The Bells of Notre Dame Lyrics

A new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
The Hunchback of Notre Dame the Musical - The Bells of Notre Dame Lyrics

CONGREGATION:
Morning in Paris the city awakes
To the Bells of Notre Dame
The fisherman fishes, the baker man bakes
To the Bells of Notre Dame
To the big bells as loud as the thunder
To the little bells soft as a Psalm
And some say the soul of the city's the toll
Of the bells, the Bells of Notre Dame
Long years ago did this story begin
In this place called Notre Dame
Two orphan brothers were both taken in
By the grace of Notre Dame

FROLLO:
Claude the older who cared for his brother

JEHAN:
Young Jehan full of beauty and charm

FROLLO AND JEHAN:
And they lived and they grew
And awoke to the music of bells

CONGREGATION:
The Bells of Notre Dame

CHORUS:
KYRIE ELEISON

FROLLO:
Oh dear brother meet these arches
And this sacred dome

CHORUS:
KYRIE ELEISON

FROLLO:
We are blessed to find our sanctuary
And our home

CONGREGATION:
Righteous Claude Frollo was ever more drawn
Like a son to Notre Dame
Not like his profligate brother Jehan
Who'd have none of Notre Dame
Though as brothers they loved one another
Frollo watched in despair and alarm
As Jehan grew more wild and defied and defiled
All the laws, the laws of Notre Dame

CHORUS:
KYRIE ELEISON

FATHER DUPIN:
You must leave, Jehan this holy refuge where you've dwelled

JEHAN:
Leave? But Father—

FATHER DUPIN:
Sorry Claude,but I've no choice your brother is expelled

CLAUDE:
And Frollo didn't hear from his brother for several years.

CONGREGATION:
Meanwhile,
Frollo ascended uncommonly fast through the
Ranks of Notre Dame
Till he was named the Archdeacon at last
And gave thanks to Notre Dame
And then one doleful day brought a message
And the name that it bore was “Jehan”
And concealing his face Frollo stole to a place
Far away...away from Notre Dame

FROLLO:(Spoken)
Jehan, let me take you back. I’ll bring you home.
(Sung)
Brother dearest, come with me
Where we will find a remedy
And Notre Dame once more will be your sanctuary
Healing you will be my goal
Not just your body, but your soul
we'll be together in our holy sanctuary

JEHAN: (Spoken)
Enough, Claude! It’s too late for me anyway.
But if you've truly discovered charity at this late date, there's someone you can help.

FROLLO: (Spoken)
A baby? Yours? Oh…a monster! It’s God’s judgement on you!
The wicked shall not go unpunished!

JEHAN:
I should have known! I was a fool to think that you would look after him!

FROLLO:
Look after him? Me?

JEHAN:
He has nobody else!
Take him…if you can find it in your heart.

FROLLO:
Jehan? Jehan?!

CHORUS:
DIES IRAE (X2)
DIES ILLA (X2)
SOLVET SAECLUM
IN FAVILLA
KYRIE ELEISON

CONGREGATION:
And the saints regarded Frollo from their stone facade

CHORUS:
KYRIE ELEISON

CONGREGATION:
And he felt their gaze as if it were the eyes of God

FROLLO: (Spoken)
Oh Lord, you’ve sent me a test. This child is my cross to bare.
I may not have saved my brother, but I will save this…thing.
(Sung)
See this lonesome creature from whom lesser men would flee
I will keep and care for him and teach him at my knee to think like me

CONGREGATION:(Spoken)
And Frollo gave the child a name. A cruel name that means half-formed

FROLLO:
Quasimodo!

CONGREGATION:
Now here is a riddle to guess if you can
Sing the Bells of Notre Dame
What makes a monster and what makes a man?
Sing the Bells, Bells, Bells,
Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells
Bells of Notre Dame

[Thanks to Briallen Sanchez for corrections]

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