The world is cruel
The world is wicked
It's I alone whom you can trust in this whole city
I am your only friend

I who keep you, teach you, feed you, dress you
I who look upon you without fear
How can I protect you, boy, unless you always
Stay in here,
Away in here?

Remember what I've taught you, Quasimodo.
You are deformed

Quasimodo: I am deformed

Frollo: And you are ugly

Quasimodo: And I am ugly

Frollo: And these are crimes for which the world shows little pity
You do not comprehend

Quasimodo: You are my one defender

Frollo: Out there, they'll revile you as a monster

Quasimodo: I am a monster

Frollo: Out there, they will hate and scorn and jeer

Quasimodo: Only a monster

Frollo: Why invite their calumny and consternation?
Stay in here
Be faithful to me

Quasimodo: I'm faithful

Frollo: Grateful to me

Quasimodo: I'm grateful

Frollo: Do as I say

Both:And/I'll stay in here

Quasimodo: Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone
Gazing at the people down below me
All my life, I watch them as I hide up here alone
Hungry for the histories they show me
All my life, I memorize their faces
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life, I wonder how it feels to pass a day
Not above them
But part of them

And out there, living in the sun
Give me one day out there, all I ask is one
To hold forever
Out there, where they all live unaware
What I'd give
What I'd dare
Just to live one day out there

Out there among the millers and the weavers and their wives
Through the roofs and gables I can see them
Every day they shout and scold and go about their lives
Heedless of the gift it is to be them

If I was in their skin
I'd treasure every instant

Out there, strolling by the Seine
Taste a morning out there, like ordinary men
Who freely walk about there
Just one day and then, I swear
I'll be content
With my share

Won't resent
Won't despair
Old and bent
I won't care
I'll have spent one day out there!

"The Bells of Notre Dame" • "Out There" • "Topsy Turvy" • "God Help the Outcasts" • "Heaven's Light/Hellfire" • "A Guy Like You" • "The Court of Miracles" • "The Bells of Notre Dame (Reprise)"