Scene Fourteen – Stay Alive

Stay Alive

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Stay Alive Lyrics

 

“Stay Alive” is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Washington), Charles Lee, Anthony Ramos (Laurens).

 

ELIZA:

Stay alive…

 

ELIZA/ANGELICA/ENSEMBLE WOMEN:

Stay alive…

 

HAMILTON:

I have never seen the General so despondent

I have taken over writing all his correspondence

Congress writes, “George, attack the British forces.”

I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses

Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance

They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence

 

WASHINGTON:

The cavalry’s not coming

 

HAMILTON:

Sir!

 

WASHINGTON:

Alex, listen. There’s only one way for us to win this

Provoke outrage, outright

 

HAMILTON:

That’s right

 

WASHINGTON:

Don’t engage, strike by night

Remain relentless ‘til their troops take flight

 

HAMILTON:

Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight

 

WASHINGTON:

Outrun

 

HAMILTON:

Outrun

 

WASHINGTON:

Outlast

 

HAMILTON:

Outlast

 

WASHINGTON:

Hit ‘em quick, get out fast

 

HAMILTON:

Chick-a-plao!

 

WASHINGTON:

Stay alive ‘til this horror show is past

We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast

 

HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE:

Raise a glass!

 

MULLIGAN:

I go back to New York and my apprenticeship

 

LAFAYETTE:

I ask for French aid, I pray that France has sent a ship

 

LAURENS:

I stay at work with Hamilton

We write essays against slavery

And every day’s a test of our camaraderie

And bravery

 

HAMILTON:

We cut supply lines, we steal contraband

We pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand

And ev’ry day

“Sir, entrust me with a command,”

And ev’ry day

 

WASHINGTON:

No

 

HAMILTON:

He dismisses me out of hand

 

HAMILTON:                                                         ELIZA/ANGELICA:

Instead of me                                                       Stay alive…

He promotes                                                        LEE:

Charles Lee                                                          Charles Lee.

Makes him second-in-command:

 

LEE:

I’m a General. Whee!!!!

 

HAMILTON:

Yeah. He’s not the choice I would have gone with

 

HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE:

He shits the bed at the Battle of Monmouth

 

WASHINGTON:

Ev’ryone attack!

 

LEE:

Retreat!

 

WASHINGTON:

Attack!

 

LEE:

Retreat!

 

WASHINGTON:

What are you doing, Lee? Get back on your feet!

 

LEE:

But there’s so many of them!

 

WASHINGTON:

I’m sorry, is this not your speed?!

Hamilton!

 

HAMILTON:

Ready, sir!

 

WASHINGTON:

Have Lafayette take the lead!

 

HAMILTON:

Yes, sir!

 

LAURENS:

A thousand soldiers die in a hundred degree heat

 

LAFAYETTE:

As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat

 

HAMILTON:

Charles Lee was left behind

Without a pot to piss in

He started sayin’ this to anybody who would listen:

 

LEE:

Washington cannot be left alone to his devices

Indecisive, from crisis to crisis

The best thing he can do for the revolution

Is turn n’ go back to plantin’ tobacco in Mount Vernon

 

COMPANY:

Oo!!

 

WASHINGTON:

Don’t do a thing. History will prove him wrong

 

HAMILTON:

But, sir!

 

WASHINGTON:

We have a war to fight, let’s move along

 

LAURENS:

Strong words from Lee, someone oughta hold him to it

 

HAMILTON:

I can’t disobey direct orders

 

LAURENS:

Then I’ll do it

Alexander, you’re the closest friend I’ve got

 

HAMILTON:

Laurens, do not throw away your shot