Song Lyric Sunday – Burn from Hamilton

This one was hard for me.  I thought of three songs right off, but then it was tough to choose which one to post.  I suppose I could post multiple songs, but I think it would detract from the message in each, so I really wanted to just focus on one.  I asked my family for help, but it became even more difficult when my daughter picked one but my fiance picked another one.

I’ve decided to go with the one my daughter picked (sorry baby).

There are so many reasons I’m picking this song.  First of all, in case you didn’t know it by now, I’m in love with the musical, Hamilton.  Second, this song says everything you would want to say if you were betrayed by someone you love.  It’s specific to cheating, but I’ve felt this way when relationships ended.  I wondered if everything he said was a lie and I couldn’t make sense of where we were when it ended compared to where we were when we were happy and in love.

Some of my favorite lines, that just break my heart when I hear them: “Your sentences left me defenseless, you built me palaces out of paragraphs,” “You forfeit all rights to my heart, you forfeit the place in our bed.”  And when she sings, “You, you, you” as if she is pointing her finger at him, heart broken and at a loss for words.  This song is so powerful on so many levels.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Burn from the musical Hamilton
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics found at Genius

I saved every letter you wrote me
From the moment I read them
I knew you were mine
You said you were mine
I thought you were mine

Do you know what Angelica said
When we saw your first letter arrive?
She said

“Be careful with that one, love
He will do what it takes to survive.”

You and your words flooded my senses
Your sentences left me defenseless
You built me palaces out of paragraphs
You built cathedrals
I’m re-reading the letters you wrote me
I’m searching and scanning for answers
In every line
For some kind of sign
And when you were mine
The world seemed to

Burn
Burn

You published the letters she wrote you
You told the whole world how you brought
This girl into our bed
In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives
Do you know what Angelica said
When she read what you’d done?
She said
“You have married an Icarus
He has flown too close to the sun.”

You and your words, obsessed with your legacy…
Your sentences border on senseless
And you are paranoid in every paragraph
How they perceive you

You, you, you…

I’m erasing myself from the narrative
Let future historians wonder how Eliza
Reacted when you broke her heart
You have torn it all apart
I am watching it
Burn
Watching it burn
The world has no right to my heart
The world has no place in our bed
They don’t get to know what I said
I’m burning the memories
Burning the letters that might have redeemed you
You forfeit all rights to my heart
You forfeit the place in our bed
You sleep in your office instead
With only the memories
Of when you were mine
I hope that you burn


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to explore anger.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Burn from Hamilton

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