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Broadway musical (2015)
Hamilton the Musical - Non-Stop Lyrics

BURR:
After the war I went back to New York

HAMILTON:
A-After the war I went back to New York

BURR:
I finished up my studies and I practiced law

HAMILTON:
I practiced law, Burr worked next door

BURR:
Even though we started at the very same time
Alexander Hamilton began to climb
How to account for his rise to the top?
Maaaaan, the man is                            ENSEMBLE:
Non-stop!                                           Non-stop!

HAMILTON:
Gentlemen of the jury, I’m curious, bear with me
Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry?
This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation

HAMILTON:
The liberty behind
Deliberation—                                    ENSEMBLE:
.                                                       Non-stop!

HAMILTON:
I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt
With my assistant counsel

BURR:
Co-counsel
Hamilton, sit down
Our client Levi Weeks is innocent. Call your first witness
That’s all you had to say!

HAMILTON:
Okay!
One more thing—

BURR:
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Soon that attitude may be your doom!

ENSEMBLE:
Awwww!

BURR:                                               ENSEMBLE:                                             
Why do you write like you’re                Why do you write like you’re
running out of time?                            running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re
running out of time?     
Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re              Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re
running out of time                            running out of time

Keep on fighting. In the meantime—    
.                                                        Non-stop!

HAMILTON:
Corruption’s such an old song that we can sing along in harmony
And nowhere is it stronger than in Albany
This colony’s economy’s increasingly stalling and

HAMILTON:
Honestly, that’s why public service            BURR AND ENSEMBLE:
Seems to be calling me.                          He’s just     
.                                                          Non-stop!

HAMILTON:
I practiced the law, I practic’ly perfected it
I’ve seen injustice in the world and I’ve corrected it
Now for a strong central democracy
If not, then I’ll be Socrates

HAMILTON:
Throwing verbal rocks
At these mediocrities.                              ENSEMBLE:
.                                                            Awww!

BURR:
Hamilton, at the Constitutional Convention:

HAMILTON:
I was chosen for the Constitutional Convention

BURR:
There as a New York junior delegate:

HAMILTON:
Now what I’m going to say may sound indelicate…

COMPANY:
Awwww!

BURR:
Goes and proposes his own form of government!

COMPANY:
What?

His own plan for a new form of government!      

COMPANY:
What?

BURR:
Talks for six hours! The convention is listless!

ENSEMBLE MAN:
Bright young man…

ANOTHER ENSEMBLE MAN:
Yo, who the f is this?

BURR:
Why do you always say what you believe?             COMPANY:
Why do you always say what                               Why do you always say what
you believe?                                                      you believe?
Ev’ry proclamation guarantees free
ammunition for your enemies!
.                                                                       Awww!
BURR AND MEN:
Why do you write like it’s                                    ALL WOMEN:
Going out of style?                                             Going out of style, hey!
Write day and night like it’s
Going out of style?                                             Going out of style, hey!     

BURR AND COMPANY:
Ev’ry day you fight like it’s
Going out of style
Do what you do

BURR:
Alexander?

HAMILTON:
Aaron Burr, sir

BURR:
It’s the middle of the night

HAMILTON:
Can we confer, sir?

BURR:
Is this a legal matter?

HAMILTON:
Yes, and it’s important to me

BURR:
What do you need?

HAMILTON:
Burr, you’re a better lawyer than me

BURR:
Okay

HAMILTON:
I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive
You’re incredible in court. You’re succinct, persuasive
My client needs a strong defense. You’re the solution

BURR:
Who’s your client?

HAMILTON:
The new U.S. Constitution?

BURR:
No

HAMILTON:
Hear me out

BURR:
No way!

HAMILTON:
A series of essays, anonymously published
Defending the document to the public

BURR:
No one will read it

HAMILTON:
I disagree

BURR:
And if it fails?

HAMILTON:
Burr, that’s why we need it

BURR:
The constitution’s a mess

HAMILTON:
So it needs amendments

BURR:
It’s full of contradictions

HAMILTON:
So is independence
We have to start somewhere

BURR:
No. No way

HAMILTON:
You’re making a mistake

BURR:
Good night

HAMILTON:
Hey
What are you waiting for?
What do you stall for?

BURR:
What?

