Hamilton - Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda) (BURR) Bm How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a F# Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a G Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence D Impoverished, in squalor Bbdim Grow up to be a hero and a scholar? (LAURENS) Bm The ten-dollar founding father without a father F# Got a lot farther by working a lot harder G By being a lot smarter By being a self-starter D Bbdim By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter (JEFFERSON) Bm And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted F# Away across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up G Inside he was longing for something to be a part of D Bbdim The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter (MADISON) Bm Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned F# Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain G Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain D F#sus4 F# And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain (BURR) Bm Well the word got around, they said, "This kid is insane, man" F# Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland G "Get your education, don't forget from whence you came D Bbdim and the world is gonna know your name. What's your name, man?" (HAMILTON) Bm Alexander Hamilton F# My name is Alexander Hamilton G And there's a million things I haven't done D F# But just you wait, just you wait... (ELIZA) Bm When he was ten his father split, full of it, debt-ridden F# G Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden half-dead Sittin' in their own sick, the scent thick (COMPANY) N/A And Alex got better but his mother went quick (WASHINGTON) Bm Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide F# Left him with nothin' but ruined pride, something new inside G A voice saying (WASHINGTON) // (COMPANY) "You gotta fend for yourself" // "Alex, you gotta fend for yourself" (WASHINGTON) D Bbdim He started retreatin' and readin' every treatise on the shelf (BURR) Bm There would have been nothing left to do For someone less astute, he woulda been F# Dead or destitute without a sense of restitution G Started workin', clerkin' for his late mother's landlord D Bbdim Tradin' sugar cane and rum and all the things he can't afford Bm Scammin' for every book he can get his hands on F# Plannin' for the future see him now as he stands on G The bow of a ship headed for a new land D Bbdim In New York you can be a new man (COMPANY) Bm In New York you can // (HAMILTON) Be a new man // Just you wait Bdim In New York you can // (HAMILTON) Be a new man // Just you wait Bm/F# In New York you can Be a new man (WOMEN) F# In New York-- (MEN) New York (HAMILTON) Just you wait! (COMPANY) Bm Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton) G7 We are waiting in the wings for you (waiting in the wings for you) Em You could never back down F# You never learned to take your time Bm Oh, Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton) G7 When America sings for you Em Will they know what you overcame? D Em Will they know you rewrote the game? Bm G D F#7 The world will never be the same, oh (BURR) Bm The ship is in the harbor now // (COMPANY) Bm/D See if you can spot him // Just you wait D Another immigrant Em Comin' up from the bottom // Just you wait Em * His enemies destroyed his rep America forgot him (MULLIGAN/MADISON & LAFAYETTE/JEFFERSON) F#sus4 F# We fought with him (LAURENS/PHILLIP) F#sus4 F# Me? I died for him (WASHINGTON) Esus2 Bsus/E Me? I trusted him (ELIZA & ANGELICA & PEGGY/MARIA) Em Em9 Me? I loved him (BURR) Bm/F# And me? I'm the damn fool that shot him (COMPANY) Em D There's a million things I haven't done F#sus4 But just you wait! (BURR) What's your name, man? (COMPANY) Bm Alexander Hamilton! Bm *as far as I can tell, the bassline in this part moves up Em like this: E F# G A B C# D E all the way through "america forgot him"