Ten Things One Thing Lyrics – Lin-manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. & Cast Of Hamilton

[MALE COMPANY:]
One two three four

[FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON & BURR):]
Five six seven eight nine..

[BURR:]
There are ten things you need to know

[COMPANY:]
Number one!

[BURR:]
We rode across the Hudson at dawn
My friend, William P. Van Ness signed on as my..

[COMPANY:]
Number two!

[BURR:]
Hamilton arrived with his crew
Nathaniel Pendleton and a doctor that he knew

[COMPANY:]
Number three!

[BURR:]
I watched Hamilton examine the terrain
I wish I could tell you what was happ’ning in his brain
Just apologize, we have worthier pursuits!

[COMPANY:]
Most disputes die and no one shoots!
Number four!

[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!

[BURR:]
Now, I didn’t know this at the time
But we were..

In the same spot
Your son died, is that why

[HAMILTON:]
In the same spot
My son died, is that why

[COMPANY:]
Six!

[BURR:]
He examined his gun with such rigor?
I watched as he methodically fiddled with the trigger

[COMPANY:]
Seven!

[BURR:]
Confession time? Here’s what I got:
My fellow soldiers’ll tell you I’m a terrible shot

[COMPANY:]
Number eight!

[BURR/HAMILTON/ENSEMBLE MEN:]
Your last chance to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight

[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?
That’s when I realized this was not a game
I had only one thought before the slaughter:
This man will not make an orphan of my daughter

[COMPANY:]
Number nine!

[BURR:]
Look him in the eyes, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count:

[COMPANY:]
One two three four five six seven eight nine

[BURR AND COMPANY:]
He aims his pistol at the sky..

[BURR:]
Wait!

[COMPANY:]
Nine eight seven six five

[MALE COMPANY:]
Four three two..

[HAMILTON:]
One last thought

[COMPANY:]
Number one!

[HAMILTON:]
Before we got in the boat to cross the Hudson
I stopped to write a note
Actually I wrote..

[HAMILTON AND COMPANY:]
Two!

[HAMILTON:]
Just in case I didn’t make it through
I want the world to know what I intended to do

[COMPANY:]
Number three!

[HAMILTON:]
If I shoot first, and throw it away
He has to yield, we both get to live another day
I know this puts me in a difficult spot
But I’ve got to throw away my shot

[COMPANY:]
Number four!

[HAMILTON:]
I get lucky, I draw first position
I stand facing east as I load my ammunition
The sun is in my eyes, I am almost giddy
As I watch it slowly rise over my New York City

[COMPANY:]
Five!

[HAMILTON:]
I start to shake when I realize
That we are..

In the same spot
My son died, is that why

[BURR:]
In the same spot
Your son died, is that why

[COMPANY:]
Six!

[HAMILTON:]
I examine the gun that we shared?
Philip never hurt a soul, he must’ve been so scared

[COMPANY:]
Seven!

[HAMILTON:]
My Eliza is still asleep
I left her a letter, I could’ve written it better

[COMPANY:]
Number eight!

[BURR/HAMILTON/ENSEMBLE MEN:]
Your last chance to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight

[HAMILTON:]
I put on my glasses, so I can see if Burr is softening
I see him glaring back at me
He’s always hated dueling, hated confrontation
I never had his instinct for self-preservation
I feel a sense of calm fill me
It’s not in his political interest to kill me

[COMPANY:]
Nine!

[HAMILTON:]
My last thought is of Eliza
Maybe I can get back home before she opens her eyes
They put us through our paces, we count to ten
God, I can’t wait to see her again

[COMPANY:]
One two three four five six seven eight nine

[BURR AND COMPANY:]
He aims his pistol at the sky..

[BURR:]
Wait!

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