full lyrics to “i have a crime to declare” care of my sheet music book:
M’sieur la Mayor, I have a crime to declare
I have disgraced the uniform that I wear
I’ve done you wrong, let no forgiveness be shown
I’ve been as hard on every rogue I have known.
I’ll bear the blame, I must be treated just the same.
(spoken) I don’t understand, what is this crime, Javert?
I mistook you for a convict, I have made a false report
Now I learn they’ve caught the culprit, he’s about to face the court
And of course the thief denies it, you’d expect that from 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 repentence?
You say this man is going to trial and that he’s sure to be returned to serve his sentence?
He will pay and so must I
Press charges against me sir
You have only done your duty, it’s a minor sin at most
All of us have made misjudgments, you’ll return, sir, to your post.
Must I do as you say?
It’s your duty to obey.
(Variations from the 2012 film marked with italics. Both of the lines added in are the same tune as “Honest work, just reward, that’s the way to please the Lord.”)