My Shot

My Shot Lyrics

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – My Shot Lyrics

 

“My Shot” is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Burr), Anthony Ramos (Laurens), Lafayette, Mulligan.

 

HAMILTON:

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy, and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

 

I’mma get scholarship to King’s College

I probably shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish

The problem is I got a lot of brains, but no polish

I gotta holler just to be heard

With every word I drop knowledge

 

I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal

Tryin’ to reach my goal, my power of speech: unimpeachable

Only nineteen, but my mind is older

These New York City streets getting colder, I shoulder

Ev’ry burden, ev’ry disadvantage

I have learned to manage. I don’t have a gun to brandish

I walk these streets famished

The plan is to fan this spark into a flame

But damn, it’s getting dark, so let me spell out my name

I am the—

 

HAMILTON, LAFAYETTE, MULLIGAN, LAURENS:

A-L, E-X, A-N, D

E-R—we are—meant to be

 

HAMILTON:

A colony that runs independently

Meanwhile, Britain keeps shitting on us endlessly

Essentially, they tax us relentlessly

Then King George turns around, runs a spending spree

He ain’t never gonna set his descendants free

So there will be a revolution in this century

ENTER ME!

 

LAURENS, LAFAYETTE, MULLIGAN:

(He says in parentheses)

 

HAMILTON:

Don’t be shocked when your history book mentions me

I will lay down my life if it sets us free

Eventually you’ll see my ascendancy

 

HAMILTON and (LAURENS):

And I am not throwing away my shot (my shot)

I am not throwing away my shot (my shot)

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy, and hungry

[HAMILTON & LAURENS]

And I’m not throwing away my shot

 

HAMILTON, MULLIGAN, LAURENS, LAFAYETTE:

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy, and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

It’s time to take a shot!

 

LAFAYETTE:

I dream of life without the monarchy

The unrest in France will lead to “onarchy”

“Onarchy?” How you say, how you s—Oh, anarchy!

When I fight I make the other side panicky

With my

HAMILTON, MULLIGAN, LAURENS, LAFAYETTE:

Shot!

 

MULLIGAN:

Yo, I’m a tailor’s apprentice

And I got y’all knuckleheads in loco parentis

I’m joining the rebellion cuz I know it’s my chance

To socially advance, instead of sewin’ some pants

I’m gonna take a

HAMILTON, MULLIGAN, LAURENS, LAFAYETTE:

Shot!

 

LAURENS:

Eh, but we’ll never be truly free

Until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me

You and I, do or die, wait till I sally in on a stallion

With the first black battalion

Have another

HAMILTON, MULLIGAN, LAURENS, LAFAYETTE:

Shot!

 

BURR:

Geniuses, lower your voices

You keep out of trouble, and you double your choices

I’m with you, but the situation is fraught

You’ve got to be carefully taught:

If you talk, you’re gonna get shot!

 

HAMILTON:

Burr, check what we got

Mr. Lafayette hard rock like Lancelot

I think your pants look hot

Laurens, I like you a lot

Let’s hatch a plot blacker than the kettle callin’ the pot

What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot

Poppin’ a squat on conventional wisdom, like it or not

A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists

Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is

 

Oh, am I talkin’ too loud?

Sometimes I get over excited, shoot off at the mouth

I never had a group of friends before

I promise that I’ll make y’all proud

 

LAURENS:

Let’s get this guy in front of a crowd!

 

COMPANY:

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy, and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

 

I am not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot

Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy, and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot

 

LAURENS and (HAMILTON, LAFAYETTE, MULLIGAN):

Everybody sing

Woah-woah, wo-oh-oh (Woah-woah, wo-oh-oh)

Hey

Wo-oh-oh (Wo-oh-oh)

Wooh!!

Wo-oh-oh (Wo-oh-oh)

Sing let ’em hear ya (Yeah)

 

LAURENS and (COMPANY):

Let’s go! (Woah-woah, wo-oh-oh)

I said, shout it to the rooftops

(Wo-oh-oh)

Said to the rooftops

(Wo-oh-oh)

Now come on

(Yeah)

Now come on, let’s go

 

LAURENS:

Rise up

When you’re living on your knees, you rise up

Tell your brother that he’s got to rise up

Tell your sister that she’s got to rise up

 

LAURENS & ENSEMBLE and (COMPANY)

When are these colonies gonna rise up

(Whoa, woah)

When are these colonies gonna rise up (Woah)

When are these colonies gonna rise up (Woah)

When are these colonies gonna rise up (Woah)

Rise up

 

HAMILTON:

I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory

When’s it’s gonna get me?

In my sleep? Seven feet ahead of me?

If I see it coming, do I run or do I let it be?

Is it like a beat without a melody?

 

See, I never thought I’d live past twenty

Where I come from some get half as many

Ask anybody why we livin’ fast and we laugh, reach for a flask

We have to make this moment last, that’s plenty

 

Scratch that

This is not a moment, it’s the movement

Where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went

Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand

We roll like Moses, claimin’ our Promised Land

 

And? If we win our independence?

‘Zat a guarantee of freedom for our descendants?

Or will the blood we shed begin an endless

Cycle of vengeance and death with no defendants?

 

I know the action in the street is excitin’

But Jesus, between all the bleedin’ ‘n fightin’

I’ve been readin’ ‘n writin’

We need to handle our financial situation

Are we a nation of states? What’s the state of our nation?

 

I’m past patiently waitin’! I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation

Every action’s an act of creation

I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow

For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow

 

HAMILTON & COMPANY:

And I am not throwin’ away my shot

I am not throwin’ away my shot

Hey, yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy, and hungry

And I’m not throwin’ away my shot

 

HAMILTON, MULLIGAN, LAURENS and (ENSEMBLE):

We gonna rise up; time to take a shot

(Not thrown’ away my shot)

We gonna rise up; time to take a shot

(Not throwin’ away my shot)

 

We gonna (rise up, rise up)

HAMILTON:

It’s time to take a shot

HAMILTON, MULLIGAN, LAURENS and (ENSEMBLE):

(Rise up, rise up)

It’s time to take a shot (rise up, rise up)

(Wo-oah) Time to take a shot (rise up)

Take a shot, a shot, a shot, (Oh-Oh, oh)

A-yo, it’s time to take a shot (Woah, oh-oh oh)

Time to take a shot (Woah-oh)

And I am (And I am)

Not throwing away my

 

COMPANY:

Not throwing away my shot!