Scene Fifteen – Ten Duel Commandments

Ten Duel Commandments

 

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Ten Duel Commandments Lyrics

 

“Ten Duel Commandments” is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Anthony Ramos (Laurens), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Lee, Leslie Odom Jr. (Burr).

 

MEN:

One, two, three, four

 

FULL COMPANY:

Five, six, seven, eight, nine…

 

BURR/HAMILTON/LAURENS/LEE:

It’s the Ten Duel Commandments

 

FULL COMPANY:

It’s the Ten Duel Commandments

Number one!

 

LAURENS:

The challenge: demand satisfaction

If they apologize, no need for further action

 

COMPANY:

Number two!

 

LAURENS:

If they don’t, grab a friend, that’s your second

 

HAMILTON:

Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned

 

COMPANY:

Number three!

 

LEE:

Have your seconds meet face to face

 

BURR:

Negotiate a peace…

 

HAMILTON:

Or negotiate a time and place

 

BURR:

This is commonplace, ‘specially ‘tween recruits

 

COMPANY:

Most disputes die, and no one shoots

Number four!

 

LAURENS:

If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright

Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site

 

HAMILTON:

You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility

 

BURR:

You have him turn around so he can have deniability

 

COMPANY:

Five!

 

LEE:

Duel before the sun is in the sky

 

COMPANY:

Pick a place to die where it’s high and dry

Number six!

 

HAMILTON:

Leave a note for your next of kin

Tell ‘em where you been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in

 

COMPANY:

Seven!

 

LEE:

Confess your sins. Ready for the moment of adrenaline when you finally face your opponent

 

COMPANY:

Number eight!

 

LAURENS/LEE/HAMILTON/BURR:

Your last chance to negotiate

Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight…

 

BURR:

Alexander

 

HAMILTON:

Aaron Burr, sir

 

BURR:

Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?

 

HAMILTON:

Sure

But your man has to answer for his words, Burr

 

BURR:

With his life? We both know that’s absurd, sir

 

HAMILTON:

Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?

 

BURR:

Okay, so we’re doin’ this

 

COMPANY:

Number nine!

 

HAMILTON:

Look ‘em in the eye, aim no higher

Summon all the courage you require

Then count

 

MEN:

One two three four

 

FULL COMPANY:

Five six seven eight nine

 

HAMILTON/BURR:

Number

 

COMPANY:

Ten paces!

 

HAMILTON/BURR:

Fire!