HAMILTON

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Saw it a week and a half back. The beats and scenes and songs and the lyrics still running through my head. Inspired.

Thank you, Lin-Manuel.

Thank you, #AndPeggyToo Tour.

Thank you, #HamiltonSF ~

HERE’S A TASTE OF IT, THE FIRST SONG…

“Alexander Hamilton”

(performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Cast)

[BURR]

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a

Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a

Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence

Impoverished, in squalor

Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?

[LAURENS]

The ten-dollar founding father without a father

Got a lot farther by working a lot harder

By being a lot smarter

By being a self-starter

By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a

Trading charter

[JEFFERSON]

And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted

Away across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up

Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of

The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter

[MADISON]

Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned

Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain

Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain

And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain

[BURR]

Well, the word got around, they said, “This kid is insane, man”

Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland

“Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came, and

The world is gonna know your name. What’s your name, man?”

[HAMILTON]

Alexander Hamilton

My name is Alexander Hamilton

And there’s a million things I haven’t done

But just you wait, just you wait…

[ELIZA]

When he was ten his father split, full of it, debt-ridden

Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden

Half-dead sittin in their own sick, the scent thick

[COMPANY]

And Alex got better but his mother went quick

[WASHINGTON]

Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide

Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside

A voice saying

[WASHINGTON]

“You gotta fend for yourself.” [COMPANY]

“Alex, you gotta fend for yourself.”

[WASHINGTON]

He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf

[BURR]

There would have been nothin’ left to do

For someone less astute

He woulda been dead or destitute

Without a cent of restitution

Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord

Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and all the things he can’t afford

Scammin’ for every book he can get his hands on

Plannin’ for the future see him now as he stands on

The bow of a ship headed for a new land

In New York you can be a new man

[COMPANY]

In New York you can

Be a new man-

In New York you can

Be a new man-

[COMPANY]

Scammin’

Plannin’

Oooh…

[HAMILTON]

Just you wait!

Just you wait!

[COMPANY]

In New York you can be a new man-

[WOMEN]

In New York-

[MEN]

New York-

[HAMILTON]

Just you wait!

[COMPANY]

Alexander Hamilton

We are waiting in the wings for you

You could never back down

You never learned to take your time!

Oh, Alexander Hamilton

When America sings for you

Will they know what you overcame?

Will they know you rewrote the game?

The world will never be the same, oh

[BURR]

The ship is in the harbor now

See if you can spot him

Another immigrant

Comin’ up from the bottom

His enemies destroyed his rep

America forgot him

[COMPANY]

Alexander Hamilton

Waiting in the wings for you

You never learned to take your time!

Oh, Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton…

America sings for you

Will they know what you overcame?

Will they know you rewrote the game?

The world will never be the same, oh

[MEN]

Just you wait

[COMPANY]

Just you wait

[MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE]

We fought with him

[LAURENS]

Me? I died for him

[WASHINGTON]

Me? I trusted him

[ELIZA/ANGELICA/MARIA]

Me? I loved him

[BURR]

And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him

[COMPANY]

There’s a million things I haven’t done

But just you wait!

[BURR]

What’s your name, man?

[COMPANY]

Alexander Hamilton!

AND THIS ONE, THE BEGINNING OF LIFE IN COLONIAL AMERICA, HAMILTON FINDS …

“Aaron Burr, Sir”

(Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Cast)

[COMPANY]

1776. New York City

[HAMILTON]

Pardon me. Are you Aaron Burr, sir?

[BURR]

That depends. Who’s asking?

[HAMILTON]

Oh, well, sure, sir

I’m Alexander Hamilton, I’m at your service, sir

I have been looking for you

[BURR]

I’m getting nervous

[HAMILTON]

Sir…

I heard your name at Princeton. I was seeking an accelerated course of study when I got sort of out of sorts with a buddy of yours. I may have punched him. It’s a blur, sir. He handles the financials?

[BURR]

You punched the bursar

[HAMILTON]

Yes!

I wanted to do what you did. Graduate in two, then join the revolution. He looked at me like I was stupid, I’m not stupid

So how’d you do it? How’d you graduate so fast?

