Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

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Fun Fact: The meaning of Eliza's final gasp can be interpreted as a combination of Eliza getting to heaven, Eliza seeing Alexander, and even Eliza seeing the audience and realizing her legacy. Thomas Kail explained that each conversation about what the gasp means is "very distinct" between each actor who has played Eliza, and that the gasp was not originally included int he script. Watch the interview

📜 Lyrics

[

] Let me tell you what I wish I’d known When I was young and dreamed of glory You have no control: [
George Washington
George Washington
AND COMPANY] Who lives Who dies Who tells your story? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] President Jefferson: [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
] I’ll give him this: his financial system is a Work of genius. I couldn’t undo it if I tried And I tried [
George Washington
George Washington
AND COMPANY] Who lives Who dies Who tells your story? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] President Madison: [
James Madison
James Madison
] He took our country from bankruptcy to prosperity I hate to admit it, but he doesn’t get enough credit For all the credit he gave us [
George Washington
George Washington
AND COMPANY] Who lives Who dies Who tells your story? [
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] Every other founding father's story gets told Every other founding father gets to grow old [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
] But when you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? [
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
AND MEN] Who tells your story? Who tells your story? [
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
AND WOMEN] Who tells your story? Your story? [WOMEN] Eliza [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I put myself back in the narrative [WOMEN] Eliza [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I stop wasting time on tears I live another fifty years It’s not enough [COMPANY] Eliza [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I interview every soldier who fought by your side [
Hercules Mulligan
Hercules Mulligan
/
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
/
John Laurens
John Laurens
] She tells our story [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I try to make sense of your thousands of pages of writings You really do write like you’re running out of— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I rely on— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] Angelica [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] While she’s alive— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] We tell your story [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] She is buried in Trinity Church [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND
Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] Near you [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] When I needed her most, she was right on— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] And I’m still not through I ask myself, “What would you do if you had more—” [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] The Lord, in his kindness He gives me what you always wanted He gives me more— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I raise funds in D.C. for the Washington Monument [
George Washington
George Washington
] She tells my story [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I speak out against slavery You could have done so much more if you only had— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] And when my time is up, have I done enough? [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Will they tell our story? [COMPANY] Will they tell your story? [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Oh. Can I show you what I’m proudest of? [COMPANY] The orphanage [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I established the first private orphanage in New York City [COMPANY] The orphanage [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] I help to raise hundreds of children I get to see them growing up [COMPANY] The orphanage [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] In their eyes I see you, Alexander I see you every— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] And when my time is up Have I done enough? Will they tell my story? [COMPANY] Will they tell your story? [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
] Oh, I can’t wait to see you again It’s only a matter of— [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
AND COMPANY] Time [COMPANY] Will they tell your story? Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? Will they tell your story? Who lives, who dies— [COMPANY] Time… Time… Time... [FULL COMPANY] Who tells your story?

📖 About

The company of Hamilton ends the musical by Eliza explaining the remainder of events after Alexander Hamilton's death: including her founding of the first private orphanage in New York City, and contributions in collecting funds for the Washington Monument. She helps recognize famous faces in history, such as presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. She reviews Alexander's pages of writings and cannot imagine how he writes like he is "running out of time". Eliza wonders how much more Hamilton could have accomplished if he had what he wanted most: time. The company ends the musical by directly asking the question repeatedly emphasized throughout the musical: "who lives, who dies, who tells your story?" who lives - Burr who dies - Alexander who tells your story - Eliza

Cast

Christopher Jackson
Leslie Odom Jr.
Phillipa Soo
Renée Elise Goldsberry

Leitmotifs

Never be the same
Never be the same
Part of the narrative
Part of the narrative
Running out of time
Running out of time
That would be enough
That would be enough

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