Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i, Opetaia Foa'i, Lin-Manuel Miranda We Know The Way cover

We Know The Way
by , Opetaia Foa'i, Opetaia Foa'i & Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Song Meaning
Verse 1
Mister Vice President
Mister Madison
Senator Burr
What is this?
Verse 2
We have the check stubs, from separate accounts
Almost a thousand dollars, paid in different amounts
Verse 3
To a Mister James Reynolds way back in
Seventeen ninety-one
Verse 4
Is that what you have, are you done?
You are uniquely situated by virtue of your position
Verse 5
Though 'virtue' is not a word I'd apply to this situation
To seek financial gain, to stray from your sacred mission
Verse 6
And the evidence suggests you've engaged in speculation
An immigrant embezzling our government funds
Verse 7
I can almost see the headline, your career is done
I hope you saved some money for your daughter and sons
Verse 8
Ya best g'wan run back where ya come from
Verse 9
Ha you don't even know what you're asking me to confess
Verse 10
Verse 11
You have nothing, I don't have to tell you anything at all
Verse 12
Verse 13
If I can prove that I never broke the law
Do you promise not to tell another soul what you saw?
Verse 14
No one else was in the room where it happened
Verse 15
Is that a yes?
Verse 16
Um, yes
Verse 17
Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health
And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth
In the pockets of people like me, down on their luck
You see, that was my wife who you decided to
Verse 18
Verse 19
She courted me
Escorted me to bed and when she had me in a corner
That's when Reynolds extorted me
For a sordid fee
I paid him quarterly
I may have mortally wounded my prospects
But my papers are orderly
As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered history
Check it again against your list n' see consistency
I never spent a cent that wasn't mine
You sent the dogs after my scent, that's fine
Yes, I have reasons for shame
But I have not committed treason and sullied my good name
As you can see I have done nothing to provoke legal action
Are my answers to your satisfaction?
Verse 20
My God
Gentlemen, let's go
Verse 21
The people won't know what we know
Verse 22
How do I know you won't use this against me
The next time we go toe to toe?
Verse 23
Alexander, rumors only grow
And we both know what we know

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