Song Analysis of “Do You Hear The People Sing?” from Les Miserables

As the title says itself, “Do You Hear The People Sing?” , this song expresses every man’s right to fight for freedom, especially from the clutch of slavery. This holds true as well here in the Philippines, where every man fights for freedom against the corrupt practices and inequality or injustices shown upon the people.

This analysis of the song from the musical play Les Miserables, will be line-by-line or stanza.

‘Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again!’

As citizens of our own country, let this be our nation song as well as we fight against the injustices/inequality shown here in Philippines with it being our ‘Patria’ . Just like how the people/citizens of France fought for their country and their freedom, so should we. We are not to let ourselves become slaves to the tyranny of the government. We are those angry men crying out for freedom and equality and for the betterment of our country.

‘When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!’

Our unity with our fellow men matters, especially when taking a stand. When our heart beats with those of our fellow people, we unite to fight for a better life that we yearn or long to see.

‘Will you join in our crusade
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight that will give you the right to be free!’

The question here is: Are we willing to take the stand to fight for freedom? Are we even willing to take a risk? Will there be a life at the barricade that we long to see after we face death? Then we join in this fight that will set us free from the government’s tyranny towards us and our fellow citizens. We don’t wait for forever.

‘Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance?
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs will water the meadows of France!’

Just as the line goes, how much are we willing to give or sacrifice? And raise the flag of freedom high enough? There are some who will fight to death while some would survive the battle. How brave and strong are we to stand up and risk our lives for the sake of our country? Are we even willing to become martyrs and die for what we believe in and be remembered by other people?


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