[BURR]

It was my parents’ dying wish before they passed

[HAMILTON]

You’re an orphan. Of course! I’m an orphan

God, I wish there was a war!

Then we could prove that we’re worth more

Than anyone bargained for…

[BURR]

Can I buy you a drink?

[HAMILTON]

That would be nice

[BURR]

While we’re talking, let me offer you some free advice

Talk less

[HAMILTON]

What?

[BURR]

Smile more

[HAMILTON]

Ha

[BURR]

Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for

[HAMILTON]

You can’t be serious

[BURR]

You wanna get ahead?

[HAMILTON]

Yes

[BURR]

Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead

AND THEN THE COMPANY EXPANDS…

[LAURENS]

Yo yo yo yo yo!

What time is it?

[LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

Show time!

[BURR]

…like I said…

[LAURENS]

Show time! Show time! Yo!

I’m John Laurens in the place to be!

Two pints o’ Sam Adams, but I’m workin’ on three, uh!

Those redcoats don’t want it with me!

Cuz I will pop chick-a pop these cops till I’m free!

[LAFAYETTE]

Oui oui, mon ami, je m’appelle Lafayette!

The Lancelot of the revolutionary set!

I came from afar just to say “Bonsoir!”

Tell the King “Casse toi!” Who’s the best?

C’est moi!

[MULLIGAN]

Brrrah brraaah! I am Hercules Mulligan

Up in it, lovin’ it, yes I heard ya mother said “Come again?”

Lock up ya daughters and horses, of course

It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets…

[LAURENS]

No more sex, pour me another brew, son!

Let’s raise a couple more…

[LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

To the revolution!

[LAURENS]

Well, if it ain’t the prodigy of Princeton college!

[MULLIGAN]

Aaron Burr!

[LAURENS]

Give us a verse, drop some knowledge!

[BURR]

Good luck with that: you’re takin’ a stand

You spit. I’m ‘a sit. We’ll see where we land

[LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

Boooo!

[LAURENS]

Burr, the revolution’s imminent. What do you stall for?

[HAMILTON]

If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?

[LAURENS]

Ooh

Who are you? [MULLIGAN]

Ooh

Who are you? [LAFAYETTE]

Ooh

Who are you?

[MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]

Ooh, who is this kid? What’s he gonna do?

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My Shot

(Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Cast)

[HAMILTON]

I am not throwing away my shot!

I am not throwing away my shot!

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot!

I’m ‘a get a scholarship to King’s College

I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish

The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish

I gotta holler just to be heard

With every word, I drop knowledge!

I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal

Tryin’ to reach my goal. My power of speech: unimpeachable

Only nineteen but my mind is older

These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder

Ev’ry burden, ev’ry disadvantage

I have learned to manage, I don’t have a gun to brandish

I walk these streets famished

The plan is to fan this spark into a flame

But damn, it’s getting dark, so let me spell out the name

I am the-

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS]

A-L-E-X-A-N-D

E-R-we are-meant to be…

[HAMILTON]

A colony that runs independently

Meanwhile, Britain keeps shittin’ on us endlessly

Essentially, they tax us relentlessly

Then King George turns around, runs a spending spree

He ain’t ever gonna set his descendants free

So there will be a revolution in this century

Enter me!

[LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS]

(He says in parentheses)

[HAMILTON]

Don’t be shocked when your hist’ry book mentions me

I will lay down my life if it sets us free

Eventually, you’ll see my ascendancy

[HAMILTON]

And I am not throwing away

My shot

I am not throwing away

My shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

[LAURENS]

My shot!

My shot!

And I’m not throwing away my shot.

[HAMILTON/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE]

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

It’s time to take a shot!

[LAFAYETTE]

I dream of life without a monarchy

The unrest in France will lead to ‘onarchy?

‘Onarchy? How you say, how you say, ‘anarchy?’

When I fight, I make the other side panicky

With my-

[HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

Shot!

[MULLIGAN]

Yo, I’m a tailor’s apprentice

And I got y’all knuckleheads in loco parentis

I’m joining the rebellion cuz I know it’s my chance

To socially advance, instead of sewin’ some pants!

I’m gonna take a-

[HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

Shot!

