Non-Stop
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Non-Stop

📜 Lyrics

[

] After the war I went back to New York [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] A-After the war I went back to New York [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] I finished up my studies and I practiced law [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I practiced law, Burr worked next door [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Even though we started at the very same time Alexander Hamilton began to climb How to account for his rise to the top? Maaaaan, the man is [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
& ENSEMBLE] Non-stop! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Gentlemen of the jury, I’m curious, bear with me Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry? This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation The liberty behind Deliberation— [ENSEMBLE] Non-stop! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt With my assistant counsel— [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Co-counsel Hamilton, sit down Our client Levi Weeks is innocent. Call your first witness That’s all you had to say! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Okay! One more thing— [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Soon that attitude may be your doom! [ENSEMBLE] Awwww! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
with ENSEMBLE] Why do you write like you’re running out of time? Write day and night like you’re running out of time? Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re running out of time Keep on fighting. In the meantime— [ENSEMBLE] Non-stop! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Corruption’s such an old song that we can sing along in harmony And nowhere is it stronger than in Albany This colony’s economy’s increasingly stalling and [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
&
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
& ENSEMBLE] Honestly, that’s why public service Seems to be calling me He's just non-stop! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I practiced the law, I practic’ly perfected it I’ve seen injustice in the world and I’ve corrected it Now for a strong central democracy If not, then I’ll be Socrates Throwing verbal rocks at these mediocrities [ENSEMBLE] Awww! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Hamilton, at the Constitutional Convention: [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I was chosen for the Constitutional Convention! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] There as a New York junior delegate: [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
& COMPANY] Now what I’m going to say may sound indelicate… (Awwww) [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
& COMPANY] Goes and proposes his own form of government! (What?) His own plan for a new form of government! (What?) [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Talks for six hours! The convention is listless! [ENSEMBLE MAN] Bright young man… [ANOTHER ENSEMBLE MAN] Yo, who the f is this? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
with COMPANY] Why do you always say what you believe? Why do you always say what you believe? Ev’ry proclamation guarantees free ammunition for your enemies! [COMPANY] Awww! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
& MEN with ALL WOMEN] Why do you write like it’s Going out of style? Write day and night like it’s Going out of style? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
& COMPANY] Ev’ry day you fight like it’s Going out of style Do what you do [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Alexander? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Aaron Burr, sir [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] It’s the middle of the night [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Can we confer, sir? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Is this a legal matter? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Yes, and it’s important to me [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] What do you need? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Burr, you’re a better lawyer than me [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Okay [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive You’re incredible in court. You’re succinct, persuasive My client needs a strong defense. You’re the solution [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Who’s your client? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] The new U.S. Constitution? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] No [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Hear me out [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] No way! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] A series of essays, anonymously published Defending the document to the public [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] No one will read it [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I disagree [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] And if it fails? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Burr, that’s why we need it [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] The constitution’s a mess [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] So it needs amendments [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] It’s full of contradictions [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] So is independence We have to start somewhere [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] No. No way [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] You’re making a mistake [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Good night [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Hey What are you waiting for? What do you stall for? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] What? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] We won the war What was it all for? Do you support this constitution? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Of course [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Then defend it [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] And what if you’re backing the wrong horse? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Burr, we studied and we fought and we killed For the notion of a nation we now get to build For once in your life, take a stand with pride I don’t understand how you stand to the side [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
with ENSEMBLE, ENSEMBLE] I’ll keep all my plans close to my chest
Wait for it
Wait for it
, wait for it, wait... I’ll wait here and see which way the wind will blow I’m taking my time watching the afterbirth of a nation Watching the tension grow [
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] I am sailing off to London I’m accompanied by someone who always pays I have found a wealthy husband Who will keep me in comfort for all my days He is not a lot of fun, but there’s no one Who can match you for turn of phrase My Alexander [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Angelica [
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] Don’t forget to write [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Look at where you are Look at where you started The fact that you’re alive is a miracle Just stay alive, that would be enough And if your wife could share a fraction of your time If I could grant you peace of mind Would that be enough? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States Constitution, entitled
The Federalist Papers
. The plan was to write a total of twenty-five essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end, they wrote eighty-five essays, in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five. James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Hamilton wrote the other fifty-one! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
with ALL WOMEN] How do you write like you’re running out of time? Write day and night like you’re running out of time? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
AND MEN with ALL WOMEN, ALL WOMEN] Ev’ry day you fight like you’re running out of time Like you’re running out of time Are you running out of time? Awwww! [FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON)] How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive? How do you write like you need it to survive? How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive? Ev’ry second you’re alive? Ev’ry second you’re alive? [
George Washington
George Washington
] They are asking me to lead I am doing the best I can To get the people that I need I’m asking you to be my right hand man [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Treasury or State? [
George Washington
George Washington
] I know it’s a lot to ask [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Treasury or State? [
George Washington
George Washington
] To leave behind the world you know… [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department? [
George Washington
George Washington
] Treasury [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Let’s go [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Alexander… [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I have to leave [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Alexander— [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Helpless… [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] They are asking me to lead [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Look around, isn’t this enough? [
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
&
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] He will never be satisfied What would be enough? He will never be satisfied (to be satisfied) Satisfied, satisfied [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
,
George Washington
George Washington
, ENSEMBLE,
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] History has its eyes Look around, look around! Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? On you Isn't this enough? Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? (Non-stop) What would be enough? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
,
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
, ENSEMBLE] He will never be satisfied Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? (Non-stop) Satisfied, satisfied [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
,
George Washington
George Washington
,
Hercules Mulligan
Hercules Mulligan
,
John Laurens
John Laurens
&
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
, ENSEMBLE] History has its eyes Soon that attitude's gonna be your doom! (Non-stop) On you Why do you fight like you're running out of time? (Non-stop) [
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
,
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
&
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Why do you fight like [COMPANY] History has its eyes on you [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
& MEN] I am not throwin’ away my shot! (Just you wait!) [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
& FULL COMPANY] I am not throwin’ away my shot! (Just you wait!) [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
with FULL COMPANY] I am Alexander Hamilton! [FULL COMPANY] Hamilton, just you wait! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I am not throwin' away my shot!

📖 About

After Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton finish their studies in New York, Burr and Hamilton defend Levi Weeks and Burr questions Hamilton's need to justify his intelligence. Hamilton is later invited as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and drafts the U.S. Constitution. Knowing Aaron Burr is a strong and effective lawyer, Hamilton attempts to convince Burr to author The Federalist Papers in defense of his Constitution; though, after Burr's steadfast decline, turns instead to James Madison and John Jay to write the defense papers. Angelica returns saying she is moving to London where she will live with her husband and urges Hamilton to write to her. Ultimately, Eliza pleads for Hamilton to stay with her but Angelica and Eliza agree that he can never be satisfied and the company erupts in chaos; Aaron Burr wonders how he is able to fight and write on knowing his enemies will use it against him. Though Washington, John Laurens, Marquis de Lafayette and Hercules Mulligan remind Hamilton that history has its eyes on him, he refuses to stop and continues his work.

Cast

Christopher Jackson
Leslie Odom Jr.
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Phillipa Soo
Renée Elise Goldsberry

Leitmotifs

Helpless
Helpless
History has its eyes on you
History has its eyes on you
Just you wait
Just you wait
Look around
Look around
Not throwing away my shot
Not throwing away my shot
Right-hand man
Right-hand man
Running out of time
Running out of time
That would be enough
That would be enough
Wait for it
Wait for it
You will never be satisfied
You will never be satisfied

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