Scene Thirteen – Wait For It

Wait For It

 

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Wait For It Lyrics

 

“Wait For It” is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Leslie Odom Jr. (Burr).

 

BURR

Theodosia writes me a letter ev’ry day.

I’m keeping her bed warm while her husband is away.

He’s on the British side of Georgia.

He’s tryin’ to keep the colonies in line.

He can keep all of Georgia.

Theodosia, she’s mine.

 

Love doesn’t discriminate

between the sinners

and the saints,

it takes and it takes and it takes

and we keep loving anyway.

 

We laugh and we cry

and we break

and we make our mistakes.

And if there’s a reason I’m by her side

when so many have tried

then I’m willing to wait for it.

I’m willing to wait for it.

 

My grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher,

 

MEN (interjected)

Preacher

Preacher

Preacher

 

BURR

But there are things that the homilies and hymns won’t teach ya.

 

MEN (interjected)

Teach ya

Teach ya

Teach ya

 

BURR

My mother was a genius

 

WOMEN (interjected)

Genius

 

BURR

My father commanded respect.

 

MEN (interjected)

Respect

Respect

 

BURR

When they died they left no instructions.

Just a legacy to protect.

 

BURR/ENSEMBLE

Death doesn’t discriminate

Between the sinners and the saints,

it takes and it takes and it takes

and we keep living anyway.

We rise and we fall

and we break

and we make our mistakes.

And if there’s a reason I’m still alive

when everyone who loves me has died

I’m willing to wait for it.

I’m willing to wait for it.

Wait for it.

 

ENSEMBLE

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

 

BURR

I am the one thing in life I can control

 

ENSEMBLE

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

 

BURR

I am inimitable

I am an original

 

ENSEMBLE

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

 

BURR

I’m not falling behind or running late

 

ENSEMBLE

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

 

BURR

I’m not standing still,

I am lying in wait

 

ENSEMBLE

Wait

Wait

Wait

 

BURR

Hamilton faces an endless uphill climb

 

ENSEMBLE

Climb

Climb

Climb

 

BURR

He has something to prove

He has nothing to lose

 

ENSEMBLE

Lose

Lose

Lose

Lose

 

BURR

Hamilton’s pace is relentless

he wastes no time

 

ENSEMBLE

Time

Time

Time

 

BURR

What is it like in his shoes?

Hamilton doesn’t hesitate.

He exhibits no restraint.

He takes and he takes and he takes

and he keeps winning anyway.

He changes the game.

He plays and he raises the stakes.

And if there’s a reason

he seems to thrive when so few survive,

then God dammit

 

I’m willing to wait for it.

 

I’m willing to wait for it…

Life doesn’t discriminate

between the sinners and the saints

it takes and it takes and it takes

We rise.

 

We fall

And if there’s a reason I’m still alive

When so many others have died,

then I’m willin’ to-

 

COMPANY (at the same time)

I’m willing to wait for it.

Wait for it

Wait for…

I’m willing to-

 

Life doesn’t discriminate

between the sinners and the saints

it takes and it takes and it takes

and we keep living anyway,

we rise and we fall and we break

and we make our mistakes

and if there’s a reason

I’m still alive

when so many have died,

then I’m willing’ to-

 

BURR

Wait for it…

 

WOMEN

Wait for it…

 

MEN

Wait for it…

 

BURR

Wait for it…

 

WOMEN

Wait for it…

 

MEN

Wait for it…

 

WOMEN

Wait for it…

 

MEN

Wait for it…

 

WOMEN

Wait for it…

 

MEN

Wait for it…

 

WOMEN

Wait for it…

 

MEN

Wait…