[LAURENS]

But we’ll never be truly free

Until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me

You and I. Do or die. Wait till I sally in

On a stallion with the first black battalion

Have another-

[HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

Shot!

[BURR]

Geniuses, lower your voices

You keep out of trouble and you double your choices

I’m with you, but the situation is fraught

You’ve got to be carefully taught:

If you talk, you’re gonna get shot!

[HAMILTON]

Burr, check what we got

Mister Lafayette, hard rock like Lancelot

I think your pants look hot

Laurens, I like you a lot

Let’s hatch a plot blacker than the kettle callin’ the pot…

What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot

Poppin’ a squat on conventional wisdom, like it or not

A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists?

Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is!

Oh, am I talkin’ too loud?

Sometimes I get over excited, shoot off at the mouth

I never had a group of friends before

I promise that I’ll make y’all proud

[LAURENS]

Let’s get this guy in front of a crowd

[HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/ENSEMBLE]

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

[LAURENS]

Ev’rybody sing:

Whoa, whoa, whoa

Hey!

Whoa!

Wooh!!

Whoa!

Ay, let ‘em hear ya!

Let’s go!

I said shout it to the rooftops!

Said, to the rooftops!

Come on!

Come on, let’s go! [HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/

MULLIGAN]

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

Whoa!

Whoa!

Yea!

[COMPANY]

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

Whoa!

Whoa!

Yea!

[LAURENS]

Rise up!

When you’re living on your knees, you rise up

Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up

Tell your sister that she’s gotta rise up

[LAURENS AND ENSEMBLE]

When are these colonies gonna rise up?

When are these colonies gonna rise up?

When are these colonies gonna rise up?

When are these colonies gonna rise up?

Rise up!

[COMPANY]

Whoa! Whoa!

Whoa!

Whoa!

Whoa!

Rise up!

[HAMILTON]

I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory

When’s it gonna get me?

In my sleep? Seven feet ahead of me?

If I see it comin’, do I run or do I let it be?

Is it like a beat without a melody?

See, I never thought I’d live past twenty

Where I come from some get half as many

Ask anybody why we livin’ fast and we laugh, reach for a flask

We have to make this moment last, that’s plenty

Scratch that

This is not a moment, it’s the movement

Where all the hungriest brothers with

Something to prove went?

Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand

We roll like Moses, claimin’ our promised land

And? If we win our independence?

‘Zat a guarantee of freedom for our descendants?

Or will the blood we shed begin an endless

Cycle of vengeance and death with no defendants?

I know the action in the street is excitin’

But Jesus, between all the bleedin’ ‘n fightin’

I’ve been readin’ ‘n writin’

We need to handle our financial situation

Are we a nation of states? What’s the state of our nation?

I’m past patiently waitin’. I’m passionately

Smashin’ every expectation

Every action’s an act of creation!

I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow

For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow

[HAMILTON AND COMPANY]

And I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

[HAMILTON/LAURENS/

LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

We’re gonna rise up! Time to take a shot!

We’re gonna rise up! Time to take a shot!

We’re gonna

[HAMILTON]

Time to take a shot!

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/

LAURENS/MULLIGAN]

Time to take a shot!

Time to take a shot!

Take a shot!

Shot!

Shot!

A-yo it’s

Time to take a shot!

Time to take a shot!

And I am-

[ENSEMBLE]

Not throwing away my shot

Not throwing away my shot

We’re gonna

Rise up!

Rise up!

Rise up!

Rise up!

Rise up!

Rise up!

Ri- ri- ri-

Time to take a shot!

Time to take a shot!

And I am-

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS]

Not throwin’ away my-

COMPANY

Not throwin’ away my shot!

AND THIS, THESE AMAZING THREE LADIES, THE LOVE THAT SETS IN, AND REMAINS…

“Schuyler Sisters”

(Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Cast)

[BURR]

There’s nothing rich folks love more

Than going downtown and slummin’ it with the poor

They pull up in their carriages and gawk

At the students in the common

Just to watch them talk

Take Philip Schuyler: the man is loaded

Uh-oh, but little does he know that

His daughters, Peggy, Angelica, Eliza

Sneak into the city just to watch all the guys at-

[COMPANY]

Work, work!

