Lin-Manuel Miranda - Stay Alive lyrics

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Lin-Manuel Miranda - Stay Alive lyrics

[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, a**istance They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence [WASHINGTON] The cavalry's not coming [HAMILTON] But, 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 gla**! [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] Instead of me He promotes Charles Lee Makes him second-in-command: [LEE] Charles Lee. [ELIZA/ANGELICA] Stay alive... [LEE] I'm a General. Whee!!!! [HAMILTON] Yeah. He's not the choice I would have gone with [HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE] He sh**s 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