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Claude-Michel Schönberg


Herbert Kretzmer


Jean Valjean

Song Order

"The Bargain / The Thénardier Waltz of Treachery"


"The Convent"

"Suddenly" is a song sung by Jean Valjean. It is only featured in the 2012 film. After rescuing Cosette from Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Valjean sings about the sudden emotions he has for Cosette while they are riding towards the North Gate of Paris.

The lyrics were written by Herbert Kretzmer.

"Suddenly" was nominated for Best Song in the 2013 Academy Awards.


Suddenly you're here
Suddenly it starts
Can two anxious hearts beat as one?
Yesterday I was alone
Today you are beside me
Something still unclear
Something not yet here has begun

Suddenly the world
Seems a different place
Somehow full of grace
Full of light
How was I to know that so much hope was held inside me?
What has passed is gone
Now we journey on through the night

How was I to know at last that happiness can come so fast?
Trusting me the way you do
I’m so afraid of failing you
Just a child who cannot know that danger follows where I go
There are shadows everywhere
And memories I cannot share

Nevermore alone
Nevermore apart
You have warmed my heart like the sun.
You have brought the gift of life
And love so long denied me.

Suddenly I see
What I could not see
Something suddenly
Has begun.