A lot of Les Miserables fans hate this song and honestly, I have no idea why. It's a gorgeous, sad song and one that perfectly fits just before Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. However, I never really got the point of the song until I watched the movie. And then I saw what the women were doing (cleaning the blood off the streets) and understood the song better even though it was so short. Seriously, the movie version was only - what? - five lines long? They changed a few lyrics though, too make it more heartbreaking.
Did you see them going off to fight?
Children of the barricade who didn't last the night.
Did you see them lying where they died?
Someone used to cradle them and kiss them when they cried.
Did you see them lying side by side?
Random fact - for the longest time, a lot of people thought that Enjolras' body was in a cart behind the Turning women (in the movie). It was eventually found to just be National Guard bodies but it was pretty heartbreaking to think of that. Although I've heard that in the current US Tour, they actually do have Enjolras and Gavroche's bodies in a cart after the final battle. I just hope they don't do that when/if I go to see the show live.
Do you think Turning should have gotten a higher rating? What are your thoughts?