alexander hamilton lyrics

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore
And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot

In the Caribbean by providence impoverished
In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?

The ten-dollar founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder

By being a lot smarter
By being a self-starter

By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away

Across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of

The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter
Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned

Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain
Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain

And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain
Well, the word got around, they said, this kid is insane, man

Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland
Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came

And the world is gonna know your name
What’s your name, man?

Alexander Hamilton
My name is Alexander Hamilton

And there’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait, just you wait

When he was ten his father split, full of it, debt-ridden
Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden

Half-dead sittin’ in their own sick, the scent thick
And Alex got better but his mother went quick

Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide
Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside

A voice saying, “Alex, you gotta fend for yourself”
He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf

There would have been nothin’ left to do for someone less astute
He woulda been dead or destitute without a cent of restitution

Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord
Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and all the things he can’t afford

Scammin’ for every book he can get his hands on
Plannin’ for the future see him now as he stands on
The bow of a ship headed for the new land

In New York you can be a new man
In New York you can be a new man

In New York you can be a new man
In New York you can be a new man
In New York, New York

Just you wait
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

We are waiting in the wings for you
Waiting in the wings for you

You could never back down
You never learned to take your time

Oh, Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

When America sings for you
Will they know what you overcame?

Will they know you rewrote your game?
The world will never be the same, oh

The ship is in the harbor now
See if you can spot him

Another immigrant comin’ up from the bottom
His enemies destroyed his rep America forgot him

We, fought with him
Me, I died for him
Me, I trusted him
Me, I loved him

And me, I’m the damn fool that shot him
There’s a million things I haven’t done

But just you wait
What’s your name, man?
Alexander Hamilton

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