Scene Eighteen – Guns and Ships

Guns and Ships

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Guns and Ships Lyrics

 

BURR:

How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower

Somehow defeat a global superpower?

How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?

Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross’ flag higher?

Yo. Turns out we have a secret weapon!

An immigrant you know and love who’s unafraid to step in!

He’s constantly confusin’, confoundin’ the British henchmen

Ev’ryone give it up for America’s favorite fighting Frenchman!

 

COMPANY:

Lafayette!

 

LAFAYETTE:

I’m takin this horse by the reins makin’

Redcoats redder with bloodstains

 

COMPANY:

Lafayette!

 

LAFAYETTE:

And I’m never gonna stop until I make ‘em

Drop and burn ‘em up and scatter their remains, I’m

 

COMPANY:

Lafayette!

 

LAFAYETTE:

Watch me engagin’ em! Escapin’ em!

Enragin’ em! I’m—

 

COMPANY:

Lafayette!

 

LAFAYETTE:

I go to France for more funds

 

COMPANY:

Lafayette!

 

LAFAYETTE:

I come back with more

 

LAFAYETTE AND ENSEMBLE:

Guns

And ships

And so the balance shifts

 

WASHINGTON:

We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts

 

LAFAYETTE:

We can end this war at Yorktown, cut them off at sea, but

For this to succeed, there is someone else we need:

 

WASHINGTON:

I know

 

WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:

Hamilton!

 

LAFAYETTE:

Sir, he knows what to do in a trench

Ingenuitive and fluent in French, I mean—

 

WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:

Hamilton!

 

LAFAYETTE:

Sir, you’re gonna have to use him eventually

What’s he gonna do on the bench? I mean—

 

WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:

Hamilton!

 

LAFAYETTE:

No one has more resilience

Or matches my practical tactical brilliance—

 

WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:

Hamilton!

 

LAFAYETTE:

You wanna fight for your land back?

 

COMPANY:

Hamilton!

 

WASHINGTON:

I need my right hand man back!

 

WOMEN:

Hamilton!

 

LAFAYETTE:                                                       MEN:

Ah! Uh, get ya right hand man back                       Get your right hand man back!

You know you gotta get ya right hand man back      Your right hand man back!

 

I mean you gotta put                                           Hamilton!

some thought into the letter                                Ha—

but the sooner the better                                    Ha—

To get your right hand man back!

 

WOMEN, MEN:

Hamilton, Hamilton!

Ha— ha—!

 

WASHINGTON:

Alexander Hamilton

Troops are waiting in the field for you

If you join us right now, together we can turn the tide

Oh, Alexander Hamilton

I have soldiers that will yield for you

If we manage to get this right

They’ll surrender by early light

The world will never be the same, Alexander…