[ANGELICA]

Angelica!

[COMPANY]

Work, work!

[ELIZA]

Eliza!

[PEGGY]

And Peggy!

[COMPANY]

Work, work!

The Schuyler sisters!

[ANGELICA]

Angelica!

[PEGGY]

Peggy!

[ELIZA]

Eliza!

[COMPANY]

Work!

[PEGGY]

Daddy said to be home by sundown

[ANGELICA]

Daddy doesn’t need to know

[PEGGY]

Daddy said not to go downtown

[ELIZA]

Like I said, you’re free to go

[ANGELICA]

But-look around, look around, the

Revolution’s happening in New York

[ELIZA/PEGGY]

New York

[COMPANY]

Angelica

[SCHUYLER SISTERS AND COMPANY]

Work!

[PEGGY]

It’s bad enough daddy wants to go to war

[ELIZA]

People shouting in the square

[PEGGY]

It’s bad enough there’ll be violence on our shore

[ANGELICA]

New ideas in the air

[ANGELICA AND MALE ENSEMBLE]

Look around, look around-

[ELIZA]

Angelica, remind me what we’re looking for…

[ALL MEN]

She’s lookin’ for me!

[ANGELICA]

Eliza, I’m lookin’ for a mind at work

I’m lookin’ for a mind at work!

I’m lookin’ for a mind at work!

Whooaaaaa!

[ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY]

Whooaaaaa!

Work! [COMPANY]

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work!

[BURR]

Wooh! There’s nothin’ like summer in the city

Someone in a rush next to someone lookin’ pretty

Excuse me, miss, I know it’s not funny

But your perfume smells like your daddy’s got money

Why you slummin’ in the city in your fancy heels

You searchin for an urchin who can give you ideals?

[ANGELICA]

Burr, you disgust me

[BURR]

Ah, so you’ve discussed me

I’m a trust fund, baby, you can trust me!

[ANGELICA]

I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine

So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane

You want a revolution? I want a revelation

So listen to my declaration:

[ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY]

“We hold these truths to be self-evident

That all men are created equal”

[ANGELICA]

And when I meet Thomas Jefferson

[COMPANY]

Unh!

[ANGELICA]

I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel!

[WOMEN]

Work!

[ELIZA]

Look around, look around at how

Lucky we are to be alive right now!

[ELIZA/PEGGY]

Look around, look around at how

Lucky we are to be alive right now!

[ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY]

History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world!

[SCHUYLER SISTERS AND COMPANY]

In the greatest city in the world!

[ANGELICA]

Cuz I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine

So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane

[ANGELICA]

You want a revolution?

I want a revelation

So listen to my declaration:

[ANGELICA/ELIZA/PEGGY]

We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal

Whoo! [ELIZA/PEGGY]

Look around, look around

The revolution’s happening in-

[ELIZA/PEGGY]

New York!

In New York!

[FEMALE ENSEMBLE]

Look around

Look around

At how lucky we are to be alive right now [MEN]

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

[WOMEN]

Look around, look around the revolution’s happening

Hey! Hey!

Hey! Hey!

Hey! Hey!

Hey! Hey!

[FULL COMPANY]

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!

History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be

[ALL WOMEN]

In the greatest city in the world

[ALL MEN]

In the greatest city-

[COMPANY]

In the greatest city in the world!

[COMPANY]

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

[COMPANY]

Work, work!

Work, work!

Work, work!

[ANGELICA]

Angelica!

[ELIZA]

Eliza!

[PEGGY]

And Peggy!

[ANGELICA/ELIZA/PEGGY]

The Schuyler sisters!

We’re looking for a mind at work!

Hey!

Hey!

[ANGELICA]

Whoa!

In the greatest

City in the world

[ELIZA/PEGGY]

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

In the greatest

City in the world

[COMPANY]

In the greatest city in the world!

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1780

[BURR]

A winter’s ball

And the Schuyler sisters are the envy of all

Yo, if you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son

[HAMILTON]

Is it a question of if, Burr, or which one?

