Right Hand Man
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Right Hand Man

📜 Lyrics

[COMPANY] British Admiral Howe’s got troops on the water Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor [ENSEMBLE 1 & ENSEMBLE 2] Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor When they surround our troops! They surround our troops! They surround our troops! They surround our troops! When they surround our troops! [

] As a kid in the Caribbean I wished for a war I knew that I was poor I knew it was the only way to— [
Alexander Hamilton
/
Aaron Burr
/
Hercules Mulligan
/
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
] Rise up! [
Alexander Hamilton
] If they tell my story I am either gonna die on the battlefield in glory or— [
Alexander Hamilton
/
Aaron Burr
/
Hercules Mulligan
/
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
] Rise up! [
Alexander Hamilton
] I will fight for this land But there’s only one man Who can give us a command so we can— [
Alexander Hamilton
/
Aaron Burr
/
Hercules Mulligan
/
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
] Rise up! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Understand? It’s the only way to— [
Alexander Hamilton
/
Aaron Burr
/
Hercules Mulligan
/
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
] Rise up! Rise up! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Here he comes! [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Aaron Burr
] Ladies and gentlemen! [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Aaron Burr
] The moment you’ve been waiting for! [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Aaron Burr
] The pride of Mount Vernon! [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Aaron Burr
] George Washington! [
George Washington
& ENSEMBLE] We are outgunned (What?) Outmanned (What?) Outnumbered Outplanned (Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!) We gotta make an all out stand Ayo, I’m gonna need a right-hand man (Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!) [
George Washington
] Check it— Can I be real a second? For just a millisecond? Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second? Now I’m the model of a modern major general The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all Lining up, to put me up on a pedestal Writin’ letters to relatives Embellishin’ my elegance and eloquence But the elephant is in the room The truth is in ya face when ya hear the British cannons go… [ENSEMBLE] Boom! [
George Washington
] Any hope of success is fleeting How can I keep leading when the people I’m Leading keep retreating? We put a stop to the bleeding as the British take Brooklyn Knight takes rook, but look [
George Washington
& ENSEMBLE] We are outgunned (What?) Outmanned (What?) Outnumbered Outplanned (Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!) We gotta make an all out stand Ayo, I’m gonna need a right-hand man (Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!) Incoming! [
Alexander Hamilton
] They’re battering down the Battery check the damages [
Hercules Mulligan
] Rah! [
Alexander Hamilton
] We gotta stop ‘em and rob ‘em of their advantages [
Hercules Mulligan
] Rah! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Let’s take a stand with the stamina God has granted us Hamilton won’t abandon ship Yo, let’s steal their cannons— [
Hercules Mulligan
& COMPANY] Shh-boom! (Boom!) [
George Washington
] Goes the cannon, watch the blood and the shit spray and… [COMPANY] Boom! [
George Washington
] Goes the cannon, we’re abandonin’ Kips Bay and… [COMPANY] Boom! [
George Washington
] There’s another ship and… [COMPANY] Boom! [
George Washington
] We just lost the southern tip and… [COMPANY] Boom! [
George Washington
] We gotta run to Harlem quick, we can’t afford another slip Guns and horses giddyup I decide to divvy up My forces, they’re skittish as the British cut the city up This close to giving up, facing mad scrutiny I scream in the face of this mass mutiny: Are these the men with which I am to defend America? We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance I cannot be everywhere at once, people I’m in dire need of assistance… [
Aaron Burr
] Your excellency, sir! [
George Washington
] Who are you? [
Aaron Burr
] Aaron Burr, Sir? Permission to state my case? [
George Washington
] As you were [
Aaron Burr
] Sir I was a captain under General Montgomery Until he caught a bullet in the neck in Quebec And well, in summary I think that I could be of some assistance I admire how you keep firing on the British From a distance [
George Washington
] Huh [
Aaron Burr
] I have some questions, a couple of suggestions on how to fight instead of fleeing west [
George Washington
] Yes? [
Aaron Burr
] Well— [
Alexander Hamilton
] Your excellency, you wanted to see me? [
George Washington
] Hamilton, come in, have you met Burr? [
Alexander Hamilton
] Yes, sir [
Alexander Hamilton
&
Aaron Burr
] We keep meeting [
Aaron Burr
] As I was saying, sir, I look forward to seeing your strategy play out [
George Washington
] Burr? [
Aaron Burr
] Sir? [
George Washington
] Close the door on your way out (Burr exits.) [
Alexander Hamilton
] Have I done something wrong, sir? [
George Washington
] On the contrary I called you here because our odds are beyond scary Your reputation precedes you, but I have to laugh [
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir? [
George Washington
] Hamilton, how come no one can get you on their staff? [
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir! [
George Washington
] Don’t get me wrong, you’re a young man of great renown I know you stole British cannons when we were still downtown
Nathaniel Greene
and
Henry Knox
wanted to hire you… [
Alexander Hamilton
] To be their Secretary? I don’t think so [
George Washington
] Why’re you upset? [
Alexander Hamilton
] I’m not— [
George Washington
] It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger I was just like you when I was younger Head full of fantasies of dyin’ like a martyr? [
Alexander Hamilton
] Yes [
George Washington
] Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder [
Alexander Hamilton
] Why are you telling me this? [
George Washington
] I’m being honest I’m working with a third of what our Congress has promised We are a powder keg about to explode I need someone like you to lighten the load. So? [COMPANY EXCEPT HAMILTON] I am not throwin’ away my shot! I am not throwin’ away my shot! Ayo, I’m just like my country, I’m young Scrappy and hungry! [
Alexander Hamilton
] I am not throwing away my shot! [
George Washington
] Son [
George Washington
& COMPANY] We are outgunned, outmanned! [
Alexander Hamilton
] You need all the help you can get I have some friends. Laurens, Mulligan Marquis de Lafayette, okay, what else? [
George Washington
& COMPANY] Outnumbered, outplanned! [
Alexander Hamilton
] We’ll need some spies on the inside Some King’s men who might let some things slide [
Alexander Hamilton
, COMPANY &
Eliza Schuyler
/
Angelica Schuyler
/
Peggy Schuyler
/WOMEN] Boom! Whoa, whoa, whoa I’ll write to Congress and tell ‘em we need supplies, you rally the guys, Master the element of surprise Chicka-boom! Whoa, whoa, whoa... I'll rise above my station, organize your information Whoa, whoa, whoa... 'Til we rise to the occasion of our new nation. Sir! [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Rise up! [
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
/
Hercules Mulligan
] What? [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Alexander Hamilton
/SCHUYLER SISTERS/WOMEN] Rise up! [
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
/
Hercules Mulligan
] What? [ENSEMBLE] Here comes the General! [
Alexander Hamilton
/ SCHUYLER SISTERS] Rise up! [
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
/
Hercules Mulligan
] What? [COMPANY] Here comes the General! [
Alexander Hamilton
] What? [
George Washington
] And his right hand man! [COMPANY] Boom!

📖 About

In this song, the company, along with Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, contemplate their difficulties in their war against the British; George Washington accepts Hamilton as his right hand man to lighten his workload.

Cast

Christopher Jackson
Leslie Odom Jr.
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Leitmotifs

Not throwing away my shot
Not throwing away my shot
Right-hand man
Right-hand man
Rise up
Rise up
Soldier's chorus
Soldier's chorus

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