Lights up on Aaron Burr & the company 2

AARON 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?

JOHN LAURENS: The ten-dollar founding father without a father 3

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

THOMAS JEFFERSON: And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted

Away across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up 4

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

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

JAMES 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 5

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's gonna know your name. What’s your name, man?

ALEXANDER HAMILTON: Alexander Hamilton

My name is Alexander Hamilton 6

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

But just you wait, just you wait...

ELIZA HAMILTON: 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


And Alex got better but his mother went quick

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide

Left him with nothin' but ruined pride, something new inside voice saying

Alex, you gotta fend for yourself

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

COMPANY: Alex, you gotta fend for yourself

BURR: There would have been nothin' left to do 7

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


In New York you can be a new man --

In New York you can be a new man --


Just you wait!

Just you wait!

COMPANY: In New York you can be a new man --

WOMEN: In New York --

MEN: In 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 your game? 8

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

MULLIGAN, LAFAYETTE: We fought with him 9

LAURENS: Me, I died for him

WASHINGTON: Me, I trusted 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