Song Lyric Sunday – One Last Time from Hamilton

The only thing I could think of when presented with the theme for this week was a song from my current musical obsession, Hamilton.  I’ve always been rather meh about history, but when I first heard Hamilton, I remember wondering how historically accurate it actually is.

I do know that Lin-Manuel Miranda read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and that became his inspiration for the musical.  I also did some more rather scant research and found that Alexander Hamilton finalized George Washington’s final address to the public when he decided to step down as President.

The thing that I love about how they did it in the musical, was that Hamilton sings the words first, and then Washington comes in and sings with him.  I thought it was profound that the writer sang the words first, but the full impact comes from the President, himself when he comes in to sing the words with Hamilton.

I’ve found myself wanting to know more about Hamilton and history in general; which, I’m sure, will come as a surprise to my sister, who is an actual historian.  Perhaps it is all about the actual story for me; whereas, for my sister, it is history in general.  Whatever it is, I am in love with this musical and will be forever highlight it on my blog.

I do hope you enjoy!

One Last Time from Hamilton
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics found at Googly Play Music

Mister President, you asked to see me

I know you’re busy

What do you need, sir

Sir
I wanna give you a word of warning

Sir, I don’t know what you heard
But whatever it is, Jefferson started it

Thomas Jefferson resigned this morning

You’re kidding

I need a favor

Whatever you say, sir, Jefferson will pay for this behavior

Shh, talk less

I’ll use the press
I’ll write under a pseudonym, you’ll see what I can do to him

I need you to draft an address

Yes, he resigned, you can finally speak your mind

No, he’s stepping down so he can run for President

Ha, good luck defeating you, sir

I’m stepping down, I’m not running for President

I’m sorry, what

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

No, sir, why

I wanna talk about neutrality

Sir, with Britain and France on the verge of war, is this the best time

I want to warn against partisan fighting

But

Pick up a pen, start writing
I wanna talk about what I have learned
The hard won wisdom I have earned

As far as the people are concerned
You have to serve, you could continue to serve

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

Mister President, they will say you’re weak

No, they will see we’re strong

Your position is so unique

So I’ll use it to move them along

Why do you have to say goodbye

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

One last time

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

The hope
That my country will
View them with indulgence
And that
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
I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat
In which I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking
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
Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers

One last time

George Washington’s going home

Teach ’em how to say goodbye

George Washington’s going home

You and I

George Washington’s going home

Going home

George Washington’s going home

History has its eyes on you

George Washington’s going home

We’re gonna teach ’em how to say goodbye (teach ’em how to say goodbye)

Teach ’em how

To say goodbye

To say goodbye (say goodbye)

Say goodbye (say goodbye)

One last time


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week is “to post a song that helped teach you something new (something you weren’t aware of before you heard it)”.  It is open to anyone who wants to share music, so please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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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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One-Liner Wednesday – Fill the World with Love

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”
-Lin-Manuel Miranda


One-Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Click the link, read the rules and join in now! You won’t regret it!

I’m totally cheating this week, but I just couldn’t help it.  I had to post Miranda’s acceptance speech for Best Original Score for Hamilton at the Tony Awards on Sunday.  Taking out just a piece of it leaves the rest of it just hanging there, when the entirety of it is, as my daughter so eloquently stated, goddamn beautiful.  If you haven’t seen the YouTube video floating around social media, I highly suggest you watch it.  He says it so much better than just the words written here on the screen.

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Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 21 – It’s Quiet Uptown from Hamilton

My daughter sent me a text on Monday in all caps (which means she is WAY excited) letting me know that Hamilton was on the Grammy’s.  Unfortunately, I was watching The Walking Dead and couldn’t switch it.  Hamilton is a show she would like to work on, and I don’t blame her.  The only other Broadway musical I was this obsessed with was Phantom of  the Opera.  Hamilton ended up winning a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

If you haven’t heard of Hamilton, I covered it a bit in this post when I first started listening to it.  I honestly can’t get enough of the music and the story.  It’s on my wish list for a show I want to see on Broadway.

I couldn’t resist throwing up one of the songs from Hamilton for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.  I picked this one because it is a different kind of love song.  I believe it has some hard truths in it.  Love isn’t always about sunshine and happiness.  Many times it’s about remembering why you fell in love to begin with in order to not just walk away.  It talks about one of the worst things I believe can happen in a marriage, to lose a child, and I believe it ends many relationships.  But this song is all about forgiveness and trying to live with “the unimaginable.”