HAMILTON:
We won the war
What was it all for?
Do you support this constitution?

BURR:
Of course

HAMILTON:
Then defend it

BURR:
And what if you’re backing the wrong horse?

HAMILTON:
Burr, we studied and we fought and we killed
For the notion of a nation we now get to build
For once in your life, take a stand with pride
I don’t understand how you stand to the side

BURR:
I’ll keep all my plans
Close to my chest                             ENSEMBLE:                       
.                                                     Wait for it, wait for
.                                                     It, wait…
I’ll wait here and see
Which way the wind                          Which way the wind
Will blow                                          Will blow
I’m taking my time                             I’m taking my time
Watching the                                    Watching the 
Afterbirth of a nation                          Afterbirth of a nation
Watching the tension grow.                Watching the tension grow.

ANGELICA:
I am sailing off to London. I’m accompanied by someone
Who always pays
I have found a wealthy husband who will keep
Me in comfort for all my days
He is not a lot of fun, but there’s no one who
Can match you for turn of phrase
My Alexander

HAMILTON:
Angelica

ANGELICA:
Don’t forget to write

ELIZA:
Look at where you are
Look at where you started
The fact that you’re alive is a miracle
Just stay alive, that would be enough
And if your wife could share a fraction of your time
If I could grant you peace of mind
Would that be enough?

BURR:
Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series
of essays defending the new United States Constitution,
entitled The Federalist Papers.
The plan was to write a total of twenty-five essays,
the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end,
they wrote eighty-five essays,
in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five.
James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Hamilton wrote the other fifty-one!

BURR:
How do you write like you’re                   ALL WOMEN:
Running out of time?                              Running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re
Running out of time?                              Running out of time?

BURR AND MEN:
Ev’ry day you fight
Like you’re
Running out of time                                Running out of time?
Like you’re
Running out of time                                Running out of time?
Are you
Running out of time?                                Awwww!

FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON):
How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?
How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive?
Ev’ry second you’re alive? Ev’ry second you’re alive?

WASHINGTON:
They are asking me to lead
I am doing the best I can
To get the people that I need
I’m asking you to be my right hand man

HAMILTON:
Treasury or State?

WASHINGTON:
I know it’s a lot to ask

HAMILTON:
Treasury or State?

WASHINGTON:
To leave behind the world you know…

HAMILTON:
Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department?

WASHINGTON:
Treasury

HAMILTON:
Let’s go

ELIZA:
Alexander…

HAMILTON:
I have to leave

ELIZA:
Alexander—

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

ELIZA:
Helpless…

HAMILTON:
They are asking me to lead

ELIZA:
Look around, isn’t this enough?

ANGELICA:
He will never
be satisfied         ELIZA:
He will never       What would
be satisfied         be enough

.                        To be
.                       Satisfied                   
Satisfied             Satisfied         WASH:
Satisfied…          Satisfied…       History has      BURR:
.                                           its eyes…        Why do you
.                                           On…               assume
.                                           You!               you’re the
.                                                                smartest in                   ENSEMBLE:
.                                                                the room?                    Non-stop!
.                                                                Why do you
.                  Look around                             assume
.                  Look around!                            you’re the
.                                                                smartest in                    Non-stop!
.                                                                the room?
.                                                                Why do you  
He will never                                                assume
be satisfied                                                  you’re the
.                                                                smartest in                    Non-stop!
.                    Isn’t this                                 the room?
Satisfied          enough?                                Soon that at
.                   What would       WASH/           titude’s
.                   be enough?       MULL/             gonna be
Satisfied…                            LAUR/LAF:         your doom!
.                                         History has         Why do you
.                                           its eyes…         fight like
.                                            On…               you’re run
.                                           You…               ning out of
.                                                                  time?                          Non-stop!
ANGELICA, ELIZA, BURR:
Why do you fight like

ANGELICA, ELIZA, BURR, WASH & ENSEMBLE:
History has its eyes on you…

HAMILTON:
I am not throwin’ away my shot!

MEN:
Just you wait!

HAMILTON:
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
.                                                       FULL COMPANY:
I am Alexander Hamilton!                      Just you wait! Alexander Hamilton
.                                                       Hamilton just you wait!
HAMILTON:
I am not throwin’ away my shot!

[Thanks to Bailey for lyrics]

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