Stay Alive Lyrics

Broadway musical (2015)
Hamilton the Musical - Stay Alive Lyrics

"Stay Alive" is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Washington), Charles Lee, Anthony Ramos (Laurens).

ELIZA:
Stay alive…

ELIZA/ANGELICA/ENSEMBLE WOMEN:
Stay alive…

HAMILTON:
I have never seen the General so despondent
I have taken over writing all his correspondence
Congress writes, “George, attack the British forces.”
I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses
Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance
They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence

WASHINGTON:
The cavalry’s not coming

HAMILTON:
Sir!

WASHINGTON:
Alex, listen. There’s only one way for us to win this
Provoke outrage, outright

HAMILTON:
That’s right

WASHINGTON:
Don’t engage, strike by night
Remain relentless ‘til their troops take flight

HAMILTON:
Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight

WASHINGTON:
Outrun

HAMILTON:
Outrun

WASHINGTON:
Outlast

HAMILTON:
Outlast

WASHINGTON:
Hit ‘em quick, get out fast

HAMILTON:
Chick-a-plao!

WASHINGTON:
Stay alive ‘til this horror show is past
We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast

HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE:
Raise a glass!

MULLIGAN:
I go back to New York and my apprenticeship

LAFAYETTE:
I ask for French aid, I pray that France has sent a ship

LAURENS:
I stay at work with Hamilton
We write essays against slavery
And every day’s a test of our camaraderie
And bravery

HAMILTON:
We cut supply lines, we steal contraband
We pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand
And ev’ry day
“Sir, entrust me with a command,”
And ev’ry day

WASHINGTON:
No

HAMILTON:
He dismisses me out of hand

HAMILTON:                                                           ELIZA/ANGELICA:
Instead of me                                                        Stay alive...
He promotes                                                         LEE:
Charles Lee                                                           Charles Lee.
Makes him second-in-command:      

LEE:
I’m a General. Whee!!!!

HAMILTON:
Yeah. He’s not the choice I would have gone with

HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE:
He shits the bed at the Battle of Monmouth

WASHINGTON:
Ev’ryone attack!

LEE:
Retreat!

WASHINGTON:
Attack!

LEE:
Retreat!

WASHINGTON:
What are you doing, Lee? Get back on your feet!

LEE:
But there’s so many of them!

WASHINGTON:
I’m sorry, is this not your speed?!
Hamilton!

HAMILTON:
Ready, sir!

WASHINGTON:
Have Lafayette take the lead!

HAMILTON:
Yes, sir!

LAURENS:
A thousand soldiers die in a hundred degree heat

LAFAYETTE:
As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat

HAMILTON:
Charles Lee was left behind
Without a pot to piss in
He started sayin’ this to anybody who would listen:

LEE:
Washington cannot be left alone to his devices
Indecisive, from crisis to crisis
The best thing he can do for the revolution
Is turn n’ go back to plantin’ tobacco in Mount Vernon

COMPANY:
Oo!!

WASHINGTON:
Don’t do a thing. History will prove him wrong

HAMILTON:
But, sir!

WASHINGTON:
We have a war to fight, let’s move along

LAURENS:
Strong words from Lee, someone oughta hold him to it

HAMILTON:
I can’t disobey direct orders

LAURENS:
Then I’ll do it
Alexander, you’re the closest friend I’ve got

HAMILTON:
Laurens, do not throw away your shot

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