One of my most favorite lines: “There are moments that the words don’t reach.  There is a grace too powerful to name.  We push away what we can never understand.  We push away the unimaginable.”

Be prepared to cry.  I still can’t listen to it without breaking down.

Please feel free to read the rules below for Song Lyric Sunday and join in with one of your own.  Thank you to everyone who started following the prompt.  I’m enjoying all the new music and connecting with new bloggers.  Thank you for making it so much fun!

It’s Quiet Uptown from the musical Hamilton
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics found at Genius.com

Angelica:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
And push away the unimaginable
The moments when you’re in so deep
It feels easier to just swim down

Angelica/Ensemble:
The Hamiltons move uptown
And learn to live with the unimaginable

Hamilton:
I spend hours in the garden
I walk alone to the store
And it’s quiet uptown
I never liked the quiet before
I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before

Angelica and Women:
If you see him in the street, walking by
Himself, talking to himself, have pity

Hamilton:
Philip, you would like it uptown
It’s quiet uptown

Angelica and Women:
He is working through the unimaginable

All Men (except Hamilton):
His hair has gone grey. He passes every day
They say he walks the length of the city

Hamilton:
You knock me out, I fall apart

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Can you imagine?

Hamilton:
Look at where we are
Look at where we started
I know I don’t deserve you, Eliza
But hear me out. That would be enough

If I could spare his life
If I could trade his life for mine
He’d be standing here right now
And you would smile, and that would be enough
I don’t pretend to know
The challenges we’re facing
I know there’s no replacing what we’ve lost
And you need time
But I’m not afraid
I know who I married
Just let me stay here by your side
That would be enough

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity

Hamilton:
Eliza, do you like it uptown? It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
He is trying to do the unimaginable
See them walking in the park, long after dark
Taking in the sights of the city

Hamilton:
Look around, look around, Eliza

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
They are trying to do the unimaginable

Angelica:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we can never understand
We push away the unimaginable
They are standing in the garden
Alexander by Eliza’s side
She takes his hand

Eliza:
It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity
They are going through the unimaginable


Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee, even though I’m not following the prompt today because I felt so strongly about this particular song. 🙂

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Thoughts on Hamilton – Which sounds really boring but it isn’t… I promise

Okay, so my blog is a bit schizophrenic. I write flash fiction, I write poems and I also partake in stream of conscious writing. I’ve started a song lyric post that I ended up missing on Sunday for the first time.

That’s another thing. Sometimes I just disappear.

But I realized last week that I do this blog for fun and pretty much for me (being the selfish person that I am), so if I miss a day or two or don’t do that challenge on that one day, I’m not going to beat myself up or get upset. I’m just going to accept it. (That’s the plan anyway).

Today, I’m going to jump into a whole new genre. I suppose this is a review, which I have done a few times, but not this kind of review.

I received a text from my daughter yesterday morning on my way to work.

“Mom. You absolutely have to listen to the new Bway musical Hamilton. It is amazing ugh.”

My first question was, “Bway?”

Broadway.

Yes.

I honestly love the performing arts. I don’t think I realized how much until Adelle went to a performing arts high school. We constantly attended plays and dances and she kept me in the know because they follow all the current performing arts things.

Apparently, Hamilton is all the rage right now at her school and after completely immersing myself in it for the last two days, I have to say that I completely understand it, and I haven’t even actually seen it! I just listened to the album.

To be honest, after listening to the first song, I was reluctant. It was so weird. I was a little put off that it was actually about Alexander Hamilton and I was even more weirded out about the hip-hop aspect. But it grew on me fast!

I love when things don’t take themselves too seriously. Writing, performing arts, music… pretty much anything you can think of, but since this is a creative blog, I’ll stick with some of those things.

I think music has stretched limits and changed and blossomed in many different ways, but Broadway has stayed relatively the same. I don’t know if that’s entirely accurate. Maybe it has changed. But honestly, this is the first time I’ve heard a Broadway musical that called itself “hip-hop.”

I love that Hamilton is current. I love pretty much everything about it. I only wish I could fly to New York tonight, pay for tickets and see the show, it was that good.

And that’s pretty odd coming from me, because as much as I like performing arts, I really don’t much care for history. That love went to my sister. But even given the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda tried to keep Hamilton as historically accurate as possible (yes I looked that up), I fell in love with it.

So, this is me texting you on this late fall evening, telling you to listen to it if you can or buy it and listen. It is definitely worth every moment! (Oh, and I cried. Just sayin…)

Here is a snippet I found on YouTube that the Wall Street Journal posted.

Just give it a chance.

I dare you!