Fun Fact: The letters Eliza burns during this song are cursive transcripts of the real letters between Eliza and Alexander Hamilton. They are on a type of paper that burns for around two minutes and nine seconds, allowing Eliza to exit in a blackout at the end of the song. Learn more

📜 Lyrics


] I saved every letter you wrote me From the moment I read them I knew you were mine You said you were mine I thought you were mine Do you know what Angelica said When we saw your first letter arrive? She said “Be careful with that one, love He will do what it takes to survive.” You and your words flooded my senses Your sentences left me defenseless You built me palaces out of paragraphs You built cathedrals I’m re-reading the letters you wrote me I’m searching and scanning for answers In every line For some kind of sign And when you were mine The world seemed to Burn Burn You published the letters she wrote you You told the whole world how you brought This girl into our bed In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives Do you know what Angelica said When she read what you’d done? She said “You have married an Icarus He has flown too close to the sun.” You and your words, obsessed with your legacy... Your sentences border on senseless And you are paranoid in every paragraph How they perceive you You, you, you… I’m erasing myself from the narrative Let future historians wonder how Eliza Reacted when you broke her heart You have torn it all apart I am watching it Burn Watching it burn The world has no right to my heart The world has no place in our bed They don’t get to know what I said I’m burning the memories Burning the letters that might have redeemed you You forfeit all rights to my heart You forfeit the place in our bed You sleep in your office instead With only the memories Of when you were mine I hope that you burn

📖 About

Eliza is devastated when she receives news of Hamilton's affair through the publication The Reynolds Pamphlet. She sings about the affectionate love in his letters and words he had shown her for years and wonders what it means. Eliza concludes by "erasing herself from the narrative" and burning the letters from Hamilton that she saved so no one will know her feelings. It ends up being ironic because although Eliza erases herself from the narrative, she ends up telling everyone's story. Eliza mentions her anger, shock, and embarrassment, and is depressed over the affair. She talks about the children, and how they can feel affected by the affair.


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