Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton Non-Stop cover

Non-Stop
by Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
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Verse 1
After the war I went back to New York
Verse 2
A-After the war I went back to New York
Verse 3
I finished up my studies and I practiced law
Verse 4
I practiced law, Burr worked next door
Verse 5
Even though we started at the very same time
Alexander Hamilton began to climb
How to account for his rise to the top?
Man, the man is
Non-stop
Verse 6
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
Verse 7
The liberty behind
Deliberation (Non-stop)
Verse 8
I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt
With my assistant counsel
Verse 9
Co-counsel
Hamilton, sit down
Our client Levi Weeks is innocent
Call your first witness
That's all you had to say
Verse 10
Okay
One more thing
Verse 11
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 (aww)
Verse 12
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
Verse 13
Keep on fighting
In the meantime
Non-stop
Verse 14
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
Honestly, that's why public service
Seems to be calling me (he's just non-stop)
Verse 15
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
Verse 16
Throwing verbal rocks
At these mediocrities (aww)
Verse 17
Hamilton, at the constitutional convention
Verse 18
I was chosen for the constitutional convention
Verse 19
There as a New York junior delegate
Verse 20
Now what I'm going to say may sound indelicate (aww)
Verse 21
Goes and proposes his own form of government (what?)
Verse 22
His own plan for a new form of government (what?)
Talks for six hours
The convention is listless
Verse 23
Bright young man
Verse 24
Yo, who the f is this?
Verse 25
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
Verse 26
Why do you write like it's
Going out of style?
Write day and night like it's
Going out of style?
Verse 27
Ev'ry day you fight like it's
Going out of style
Do what you do
Verse 28
Alexander?
Verse 29
Aaron Burr, sir
Verse 30
It's the middle of the night
Verse 31
Can we confer, sir?
Verse 32
Is this a legal matter?
Verse 33
Yes, and it's important to me
Verse 34
What do you need?
Verse 35
Burr, you're a better lawyer than me
Verse 36
Okay
Verse 37
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
Verse 38
Who's your client?
Verse 39
The new U.S. Constitution?
Verse 40
No
Verse 41
Hear me out
Verse 42
No way
Verse 43
A series of essays, anonymously published
Defending the document to the public
No one will read it
Verse 44
I disagree
Verse 45
And if it fails?
Verse 46
Burr, that's why we need it
Verse 47
The constitution's a mess
Verse 48
So it needs amendments
Verse 49
It's full of contradictions
Verse 50
So is independence
We have to start somewhere
Verse 51
No
No way
Verse 52
You're making a mistake
Verse 53
Good night
Verse 54
Hey
What are you waiting for?
What do you stall for? (what?)
Verse 55
We won the war
What was it all for?
Do you support this constitution?
Verse 56
Of course
Verse 57
Then defend it
Verse 58
And what if you're backing the wrong horse?
Verse 59
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
Verse 60
I'll keep all my plans
Close to my chest (wait for it, wait for it, wait)
Verse 61
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
Verse 62
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
Verse 63
Angelica
Verse 64
Don't forget to write
Verse 65
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?
Verse 66
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
Verse 67
How do you write like you're
Running out of time?
Write day and night like you're
Running out of time?
Verse 68
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?
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?
Verse 69
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
Verse 70
Treasury or State?
Verse 71
I know it's a lot to ask
Verse 72
Treasury or State?
Verse 73
To leave behind the world you know
Verse 74
Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department?
Verse 75
Treasury
Verse 76
Let's go
Verse 77
Alexander
Verse 78
I have to leave
Verse 79
Alexander
Verse 80
Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now
Verse 81
Helpless
Verse 82
They are asking me to lead
Verse 83
Look around, isn't this enough?
Verse 84
He will never be satisfied
He will never be satisfied
Satisfied
Satisfied
He will never be satisfied
Satisfied
Satisfied
History has its eyes on you
I am not throwin' away my shot
I am not throwin' away my shot
I am
Alexander Hamilton
I am not throwin' away my shot

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