[HAMILTON/BURR/LAURENS]

Hey

Hey

Hey hey

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Helpless

(Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Cast)

[HAMILTON/BURR/LAURENS/ALL WOMEN (EXCEPT ELIZA)]

Hey hey hey hey

[ELIZA]

Ohh, I do I do I do I

Dooo! Hey!

Ohh, I do I do I do I

Dooo! Boy you got me [ALL WOMEN]

Hey hey hey hey

Hey hey hey hey

Hey hey hey hey

Hey hey hey

[ELIZA AND WOMEN]

Helpless!

Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless!

Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ‘em

[ELIZA]

I have never been the type to try and grab the spotlight

We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night

Laughin’ at my sister as she’s dazzling the room

Then you walked in and my heart went “Boom!”

Tryin’ to catch your eye from the side of the ballroom

Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume

[ELIZA AND WOMEN]

Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine

[ELIZA]

Grab my sister, and

Whisper, “Yo, this

One’s mine.”

My sister made her way across the room to you

And I got nervous, thinking “What’s she gonna do?”

She grabbed you by the arm, I’m thinkin’ “I’m through”

Then you look back at me and suddenly I’m

Helpless!

Oh, look at those eyes

Oh!

Yeah, I’m

Helpless, I know

I’m so into you

I am so into you

I know I’m down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in ‘em.

[ALL WOMEN]

Oooh

Oooh

Oooh

Oooh

Helpless!

Look into your eyes

And the sky’s the limit

I’m

Helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in ‘em

I’m helpless!

Look into your eyes

And the sky’s the limit I’m helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in ‘em.

[HAMILTON]

Where are you taking me?

[ANGELICA]

I’m about to change your life

[HAMILTON]

Then by all means, lead the way

[ELIZA]

Elizabeth Schuyler. It’s a pleasure to meet you

[HAMILTON]

Schuyler?

[ANGELICA]

My sister

[ELIZA]

Thank you for all your service

[HAMILTON]

If it takes fighting a war for us to meet, it will have been worth it

[ANGELICA]

I’ll leave you to it

[ELIZA AND WOMEN]

One week later

[ELIZA]

I’m writin’ a letter nightly

Now my life gets better, every letter that you write me

Laughin’ at my sister, cuz she wants to form a harem

[ANGELICA]

I’m just sayin’, if you really loved me, you would share him

[ELIZA]

Ha!

Two weeks later

In the living room stressin’

My father’s stone-faced

While you’re asking for his blessin’

I’m dying inside, as

You wine

And dine

And I’m tryin’ not to cry

‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do

My father makes his way across the room

To you

I panic for a second, thinking

“we’re through”

But then he shakes your hand and says

“Be true”

And you turn back to me, smiling, and I’m

Helpless!

Helpless!

Hoo!

That boy is mine

That boy is mine!

Helpless! Helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in em

[ALL WOMEN]

Stressin’

Blessin’

Oooh

Oooh

Oooh

Oooh

Helpless!

Look into your eyes

And the sky’s the

Limit I’m

Helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in

‘em I’m

Helpless!

Look into your eyes

And the sky’s the

Limit I’m

Helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in em

[HAMILTON]

Eliza, I don’t have a dollar to my name

An acre of land, a troop to command, a dollop of fame

All I have’s my honor, a tolerance for pain

A couple of college credits and my top-notch brain

Insane, your family brings out a different side of me

Peggy confides in me, Angelica tried to take a bite of me

No stress, my love for you is never in doubt

We’ll get a little place in Harlem and we’ll figure it out

I’ve been livin’ without a family since I was a child

My father left, my mother died, I grew up buckwild

But I’ll never forget my mother’s face, that was real

And long as I’m alive, Eliza, swear to God

You’ll never feel so…

[HAMILTON]

Eliza…

I’ve never felt so-

My life is gon’ be fine cuz Eliza’s in it.

[ELIZA]

I do I do I do I do!

I do I do I do I do!

Hey, yeah, yeah!

I’m down for the count

I’m-

I look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit

I’m

…drownin’ in ‘em. [ALL WOMEN]

Helpless!

Helpless!

Helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in ‘em

Helpless!

Helpless!

Helpless!

