One Day More

"One Day More" ("Demain", Tomorrow, in the original French version) is a song from the 1980 musical Les Misérables. The music was written by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer.[1] The song is sung by the entire chorus, using a counterpoint melody.

Song by Les Misérables Ensemble
from the album Les Misérables
LanguageFrench (original)
English titleOne Day More
Recorded1980 (French Cast recording)
1985 (London Cast recording)
1987 (Broadway Cast recording)
2012 (Film cast recording)
Length3:36 (London Cast recording)
Composer(s)Claude-Michel Schönberg

Les Misérables was originally released as a French-language concept album, as French songwriter Alain Boublil had had the idea to adapt Victor Hugo's novel into a musical while at a performance of the musical Oliver! in London.[2]

The show – and the song – has been translated into 21 languages, including Japanese, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Czech, Polish, Spanish, and Estonian, and there have been 31 cast recordings featuring the song.[3] The London cast version is triple platinum in the UK, for sales of more than 900,000, and platinum in the U.S., for sales of more than one million. The Broadway cast version is quadruple platinum in the U.S. (more than four million sold), where four other versions have also gone gold.[4]

In popular cultureEdit

In 2012, musical theater performer and composer Michael Bihovsky composed a parody of this song about gluten-free and hypoallergenic food called "One Grain More".[5][6]

"One Day More" was parodied by the Marsh Family, a British family, in a video that went viral and was covered by NPR. The parody describes the social and economic implications on normal life due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

In 2017, the song was covered by the cast of the Magicians in season 2, episode 9 – Lesser Evils.[8]

In 2020, "One Day More" was parodied as "One Last Puff" in the YouTube fan-film The Magic Railroad Parody, sung by several of the parody film's cast.[9]

"One Day More" was also parodied by James Corden and an ensemble of Broadway cast members on January 19, 2021, the last day of the presidency of Donald Trump and day before the inauguration of Joe Biden.[10] The parody's lyrics frequently reference both the COVID pandemic and the events during and after supporters of Trump stormed of the United States Capitol.[11][12]


  1. ^ Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel are credited as the writers of both the original French and the English version while Herbert Kretzmer credited as the writers solely for the English version only.


  1. ^ "Les Misérables at". Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  2. ^ Behr, Edward (1993). The Complete Book of Les Miserables. New York: Arcade Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-55970-156-3.
  3. ^ "Translations and Cast Recordings.". Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Gold and Platinum". Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  5. ^ Tepper, Rachel (23 January 2013). "'One Grain More', gluten-free parody Of 'Les Miserables', offers great singing about awful food". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ "U.K. Family's Lockdown-Themed Rendition Of 'Les Mis' Is A Delight". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
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  9. ^ MrConductorFan1406 (25 August 2020). "The Magic Railroad Parody". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  10. ^ Shafer, Ellise (19 January 2021). "James Corden Celebrates ' Day ' of Trump With 'Les Misérables' Spoof". Variety. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  11. ^ Legaspi, Althea (20 January 2021). "Watch James Corden, Broadway Stars Mark ' Day ' of Trump". Rolling St. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  12. ^ Variety, Ellise Shafer. "James Corden celebrates ' Day ' of Trump with 'Les Misérables' spoof". Retrieved 14 May 2021.

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