Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)
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Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)

📜 Lyrics

[COMPANY] The battle of Yorktown. 1781 [

] Monsieur Hamilton [
Alexander Hamilton
] Monsieur Lafayette [
Marquis de Lafayette
] In command where you belong [
Alexander Hamilton
] How you say, no sweat We're finally on the field. We’ve had quite a run [
Marquis de Lafayette
] Immigrants: [
Alexander Hamilton
/
Marquis de Lafayette
] We get the job done [
Alexander Hamilton
] So what happens if we win? [
Marquis de Lafayette
] I go back to France I bring freedom to my people if I’m given the chance [
Alexander Hamilton
] We’ll be with you when you do [
Marquis de Lafayette
] Go lead your men [
Alexander Hamilton
] See you on the other side [
Marquis de Lafayette
] ‘Til we meet again, let’s go! [ENSEMBLE] I am not throwin’ away my shot! I am not throwin’ away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young Scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwin’ away my shot! I am not throwin’ away my shot! [
Alexander Hamilton
] ‘Til the world turns upside down… [ENSEMBLE] ‘Til the world turns upside down! [
Alexander Hamilton
] I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory This is where it gets me: on my feet The enemy ahead of me If this is the end of me, at least I have a friend with me Weapon in my hand, a command, and my men with me Then I remember my Eliza’s expecting me... Not only that, my Eliza’s expecting We gotta go, gotta get the job done Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son! Take the bullets out your gun! [ENSEMBLE] What? [
Alexander Hamilton
] The bullets out your gun! [ENSEMBLE] What? [
Alexander Hamilton
] We move under cover and we move as one Through the night, we have one shot to live another day We cannot let a stray gunshot give us away We will fight up close, seize the moment and stay in it It’s either that or meet the business end of a bayonet The code word is ‘Rochambeau,’ dig me? [ENSEMBLE] Rochambeau! [
Alexander Hamilton
] You have your orders now, go, man, go! And so the American experiment begins With my friends all scattered to the winds Laurens is in South Carolina, redefining brav’ry [
Alexander Hamilton
/
John Laurens
] We’ll never be free until we end slavery! [
Alexander Hamilton
] When we finally drive the British away Lafayette is there waiting— [
Alexander Hamilton
/
Marquis de Lafayette
] In Chesapeake Bay! [
Alexander Hamilton
] How did we know that this plan would work? We had a spy on the inside. That’s right [
Alexander Hamilton
/ COMPANY] Hercules Mulligan! [
Hercules Mulligan
] A tailor spyin’ on the British government! I take their measurements, information and then I smuggle it [COMPANY] Up [
Hercules Mulligan
] To my brother's revolutionary covenant I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it! See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it! Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again! [COMPANY] Left! Right! Hold! Go! What! What! What! [
Alexander Hamilton
] After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet [
Marquis de Lafayette
] We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief [
Hercules Mulligan
] And just like that, it’s over. We tend to our wounded, we count our dead [
John Laurens
] Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom [
George Washington
] Not. Yet [
Alexander Hamilton
] We negotiate the terms of surrender I see George Washington smile We escort their men out of Yorktown They stagger home single file Tens of thousands of people flood the streets There are screams and church bells ringing And as our fallen foes retreat I hear the drinking song they’re singing… [ALL MEN] The world turned upside down [FULL COMPANY] The world turned upside down The world turned upside down The world turned upside down Down Down, down, down [
Marquis de Lafayette
] Freedom for America, freedom for France! [COMPANY] Down, down, down [
Alexander Hamilton
] Gotta start a new nation Gotta meet my son [COMPANY] Down, down, down [
Hercules Mulligan
] We won! [
Marquis de Lafayette
] We won! [
Hercules Mulligan
/
Marquis de Lafayette
/LAURENS] We won! [
Hercules Mulligan
/
Marquis de Lafayette
/
John Laurens
/
Alexander Hamilton
/
George Washington
] We won! [COMPANY] The world turned upside down!

📖 About

In this song,
Siege of Yorktown
occurs, as well as all of the events during this period.

Leitmotifs

I imagine death
I imagine death
Not throwing away my shot
Not throwing away my shot
The other side
The other side

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