Down for the count

And I’m drownin’ in ‘em.

Wedding march plays

[ALL WOMEN]

In New York, you can be a new man…

In New York, you can be a new man…

In New York, you can be a new man…

[ELIZA]

Helpless

AND THE BATTLE THAT ENDED IT ALL…AND AMERICA BEGAN…

“The battle of Yorktown. 1781”

[LAFAYETTE]

Monsieur Hamilton

[HAMILTON]

Monsieur Lafayette

[LAFAYETTE]

In command where you belong

[HAMILTON]

How you say, no sweat

We’re finally on the field. We’ve had quite a run

[LAFAYETTE]

Immigrants:

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE]

We get the job done

[HAMILTON]

So what happens if we win?

[LAFAYETTE]

I go back to France

I bring freedom to my people if I’m given the chance

[HAMILTON]

We’ll be with you when you do

[LAFAYETTE]

Go lead your men

[HAMILTON]

See you on the other side

[LAFAYETTE]

‘Til we meet again, let’s go!

[ENSEMBLE]

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young

Scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwin’ away my shot!

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

[HAMILTON]

‘Til the world turns upside down…

[ENSEMBLE]

‘Til the world turns upside down!

[HAMILTON]

I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory

This is where it gets me: on my feet

The enemy ahead of me

If this is the end of me, at least I have a friend with me

Weapon in my hand, a command, and my men with me

Then I remember my Eliza’s expecting me…

Not only that, my Eliza’s expecting

We gotta go, gotta get the job done

Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son!

Take the bullets out your gun!

[ENSEMBLE]

What?

[HAMILTON]

The bullets out your gun!

[ENSEMBLE]

What?

[HAMILTON]

We move under cover and we move as one

Through the night, we have one shot to live another day

We cannot let a stray gunshot give us away

We will fight up close, seize the moment and stay in it

It’s either that or meet the business end of a bayonet

The code word is ‘Rochambeau,’ dig me?

[ENSEMBLE]

Rochambeau!

[HAMILTON]

You have your orders now, go, man, go!

And so the American experiment begins

With my friends all scattered to the winds

Laurens is in South Carolina, redefining brav’ry

[HAMILTON/LAURENS]

We’ll never be free until we end slavery!

[HAMILTON]

When we finally drive the British away

Lafayette is there waiting-

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE]

In Chesapeake Bay!

[HAMILTON]

How did we know that this plan would work?

We had a spy on the inside. That’s right

[HAMILTON/COMPANY]

Hercules Mulligan!

[MULLIGAN]

A tailor spyin’ on the British government!

I take their measurements, information and then I smuggle it

[COMPANY]

Up

[MULLIGAN]

To my brother’s revolutionary covenant

I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!

See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians

We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it!

Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction

When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again!

[COMPANY]

Left! Right! Hold!

Go!

What! What! What!

[HAMILTON]

After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet

[LAFAYETTE]

We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief

[MULLIGAN]

And just like that, it’s over. We tend to our wounded, we count our dead

[LAURENS]

Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom

[WASHINGTON]

Not. Yet

[HAMILTON]

We negotiate the terms of surrender

I see George Washington smile

We escort their men out of Yorktown

They stagger home single file

Tens of thousands of people flood the streets

There are screams and church bells ringing

And as our fallen foes retreat

I hear the drinking song they’re singing…

[ALL MEN]

The world turned upside down

[FULL COMPANY]

The world turned upside down

The world turned upside down

The world turned upside down

Down

Down, down, down

[LAFAYETTE]

Freedom for America, freedom for France!

[COMPANY]

Down, down, down

[HAMILTON]

Gotta start a new nation

Gotta meet my son

[COMPANY]

Down, down, down

[MULLIGAN]

We won!

[LAFAYETTE]

We won!

[MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]

We won!

[MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS/HAMILTON/WASHINGTON]

We won!

[COMPANY]

The world turned upside down!

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You get the idea.   And those were all from the first act!

Forty-two songs in all.  Great lyrics, great messages, great stories, great lessons.  See if you can.  At the least, find the music, listen to it, let it soak in, let it inspired you.

I did.

GOOD.

And GRATEFUL.

 

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