The first time I listened to this song, my impression was that it was an angry song. Forget DYHTPS?, Until Tomorrow, or even AtEotD. This song perfectly describes the mood and sentiments of the peasants before (and during) the French Revolution, and even if it is a bit morbid, I still really enjoy listening to it. Mostly because the words and the orchestration is so so strong and just...chills worthy (and I do get chills every. single. time.) I think the chorus is especially vengeful.
Sing, swing, savour the sting,
As she severs you,
Slice, come paradise,
You'll be smitten with Madame Guillotine.
I've only listened to the Broadway Cast Recording version of this song (the one above), but I also watched a German version - it was incredibly freaky, even a bit disturbing, although that could just be my personal opinion. Chauvelin seemed even more angry (if that's possible), and the peasants were doing this weird ballet around the the guillotine. Anyway...this song is definitely in my most-listened-to list. I highly recommend it to any musical theatre fans (not the musical itself though - from what I've heard, it's a terrible adaption of the book).
Have you listened to any other recording of this song?