Lyrics Post: “Ten Duel Commandments”

These silly rules effected Hamilton’s life twice. Once it was tragic, the second it was fatal.

I’m glad we’ve moved on. But still it’s worth it to remember, least we forget and let ego and so-called honor get in the way of compromise once again.

“Ten Duel Commandments”

[Men:]
One, two, three, four

[Full Company:]
Five, six, seven, eight, nine…

[Burr/Hamilton/Laurens/Lee:]
It’s the Ten Duel Commandments

[Full Company:]
It’s the Ten Duel Commandments
Number one!

[Laurens:]
The challenge: demand satisfaction
If they apologize, no need for further action

[Company:]
Number two!

[Laurens:]
If they don’t, grab a friend, that’s your second

[Hamilton:]
Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned

[Company:]
Number three!

[Lee:]
Have your seconds meet face to face

[Burr:]
Negotiate a peace…

[Hamilton:]
Or negotiate a time and place

[Burr:]
This is commonplace, ‘specially ‘tween recruits

[Company:]
Most disputes die, and no one shoots
Number four!

[Laurens:]
If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright
Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site

[Hamilton:]
You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility

[Burr:]
You have him turn around so he can have deniability

[Company:]
Five!

[Lee:]
Duel before the sun is in the sky

[Company:]
Pick a place to die where it’s high and dry
Number six!

[Hamilton:]
Leave a note for your next of kin
Tell ’em where you been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in

[Company:]
Seven!

[Lee:]
Confess your sins. Ready for the moment
Of adrenaline when you finally face your opponent

[Company:]
Number eight!

[Laurens/Lee/Hamilton/Burr:]
Your last chance to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight…

[Burr:]
Alexander

[Hamilton:]
Aaron Burr, sir

[Burr:]
Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?

[Hamilton:]
Sure
But your man has to answer for his words, Burr

[Burr:]
With his life? We both know that’s absurd, sir

[Hamilton:]
Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?

[Burr:]
Okay, so we’re doin’ this

[Company:]
Number nine!

[Hamilton:]
Look ’em in the eye, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count

[Men:]
One two three four

[Full Company:]
Five six seven eight nine

[Hamilton/Burr:]
Number

[Company:]
Ten paces!

[Hamilton/Burr:]
Fire!

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