Of all the songs in Les Miserables, this one tugs at my heartstrings the most. Maybe it's because, after his long, arduous and almost miraculous (at times) journey, Valjean dies. Maybe it's because Fantine, Eponine, Enjolras and all the other barricade boys come back for one final song. Maybe it's because there are so many reprises, both melodic and vocal (Bring Him Home, Do You Hear The People Sing?, Fantine's Death/On My Own). Whatever it is, it's the one song that really pulls at me and doesn't let go. The entire beauty of Les Miserables is there for all to see with the reprise of Do You Hear The People Sing?
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that we bring when tomorrow comes.
I'm getting chills just typing out those lyrics. No kidding. Now, I have this little theory about the movie's version of the finale. As you all probably know, Eponine wasn't with Fantine during the little duet near the end ("Take my hand...") and most of the fans (me included) were pretty upset with Tom Hooper's decision to cut her out. But I think that, in a way, it was right. It was right to just have Fantine and bring the bishop back. In the brick, when Valjean is asked if he wants a priest as he's dying, Victor Hugo says something to the effect of "Who could not doubt that the bishop was there during his final moments?" (disclaimer: I do not agree with Hugo/Les Miserables' view of theology. This is just something I found interesting :) ) and Valjean finally tells Cosette her mother's name so it was like Fantine was 'there' as well.
What do you think of my theory? Where does the Epilogue rank in your list of favorite songs?