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​Little People

This song is by Claude-Michel Schönberg and appears on the musical Les Misérables - The Complete Symphonic Recording (1988) by various artists.

They laugh at me, these fellows, just because I am small.
They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall.
I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground.
The world is big but lil' people turn it around.

A worm can roll a stone.
A bee can sting a bear.
A fly can fly around the sky 'cause flies don't care
A sparrow in a hut, can make a happy home.
A flea can bite the bottom of the pope in rome

Goliath was a bruiser who was as tall as the sky.
But David threw a rock, and gave him one in the eye.
I never read the Bible but I know that it's true.
It only goes to show what little people can do.

So listen here, professor with your head in the cloud
It's often kinda useful to get lost in a crowd
So keep your universities -- I don't give a damn
For better or for worse it is the way that I am

Be careful as you go
'Cause little people grow
And little people know
When little people fight,
We may look easy pickings
But we got some bite!
So never kick a dog
Because it's just a pup
You'd better run for cover when the pup grows up

And we'll fight like twenty armies
And we won't give up

(Gavroche enters.)

Gavroche
Liar!
Good evening, dear inspector
Lovely evening, my dear.
I know this man, my friends
His name is Inspector Javert
So don't believe a word he says
'Cause none of it's true
This only goes to show
What little people can do!

And little people know
When little people fight
We may look easy pickings
But we've got some bite
So never kick a dog
Because he's just a pup
We'll fight like twenty armies
And we won't give up
So you'd better run for cover
When the pup grows up!

Grantaire
Bravo, little Gavroche, you're the top of the class!

Prouvaire
So what are we going to do
With this snake in the grass?

Enjolras
Tie this man and take him
To the tavern in there
The people will decide your fate
Inspector Javert!

Various Students
Take the bastard now and shoot him!
Let us watch the devil dance
You'd have done the same Inspector
If we'd let you have your chance!

Javert
Shoot me now or shoot me later
Every schoolboy to his sport
Death to each and every traitor
I renounce your people's court!

Combeferre
Though we may not all survive here
There are things that never die

Grantaire
What's the difference? Die a schoolboy
Die a policeman die a spy!

Enjolras
Take this man, bring him through
There is work we have to do!

Joly
There's a boy climbing the barricade!

Marius
Good God! What are you doing?
'Ponine, have you no fear?
Have you seen my beloved?
Why have you come back here?

Eponine
Took the letter like you said
I met her father at the door
He said he would give it
Don't think I can stand any more.

Marius

Eponine, what's wrong? I feel...
There's something wet upon your hair

Eponine, you're hurt
You need some help!
Oh God, it's everywhere

Music by:

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics by:

Herbert Kretzmer Wikipedia16