll be worlds away


Éponine: [Overlapping]
What a life I might have known!


Marius and Cosette: [Overlapping]
And yet, with you, my world has started


Javert: [Overlapping]
One more day to revolution
We will nip it in the bud
We'll be ready for these schoolboys


Monsieur and Madame Thénardier: [Overlapping]
Watch 'em run amok
Catch 'em as they fall
Never know your luck
When there's a free-for-all!


Valjean: [Overlapping]
Tomorrow, we'll be far away,


Valjean, Javert, and Enjolras: Tomorrow is the judgement day


All: Tomorrow, we'll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store!
One more dawn!
One more day!
One day more!!!

</poem>

Suddenly you're here
Suddenly it starts
Can two anxious hearts beat as one
Yesterday I was alone
Today you are beside me
Suddenly I see
What I could not see
Something suddenly... has begun

One day more
Another day, another destiny
This never-ending road to Calvary

These men who seem to know my crime
Will surely come a second time
One day more
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
when hope was high and life worth living
One day more

Tomorrow you'll be worlds away
And yet with you, my world has started
One more day all on my own
Will we ever meet again?
One more day with him not caring
I was born to be with you
What a life I might have known
And I swear I will be true
But he never saw me there

One more day before the storm
Do I follow where she goes?
At the barricades of freedom
Shall I join my brothers there?
Will you take your place with me?
The time is now
The day is here

One day more

One more day to revolution
We will nip it in the bud
We'll be ready for these schoolboys
They will wet themselves with blood
(Here a little dip
There a little touch
Most of them are goners
So they won't miss much)

One day to a new beginning
Raise the flag of freedom high
Do you hear the people sing?
My place is here
I fight with you
One day more
We will join these people's heroes
We will follow where they go
We will learn their little secrets
We will know the things they know
One day more
Watch 'em run amuck
Catch 'em as they fall
Never know your luck
When there's a free for all
We'll be ready for the schoolboys

Tomorrow we'll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store
One more dawn
One more day
One day more

The first three lines of the main song was sung by Anne Hathaway instead of Jackman.

Trivia[]

  • Each character sings their part to a different melody at the same time, before joining for the final chorus:
    • Valjean picks up the melody of "Who Am I?" lowered slightly to A Major. In the 2012 film Who Am I is already lowered.
    • Marius, Cosette and Éponine sing to the melody of "I Dreamed a Dream" with Éponine's taking the bridge ("But the tigers come at night", sung by Éponine as "One more day all on my own")
    • Enjolras repeats the bridge melody of I Dreamed a Dream but in a major key.
    • Javert sings to the already often-used theme from "Valjean Arrested/Valjean Forgiven" or "Fantine's Arrest", only slower and in a major key.
    • The Thénardiers sing to a slightly changed melody from "Master of the House."
    • The revolutionaries repeat the bridge melody of I Dreamed a Dream in a major key with a counter melody that is only instrumental in Fantine's solo.
    • At the end of the song, everyone sings the melody of Who Am I?
  • The song is known as Demain ("Tomorrow") in the original French production, Le Grand Jour ("The Big Day") in the 1991 Paris revival, Morgen Schon in the German production and Nog Eén Dag in the Dutch production.
    • The Spanish subtitles of the 25th anniversary concert label the song as Un Dìa Mas (literally "One Day More"), and change all its lyrics, but in the Spanish production onstage the song is known as Sale el Sol, meaning "The Sun Comes Out."
  • Philip Quast and Michael McCarthy sing different lines for Javert: "I will join these little schoolboys" instead of "We'll be ready for these schoolboys"
  • In the Original French production, the song is a little longer.
  • Towards the end of the movie version of One Day More: "I will join these people's heroes, I will follow where they go": The version is changed to "We will join these people's heroes."/"We will follow where they go." and so forth.
  • Some of Eponine and Marius Pontmercy parts: Like them meeting up during the song is not in the 2012 film. While Marius does meet up with his club, Eponine is seen outside across from the cafe.
  • In the 2012 version, when the Thenardiers sing, "Never know your luck when there's a free-for-all!", Joly passes by, whom Madame Thenardier briefly kisses.
  • In the Original French Concept album, Cosette takes Marius' solo.
  • In the previews, the lyrics, "I was born to be with you/And I swear I will be there" are switched

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