Bumping an old thread cos the unresolved pre-OLC recording lyrics to Javert's Soliloquy continue to intrigue me.
'Damned if I'll live in his __ of grace
Damned if I'll live in the debt of Valjean
I'll spit his pity right back in his faceThat is the law, or is sanity gone?
(Or perhaps Such is the law
- too hard to tell, and can't rule one out with common sense because they both work and mean more or less the same thing.)
There is nothing on earth that we share;
It is either Valjean or Javert.'
I'm almost certain of the bolded line. Not only does it sound right, it also makes a whole lot of sense considering the context - it's the first acknowledgement of the fact that his idea of the natural order ('sanity') is being upheaved. If my proposed ones are the correct lyrics, I can see why they were changed - the rapidfire delivery makes it near impossible to enunciate 'is sanity gone?' as a rhetorical question, so it doesn't come across so smoothly.
As for the first line, I'm pretty sure it's 'Chamber
of grace' - it more or less fits phonetically, my only doubt being that there's no hard 'Ch' sound audible. Still, I can't think of any other word that would fill that gap appropriately while also sounding like the recording does. If that is the lyric, again, I can see why they changed it - the idea of a 'chamber' really doesn't add any meaning at all, and thus comes across as out of place. Any thoughts on either of these are welcome - I'm pretty confident I'm right about the second line, but the 'grace' one is more elusive, as I said. Other perspectives are useful in order to avoid confirmation bias, too. All that aside, these are the lyrics I'll sing for my own enjoyment for the time being