[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] 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] "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 Be a new man // Just you wait G7 In New York you can Be a new man // Just you wait Em9 In New York you can Be a new man [women] F# In 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 Em/G D/A F#7 The world will never be the same, oh [burr] Bm The ship is in the harbor now Bm9 See if you can spot him // Just you wait Bm Another immigrant Em Comin' up from the bottom // Just you wait Em/G His enemies destroyed his rep Em 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] Bm9 F# Me? I trusted him [eliza & angelica & peggy/maria] Em6 F# Me? I loved him [burr] F# And me? I'm the damn fool that shot him [company] Em/G D There's a million things I haven't done Em6 But just you wait! [burr] F#7 What's your name, man? [company] Bm Alexander Hamilton!