The Count of Monte Cristo: The Musical~ A Story Told Lyrics

A Story Told

from The Count of Monte Cristo: The Musical

Lyrics by Jack Murphy

MONDEGO:

We are friends, are we not?

DANGLARS:

And our interests are the same

VILLEFORT:

We collaborate

DANGLARS:

And trust in fate

Parcel out the blame

MONDEGO:

There are ends we’ve all got that can justify the means

DANGLARS:

We negotiate

VILLEFORT:

Then fabricate the facts behind the scenes

MONDEGO:

Keeping all the details vague and secrets hidden

DANGLARS:

Safe from the balanced sheet of those you trust*

Because history is a story told by the winners of the fight

You imply a little

MONDEGO:

Lie a little

Testifying

VILLEFORT:

Try a little

MONDEGO AND VILLEFORT:

Sailor

MONDEGO:

Who’s gonna question what goes on in the middle of the night?

Not a tinker

DANGLARS:

Not a tailor

MONDEGO

Not his father or Mercedes

VILLEFORT

Or a jailer

MONDEGO:

So we all are agreed

Let’s be vigilant and wise

DANGLARS

We must all pretend our naïve friend was caught in his own lies

For our plan to succeed

we must share but one belief

Edmond Dantes stays and ends his days inside the Chateau d’If

MONDEGO:

Where the softest things he’ll touch are stones and darkness

Deep in a craggy isle and dungeon’s keep

VILLEFORT:

Because history’s a story told by the men who make the laws

DANGLARS:

We supply a little lie

MONDEGO:

To help the gullible to buy a little fable

VILLEFORT:

What will become of the righteous men who fashioned Dantes’ flaws?

DANGLARS:

The rich

VILLEFORT

And well respected

DANGLARS:

Are no more to be rejected at our table

MONDEGO:

I’ll be a comfort in her time of grief and anguish

I’ll be Mercedes’ ever faithful acolyte

Every night

VILLEFORT:

And part of me wishes Dantes didn’t have to languish

But I can see it’s him or me**

DANGLARS:

Let him sit there and rot until he’s forgot

MONDEGO

Let him rot!

THREE TOGETHER:

History’s a story told by the people who survive

VILLEFORT:

Let me sign and then initial

DANGLARS:

It’s the truth if it’s officially the story

MONDEGO:

What if the cost is one young man so three more men can survive?

VILLEFORT:

He’s a price we have to pay

MONDEGO:

So live and fight another day for love and glory

DANGLARS:

He was standing in the way

A threat to justice in Marseille

VILLEFORT:

So goes the story!

MONDEGO:

Stick to the story!

THREE TOGETHER:

Here ends the story!

*I’m pretty sure these lyrics are correct, but there’s also a chance that I messed up one or two words

**It sounds much more like Mondego is singing here

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9 thoughts on “The Count of Monte Cristo: The Musical~ A Story Told Lyrics

    • Thank you so much for figuring out that part! I listened to it so many times and couldn’t figure it out! Also, a came across a few people that also agreed with you that it was Villefort singing that line, so I changed it.

      • Since the production is still in “workshop” rather than finalized onto Broadway already, there are some changes that are still being made. In the most recent production at the Pioneer Theater in Salt lake city, Utah, a lot of the lines in this song have been changed from one character to another in order to further the story line better.
        ALSO, there is a gorgeous reprise that Mr. Wildhorn has added! With inspector Villafort singing it. I love it 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment! Your sentence makes much more sense given the sentence structure, and I listened to that part over and over again and yours does indeed sound correct, so I changed it.

  1. sORRY
    but i’m petty sure it’s Mondego that says “But I can see it’s him or me” because it doesn’t sound like Villefort’s voice at all!

    • I have always thought the same thing! I believe when I first put the lyrics up, I said it was Mondego or Danglars that sang that part because it made more sense to me, but then someone corrected me and said it was Villefort. The tricky and annoying thing with this song is that the singers’ accents and tones change in so many lines, so it’s difficult to know who is singing what and also the way they cut the song between different lines makes it confusing. But, yes, I agree with you it does sound like Mondego there much more than it sounds like Villefort.

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