The Bells of Notre-Dame

Lyrics from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Clopin: The Bells of Notre-Dame

[Clopin:] Morning in Paris, the city awakes
To the bells of Notre Dame
The fisherman fishes, the bakerman 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

Dark was the night when our tale was begun
On the docks near Notre Dame
Four frightened gypsies slid silently under
The docks near Notre Dame

But a trap had been laid for the gypsies
And they gazed up in fear and alarm
At a figure whose clutches
Were iron as much as the bells
The bells of Notre Dame

Judge Claude Frollo longed
To purge the world of vice and sin
And he saw corruption everywhere, except within

[Archdeacon:] See there the innocent blood you have spilt
On the steps of Notre Dame
Now you would add this child's blood to your guilt
On the steps of Notre Dame

You can lie to yourself and your minions
You can claim that you haven't a qualm
But you never can run from
Nor hide what you've done from the eyes
The very eyes of Notre Dame

[Clopin:] And for one time in
His life of power and control
Frollo felt a twinge of fear for his immortal soul

[Frollo:] Just so he's kept locked away
Where no one else can see
Even this foul creature may yet prove one day to be
Of use to me

[Clopin:] Now here is a riddle to guess if you can
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
Who is the monster and who is the man?
Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells
Bells, bells, bells, bells
Bells of Notre Dame!

Lyrics transcribed by

Music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Paul Kandel, David Ogden Stiers, Tony Jay and Chorus

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