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The Bells Of Notre Dame is a song from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Lyrics

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

(song stops, speaking segment begins)

Listen, they're beautiful, no? So many colors of sound, so many changing moods Because you know, they don't ring all by themselves

Clopin puppet: They don't?


Clopin: No, silly boy.  Up there, high, high in the dark bell tower lives the mysterious bell ringer. Who is this creature?


Clopin puppet: Who?


Clopin: What is he?


Clopin puppet: What?


Clopin: How did he come to be there?


Clopin puppet: How?


Clopin: Hush... (bonks puppet on the head)


Clopin puppet: Ow! Clopin: and Clopin will tell you. It is a tale, a tale of a man and a monster.

(song resumes, scene changes to flashback)

Clopin: Dark was the night when our tale was begun On the docks near Notre Dame


Man #1: Shut it up, will you!


Man #2: We'll be spotted!


Quasimodo's mother: Hush, little one.


Clopin: Four frightened gypsies slid silently under The docks near Notre Dame


Man #3: Four guilders for safe passage into Paris


Clopin: 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


Quasimoldo's father: Judge Claude Frollo.


Clopin: The bells of Notre Dame

Chorus: Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Clopin: Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin

Chorus: Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Clopin: And he saw corruption everywhere, except within


Frollo: (speaking) Bring these gypsy vermin to the palace of justice.


Guard: You there, what are you hiding?


Frollo: Stolen goods, no doubt. Take them from her


Clopin: (speaking) She ran.

Chorus: Dies irae, dies illa (Day of wrath, that day) Solvet saeclum in favilla (Shall consume the world in ashes) Teste David cum sibylla (As prophesied by David and the sibyl) Quantus tremor est futurus (What trembling is to be) Quando Judex est venturus (When the Judge is come)

Quasimodo's mother: Sanctuary, please give us sanctuary!

Frollo: A baby? A monster!

Archdeacon: Stop!


Clopin: Cried the Archdeacon

Frollo: This is an unholy demon. I'm sending it back to Hell, where it belongs.


Archdeacon: (singing) See there the innocent blood you have spilt On the steps of Notre Dame


Frollo: (speaking) I am guiltless. She ran, I pursued.


Archdeacon: Now you would add this child's blood to your guilt On the steps of Notre Dame?


Frollo: (speaking) My conscience is clear


Archdeacon: 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

Chorus: Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Clopin: And for one time in his life Of power and control

Chorus: Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Clopin: Frollo felt a twinge of fear For his immortal soul 


Frollo: What must I do?


Archdeacon: (speaking) Care for the child, and raise it as your own


Frollo: What? I'm to be settled with this misshapen...? Very well. Let him live with you, in your church.


Archdeacon: Live here? Where?


Frollo: Anywhere (singing) Just so he's kept locked away where no one else can see (speaking) The bell tower, perhaps, and who knows, our Lord works in mysterious ways (singing resumes) Even this foul creature may Yet prove one day to be Of use to me

(scene changes to puppet show)

Clopin: And Frollo gave the child a cruel name A name that means half-formed: Quasimodo 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?

Clopin and Chorus: Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells Bells of Notre Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame!

Trivia

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