One Last Time
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One Last Time

📜 Lyrics

[

] Mr. President, you asked to see me? [
George Washington
] I know you’re busy [
Alexander Hamilton
] What do you need, sir? Sir? [
George Washington
] I wanna give you a word of warning [
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir, I don’t know what you heard But whatever it is, Jefferson started it [
George Washington
] Thomas Jefferson resigned this morning [
Alexander Hamilton
] You’re kidding [
George Washington
] I need a favor [
Alexander Hamilton
] Whatever you say, sir, Jefferson will pay for his behavior [
George Washington
] Shh. Talk less [
Alexander Hamilton
] I’ll use the press I’ll write under a pseudonym, you’ll see what I can do to him— [
George Washington
] I need you to draft an address [
Alexander Hamilton
] Yes! He resigned. You can finally speak your mind— [
George Washington
] No, he’s stepping down so he can run for President [
Alexander Hamilton
] Ha. Good luck defeating you, sir [
George Washington
] I’m stepping down. I’m not running for President [
Alexander Hamilton
] I’m sorry, what? [
George Washington
] One last time Relax, have a drink with me One last time Let’s take a break tonight And then we’ll teach them how to say goodbye To say goodbye You and I [
Alexander Hamilton
] No, sir, why? [
George Washington
] I wanna talk about neutrality [
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir, with Britain and France on the verge of war, is this the best time— [
George Washington
] I want to warn against partisan fighting [
Alexander Hamilton
] But— [
George Washington
] Pick up a pen, start writing I wanna talk about what I have learned The hard-won wisdom I have earned [
Alexander Hamilton
] As far as the people are concerned You have to serve, you could continue to serve— [
George Washington
] No! One last time The people will hear from me One last time And if we get this right We’re gonna teach ‘em how to say Goodbye You and I— [
Alexander Hamilton
] Mr. President, they will say you’re weak [
George Washington
] No, they will see we’re strong [
Alexander Hamilton
] Your position is so unique [
George Washington
] So I’ll use it to move them along [
Alexander Hamilton
] Why do you have to say goodbye? [
George Washington
] If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on It outlives me when I’m gone Like the scripture says: “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid.” They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve made I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree A moment alone in the shade At home in this nation we’ve made One last time [
Alexander Hamilton
] One last time [
Alexander Hamilton
] Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. I shall also carry with me [
Alexander Hamilton
&
George Washington
] The hope (The hope) That my country will View them with indulgence; (View them with indulgence) And that After forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal (After forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal) The faults of incompetent abilities will be Consigned to oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest (Consigned to oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest) I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I (I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I) Promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking (Promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking) In the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws (In the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws) Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust (Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust) Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers (Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers) [
George Washington
] One last time [ALL WOMEN] George Washington’s going home! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Teach ‘em how to say goodbye [COMPANY] George Washington’s going home [
George Washington
] You and I [COMPANY] George Washington’s going home [
George Washington
] Going home [COMPANY] George Washington’s going home [
George Washington
] History has its eyes on you [COMPANY] George Washington’s going home [
George Washington
& COMPANY] We’re gonna teach ‘em how to Say goodbye! (Teach ‘em how to say goodbye!) Teach ‘em how to (Teach ‘em how!) Say goodbye! (Say goodbye!) To say goodbye! (Say goodbye!) Say goodbye! One last time! (One last time!)

📖 About

George Washington privately informs Alexander Hamilton that he is stepping down from office and that Thomas Jefferson resigned so he could run for presidency. Hamilton is shocked, but Washington convinces him it is the right thing to do for them, as well as the nation. Together, Washington urges Hamilton to relax and have a drink with him for the last time so that he can finally "sit under my own vine and fig tree" and look back on what he has created, while they write his Farewell Address together.

Cast

Christopher Jackson
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Leitmotifs

History has its eyes on you
History has its eyes on you
Talk less, smile more
Talk less, smile more

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