Scene Eight – Right Hand Man

Right Hand Man

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Right Hand Man Lyrics

 

“Right Hand Man” is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Washington) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Burr).

 

[COMPANY]

British Admiral Howe’s got troops on the water

Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor

 

[ENSEMBLE 1]

Thirty-two thousand troops in                   [ENSEMBLE 2]

New York harbor                                     Thirty-two thousand troops in

.                                                             New York harbor

 

When they surround our troops!

They surround our troops!

When they surround our troops!                 They surround our troops!

.                                                              They surround our troops!

 

[HAMILTON]

As a kid in the Caribbean I wished for a war

I knew that I was poor

I knew it was the only way to—

 

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE]

Rise up!

 

[HAMILTON]

If they tell my story

I am either gonna die on the battlefield in glory or—

 

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE]

Rise up!

 

[HAMILTON]

We will fight for this land

But there’s only one man

Who can give us a command so we can—

 

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE]

Rise up!

 

[HAMILTON]

Understand? It’s the only way to—

 

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE]

Rise up! Rise up!

 

[HAMILTON]

Here he comes!

 

[ENSEMBLE]

Here comes the General!

 

[BURR]

Ladies and gentlemen!

 

[ENSEMBLE]

Here comes the General!

 

[BURR]

The moment you’ve been waiting for!

 

[ENSEMBLE]

Here comes the General!

 

[BURR]

The pride of Mount Vernon!

 

[ENSEMBLE]

Here comes the General!

 

[BURR]

George Washington!

 

[WASHINGTON]

We are outgunned                           ENSEMBLE:

Outmanned                                      What?

Outnumbered

Outplanned                                      What?

.                                                      Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

 

We gotta make an all out stand

Ayo, I’m gonna need a

right-hand man.

.                                                     Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Check it—

Can I be real a second?

For just a millisecond?

Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?

Now I’m the model of a modern major general

The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all

Lining up, to put me up on a pedestal

Writin’ letters to relatives

Embellishin’ my elegance and eloquence

But the elephant is in the room

The truth is in ya face when ya hear the British cannons go…

 

[ENSEMBLE]

Boom!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Any hope of success is fleeting

How can I keep leading when the people I’m

Leading keep retreating?

We put a stop to the bleeding as the British take Brooklyn

Knight takes rook, but look

 

[WASHINGTON]

We are outgunned                      [ENSEMBLE]

Outmanned                                What?

Outnumbered

Outplanned                                What?

.                                               Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

We gotta make an all out stand

Ayo, I’m gonna need a

right-hand man

.                                               Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

Incoming!

 

[HAMILTON]

They’re battering down the Battery check the damages

 

[MULLIGAN]

Rah!

 

[HAMILTON]

We gotta stop ‘em and rob ‘em of their advantages

 

[MULLIGAN]

Rah!

 

[HAMILTON]

Let’s take a stand with the stamina God has granted us

Hamilton won’t abandon ship

Yo, let’s steal their cannons—

 

[MULLIGAN]                                           [COMPANY]

Shh-boom!                                            Boom!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Goes the cannon, watch the blood and the shit spray and…

 

[COMPANY]

Boom!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Goes the cannon, we’re abandonin’ Kips Bay and…

 

[COMPANY]

Boom!

 

[WASHINGTON]

There’s another ship and…

 

[COMPANY]

Boom!

 

[WASHINGTON]

We just lost the southern tip and…

 

[COMPANY]

Boom!

 

[WASHINGTON]

We gotta run to Harlem quick, we can’t afford another slip

Guns and horses giddyup

I decide to divvy up

My forces, they’re skittish as the British cut the city up

This close to giving up, facing mad scrutiny

I scream in the face of this mass mutiny:

Are these the men with which I am to defend America?

We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance

I cannot be everywhere at once, people

I’m in dire need of assistance…

 

[BURR]

Your excellency, sir!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Who are you?

 

[BURR]

Aaron Burr, Sir?

Permission to state my case?

 

[WASHINGTON]

As you were

 

[BURR]

Sir

I was a captain under General Montgomery

Until he caught a bullet in the neck in Quebec

And well, in summary

I think that I could be of some assistance

I admire how you keep firing on the British

From a distance

 

[WASHINGTON]

Huh

 

[BURR]

I have some questions, a couple of suggestions

on how to fight instead of fleeing west

 

[WASHINGTON]

Yes?

 

[BURR]

Well—

 

[HAMILTON]

Your excellency, you wanted to see me?

 

[WASHINGTON]

Hamilton, come in, have you met Burr?

 

[HAMILTON]

Yes, sir

 

[HAMILTON AND BURR]

We keep meeting

 

[BURR]

As I was saying, sir, I look forward to seeing your strategy play out

 

[WASHINGTON]

Burr?

 

[BURR]

Sir?

 

[WASHINGTON]

Close the door on your way out

 

[HAMILTON]

Have I done something wrong, sir?

 

[WASHINGTON]

On the contrary

I called you here because our odds are beyond scary

Your reputation precedes you, but I have to laugh

 

[HAMILTON]

Sir?

 

[WASHINGTON]

Hamilton, how come no one can get you on their staff?

 

[HAMILTON]

Sir!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Don’t get me wrong, you’re a young man, of great renown

I know you stole British cannons when we were still downtown

Nathanael Greene and Henry Knox wanted to hire you…

 

[HAMILTON]

To be their Secretary? I don’t think so

 

[WASHINGTON]

Why’re you upset?

 

[HAMILTON]

I’m not—

 

[WASHINGTON]

It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger

I was just like you when I was younger

Head full of fantasies of dyin’ like a martyr?

 

[HAMILTON]

Yes

 

[WASHINGTON]

Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder

 

[HAMILTON]

Why are you telling me this?

 

[WASHINGTON]

I’m being honest

I’m working with a third of what our Congress has promised

We are a powder keg about to explode

I need someone like you to lighten the load. So?

 

[COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON)]

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

Ayo, I’m just like my country, I’m young

Scrappy and hungry!

 

[HAMILTON]

I am not throwing away my shot!

 

[WASHINGTON]

Son

 

[WASHINGON AND COMPANY]

We are outgunned, outmanned!

 

[HAMILTON]

You need all the help you can get

I have some friends. Laurens, Mulligan

Marquis de Lafayette, okay, what else?

 

[WASHINGTON AND COMPANY]

Outnumbered, outplanned!

 

[HAMILTON]

We’ll need some spies on the inside

Some King’s men who might let some things slide

 

[HAMILTON]               [COMPANY]    [ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY]

I’ll write to Congress     Boom!

and tell ‘em we need                       Whoa, whoa, whoa…

supplies, you rally

the guys, master the

element of surprise                           Whoa, whoa, whoa…

 

Chicka-boom!

I’ll rise above my

station, organize

your information, ‘til

we rise to the occasion                    Whoa, whoa, whoa…

of our new nation. Sir!

 

.                                [ENSEMBLE]                                  [LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

.                                 Here comes the General!                  What?

 

[HAMILTON]

Rise up!

 

[ENSEMBLE]     [LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN]

Here comes     What?

the General!

 

[HAMILTON]        [SCHUYLER SISTERS]

Rise up!               Rise up!

 

[ENSEMBLE]

Here comes the General!

 

[HAMILTON]

Rise up!

 

[FULL COMPANY]

Here comes the General!

 

[HAMILTON]

What?

 

[WASHINGTON]

And his right hand man!

 

[FULL COMPANY]

Boom!