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The Runaway Cart tiene lugar en Montreuil-sur-Mer durante 1823. La canción sigue a Fantine's Arrest. En la escena, un carro descarriado se ha estrellado y ha atrapado a Monsieur Fauchelevant. Jean Valjean se acerca para ayudarle, intenta levantarlo. Después de varios intentos usando su fuerza, el señor Fauchelevant consigue al fin liberarse.

El inspector Javert asiste a la escena, quedándose sorprendido de las grandes habilidades físicas del actual alcalde de la ciudad, y sospechando que es en realidad un viejo conocido suyo: el prisionero 24601.

La canción se incluye dentro de El arresto de Fantine en la producción española y Der Karren en la alemana. En la versión francesa no aparece, aunque es parte de la puesta en escena.


Look at that!
Look at that!
It's Monsieur Fauchelevant!
Don't approach!
Don't go near!
At the risk of your life!
He is caught by the wheel!
Oh, the pitiful man!
Stay away,
Turn away!
There is nothing to do!
There is nothing to do!

Is there anyone here
Who will rescue the man
Who will help me to shoulder
The weight of the cart?

Don't go near him Mr. Mayor
The load is as heavy as hell
The old man’s a goner for sure
It'll kill you as well

M'sieur le Mayor, I have no words,
You come from God, You are a saint.

Can this be true?
I don't believe what I see!
A man at your age
To be as strong as you are!
A mem'ry stirs...
You make me think of a man
From years ago
A man who broke his parole
He disappeared.
Forgive me, sir,
I would not dare...!

Say what you must
Don’t leave it there…

I have only known of one other
Who can do what you have done
He's a convict from the chain gang
He's been ten years on the run
But he couldn't run forever
We have found his hideaway
And he's just been re-arrested
And he comes to court today.
Well, of course, he now denies it
You'd expect that of a 'con'
But he couldn't run forever –
No, not even Jean Valjean!

You say this man denies it all
And gives no sign of understanding or repentance?
You say this man is going to trial
And that he’s sure to be returned
To serve his sentence?
Come to that, can you be sure
That I am not your man?

I have known the thief for ages
Tracked him down through thick and thin.
And to make the matter certain
There’s a brand upon his skin
He will bend. He will break.
This time there is no mistake!