The World Was Wide Enough
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The World Was Wide Enough

📜 Lyrics

[MALE COMPANY] One two three four [FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND BURR)] Five six seven eight nine— [

] There are ten things you need to know [COMPANY] Number one! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] We rowed across the Hudson at dawn My friend, William P. Van Ness signed on as my— [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
AND COMPANY] Number two! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Hamilton arrived with his crew: Nathaniel Pendleton and a doctor that he knew [COMPANY] Number three! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] I watched Hamilton examine the terrain I wish I could tell you what was happ’ning in his brain This man has poisoned my political pursuits! [COMPANY] Most disputes die and no one shoots! Number four! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Hamilton drew first position Looking, to the world, like a man on a mission This is a soldier with a marksman’s ability The doctor turned around so he could have deniability [COMPANY] Five! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Now I didn’t know this at the time But we were— [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
AND
Philip Hamilton
Philip Hamilton
&
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Near the same spot (Near the same spot) Your son died, is that (My son died, is that) Why—(Why—) [COMPANY] Six! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] He examined his gun with such rigor? I watched as he methodically fiddled with the trigger [COMPANY] Seven! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Confession time? Here’s what I got: My fellow soldiers’ll tell you I’m a terrible shot [COMPANY] Number eight! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
/
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
/ ENSEMBLE MEN] Your last chance to negotiate Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] They won’t teach you this in your classes But look it up, Hamilton was wearing his glasses Why? If not to take deadly aim? It’s him or me, the world will never be the same I had only one thought before the slaughter: This man will not make an orphan of my daughter [COMPANY] Number nine! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Look him in the eye, aim no higher Summon all the courage you require Then count: [COMPANY] One two three four five six seven eight nine Number ten paces! Fire!— [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory Is this where it gets me, on my feet, sev’ral feet ahead of me? I see it coming, do I run or fire my gun or let it be? There is no beat, no melody Burr, my first friend, my enemy Maybe the last face I ever see If I throw away my shot, is this how you’ll remember me? What if this bullet is my legacy? Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me You let me make a difference A place where even orphan immigrants Can leave their fingerprints and rise up I’m running out of time. I’m running, and my time’s up Wise up. Eyes up I catch a glimpse of the other side Laurens leads a soldiers’ chorus on the other side My son is on the other side He’s with my mother on the other side Washington is watching from the other side Teach me how to say goodbye Rise up, rise up, rise up Eliza My love, take your time I’ll see you on the other side Raise a glass to freedom... [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
AND COMPANY] He aims his pistol at the sky— [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Wait! [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] I strike him right between his ribs I walk towards him, but I am ushered away They row him back across the Hudson I get a drink [COMPANY] Aaaah Aaaah Aaaah [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] I hear wailing in the streets [COMPANY] Aaaah Aaaah Aaaah [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Somebody tells me, “You’d better hide.” [COMPANY] Aaaah Aaaah Aaaah [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] They say [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
AND
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] Angelica and Eliza— [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] Were both at his side when he died Death doesn’t discriminate Between the sinners and the saints It takes and it takes and it takes History obliterates In every picture it paints It paints me and all my mistakes When Alexander aimed At the sky He may have been the first one to die But I’m the one who paid for it I survived, but I paid for it Now I’m the villain in your history I was too young and blind to see... I should’ve known I should’ve known The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me

📖 About

Before the duel, Hamilton lingers on the definition of a "legacy" - and if he was to make one or break one. He then approaches the dueling site to face his opponent, Burr. According to the code duello, "throwing away your shot", or to aim your shot into the sky, effectively eliminating it, gave you an element of neutrality and ensured that you did not mean to hurt your opponent. Hamilton did not intend to hurt Burr - according to his word - but instead of clearly firing his shot into the sky, he fired it close enough to Burr to let his opponent think he had simply aimed incorrectly; however, it is known that Burr did not know Hamilton intended to throw away his shot. Burr shot Hamilton in the side of his ribcage, causing internal bleeding, and hours later Hamilton passes away. Burr later learns that Hamilton did not mean to hurt him, and explains that his shot was so close to the target that it could not be judged whether Hamilton indeed had kept to his word and threw away his shot or if he had simply missed his target. After the duel, Burr laments that even though he won the duel, after all of Hamilton's accomplishments, he was condemned to being forever known as only the man who killed Alexander Hamilton.

Cast

Leslie Odom Jr.
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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