[HAMILTON] After the war I went back to New York [BURR] A-After the war I went back to New York 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 [BURR & ENSEMBLE] 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 The liberty behind Deliberation— [ENSEMBLE] Non-stop! [HAMILTON] I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt With my a**istant 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 a**ume you're the smartest in the room? Why do you a**ume you're the smartest in the room? Why do you a**ume 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 Ev'ry day you fight, like you're running out of time? you're running out of time? Keep on fighting. In the meantime— Non-stop! [BURR] I'll keep all my cards Close to my chest I'll wait here and see Which way the wind Will blow [BURR & ENSEMBLE] I'm taking my time Watching the Afterbirth of a nation Watching the tension grow And Hamilton is 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] [BURR & ENSEMBLE] Honestly, that's why public service He's just Seems to be calling me 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 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 proposeshis own form of government! What? His own plan for a new form of government! 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 [COMPANY] you believe? Hey! Why do you always say what you believe? Ev'ry conversation guarantees free ammunition Hey! for your enemies! Awwww! [BURR & MEN] Why do you writelike it's [ALL WOMEN] Going out of style, hey? Going out of style, hey! Why do you writelike it's Going out of style? Going out of style, hey! [BURR & 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 day [BURR] I'll keep all my plans [ENSEMBLE] Close to my chest 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 can 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. 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? Ev'ry day you fight like you're Running out of time like you're Running out of time Like you're running out of time Running out of time Are you running out of time? [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 go [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] Will he ever [ELIZA] be satisfied What would be enough Will he ever To be satisfied Be satisfied? [WASH] Satisfied Satisfied History Satisfied... Satisfied... has its [BURR] eyes... Why do you a**ume you're the On... smartest in the Look room? Why do you around a**ume you're the Look smartest in the around! room? Why do you Will he ever Isn't this [WASH/ a**ume you're the be satisfied enough? MULL/LA smartest in the What would UR/LAF] room? Satisfied... be enough? History Soon that has its attitude's gonna be Satisfied eyes... your doom! On... Why do you fight You... like you're running out of time? Why do you fight Why do you fight Why do you fight like like like [COMPANY] History has its eyes on you [HAMILTON] I am not throwin' away my shot! [MEN] Just you wait! I am not throwin' away my shot! [FULL COMPANY] Just you wait! I am Alexander Hamilton! Alexander Hamilton Hamilton, just you wait! I am not throwin' away my shot!