Election of 1800 Lyrics - Hamilton

Broadway musical (2015)
Hamilton the Musical - Election of 1800 Lyrics

"Election of 1800" is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Daveed Diggs (Jefferson), Okieriete Onaodowan (Madison), Leslie Odom Jr. (Burr), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton).

[Intro: Thomas Jefferson, (Ensemble)]
The Election of 1800!
Can we get back to politics?
Please?
Yo…

[Verse 1: Thomas Jefferson]
Every action has its equal opposite reaction
John Adams shat the bed; I love the guy, but he’s in traction
Poor Alexander Hamilton, he is missing in action
So now I’m facing Aaron Burr with his own faction

[James Madison]
He’s very attractive in the North, New Yorkers like his chances

[Jefferson]
He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances

[Madison]
Ask him a question, it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances

[Jefferson]
And they say I’m a Francophile, at least they know I know where France is

[Madison]
Thomas, that’s the problem; see, they see Burr as a less extreme you
You need to change course, a key endorsement might redeem you

[Jefferson]
Who did you have in mind?

[Madison]
Don’t laugh

[Jefferson]
Who is it?

[Madison]
You used to work on the same staff.

[Jefferson]
Whaaaat?

[Hook 1: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison]

[Madison]
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side

[Jefferson and Madison]
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side

[Break: Aaron Burr and (Ensemble)]
Talk less! (Burr!)
Smile more! (Burr!)
Don\'t let them know what you\'re against or what you\'re for! (Burr!)
Shake hands with him! (Burr!)
Charm her! (Burr!)
It’s 1800; ladies, tell your husbands, vote for Burr!

[Verse 2: Various Ensemble]
I don’t like Adams! Well, he’s gonna lose, that’s just defeatist.
And Jefferson? In love with France! Yeah, he’s so elitist!
I like that Aaron Burr! I can’t believe we’re here with him!
He seems approachable? Like you could grab a beer with him

[Bridge 1: (Alexander Hamilton) & Ensemble]
Dear Mr. Hamilton
Your fellow Federalists would like to know how you’ll be voting
(It’s quiet uptown…)
Dear Mr. Hamilton
John Adams doesn’t stand a chance, so who you are you promoting?
(It’s quiet uptown…)
Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr?
We know, it’s lose/lose
Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr?
But if you had to choose…
Dear Mr. Hamilton
John Adams doesn’t stand a chance, so who you are you promoting?
But if you had to choose!

[Verse 3: Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr]

[Hamilton]
Well, if isn’t Aaron Burr, sir.

[Burr]
Alexander!

[Hamilton]
You’ve created quite a stir, sir.

[Burr]
I’m going door to door!


[Hamilton]
You’re openly campaigning?

[Burr]
Sure!

[Hamilton]
That’s new.

[Burr]
Honestly, it’s kind of draining


[Hamilton]
Burr?

[Burr]
Sir?

[Hamilton]
Is there anything you wouldn’t do?

[Burr]
No, I’m chasing what I want, and you know what?

[Hamilton]
What?

[Burr]
I learned that from you

[Bridge 2: James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and (Ensemble)]

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)

[Madison]
…It’s a tie

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)

[Jefferson]
It’s up to the delegates


(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)

[Jefferson and Madison]
It’s up to Hamilton!

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)
(Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr?)
(Choose, choose, choose!)

[Verse 4: Alexander Hamilton and (Ensemble)]
Yo
(Oh!) The people are asking to hear my voice
(Oh!) But the country is facing a difficult choice
(Oh!) And you were to ask me who I’d promote…
(Oh!) …Jefferson has my vote
(Oh!) I have never agreed with Jefferson once…
(Oh!) We have fought on like 75 different fronts
(Oh!) But when all said and all is done…
Jefferson has beliefs; Burr has none

[Hook 2: Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, James Madison and (Ensemble)]
(Ooooh!)

[Jefferson and Madison]
Well, I’ll be damned! Well, I’ll be damned!

[Madison]
Hamilton’s on your side

(Well, I’ll be damned! Well, I’ll be damned!)

[Madison]
And… you won in a landslide

[Burr]
Congrats on a race well won
I did give you a fight.

[Jefferson]
Uh-huh…

[Burr]
I look forward to our partnership.

[Jefferson]
Our partnership?

[Burr]
As your vice president!

[Jefferson]
[laughs] Yeah, right!

[Outro: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison]

[Jefferson]
You hear this guy?
Man openly campaigns against me, talking ‘bout “I look forward to our partnership!”

[Madison]
It is crazy that the guy who comes in second gets to be vice president

[Jefferson]
OOOH! Y’know what, we can change that! Y’know why?

[Madison]
Why?

[Jefferson]
‘Cause I’m the president!
Burr…
When you see Hamilton, thank him for the endorsement.

[Thanks to Edie for corrections]
[Thanks to Jo for corrections]

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