Scene Twenty – Yorktown

Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) Lyrics

 

“Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Anthony Ramos (Laurens), Daveed Diggs (Lafayette), Okieriete Onaodowan (Mulligan).

 

COMPANY:

The battle of Yorktown. 1781

 

LAFAYETTE:

Monsieur Hamilton

 

HAMILTON:

Monsieur Lafayette

 

LAFAYETTE:

In command where you belong

 

HAMILTON:

How you say, no sweat

We’re finally on the field. We’ve had quite a run

 

LAFAYETTE:

Immigrants:

 

HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE:

We get the job done

 

HAMILTON:

So what happens if we win?

 

LAFAYETTE:

I go back to France

I bring freedom to my people if I’m given the chance

 

HAMILTON:

We’ll be with you when you do

 

LAFAYETTE:

Go lead your men

 

HAMILTON:

See you on the other side

 

LAFAYETTE:

‘Til we meet again, let’s go!

 

ENSEMBLE:

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young

Scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwin’ away my shot!

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

 

HAMILTON:

‘Til the world turns upside down…

 

ENSEMBLE:

‘Til the world turns upside down!

 

HAMILTON:

I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory

This is where it gets me: on my feet

The enemy ahead of me

If this is the end of me, at least I have a friend with me

Weapon in my hand, a command, and my men with me

Then I remember my Eliza’s expecting me…

Not only that, my Eliza’s expecting

We gotta go, gotta get the job done

Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son!

Take the bullets out your gun!

 

ENSEMBLE:

What?

 

HAMILTON:

The bullets out your gun!

 

ENSEMBLE:

What?

 

HAMILTON:

We move under cover and we move as one

Through the night, we have one shot to live another day

We cannot let a stray gunshot give us away

We will fight up close, seize the moment and stay in it

It’s either that or meet the business end of a bayonet

The code word is ‘Rochambeau,’ dig me?

 

ENSEMBLE:

Rochambeau!

 

HAMILTON:

You have your orders now, go, man, go!

And so the American experiment begins

With my friends all scattered to the winds

Laurens is in South Carolina, redefining brav’ry

 

HAMILTON/LAURENS:

We’ll never be free until we end slavery!

 

HAMILTON:

When we finally drive the British away

Lafayette is there waiting—

 

HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE:

In Chesapeake Bay!

 

HAMILTON:

How did we know that this plan would work?

We had a spy on the inside. That’s right

 

HAMILTON/COMPANY:

Hercules Mulligan!

 

MULLIGAN:

A tailor spyin’ on the British government!

I take their measurements, information and then I smuggle it

 

COMPANY:

Up

 

MULLIGAN:

To my brother’s revolutionary covenant

I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!

See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians

We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it!

Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction

When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again!

 

COMPANY:

Left! Right! Hold!

Go!

What! What! What!

 

HAMILTON:

After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet

 

LAFAYETTE:

We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief

 

MULLIGAN:

And just like that, it’s over. We tend to our wounded, we count our dead

 

LAURENS:

Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom

 

WASHINGTON:

Not. Yet

 

HAMILTON:

We negotiate the terms of surrender

I see George Washington smile

We escort their men out of Yorktown

They stagger home single file

Tens of thousands of people flood the streets

There are screams and church bells ringing

And as our fallen foes retreat

I hear the drinking song they’re singing…

 

ALL MEN:

The world turned upside down

 

FULL COMPANY:

The world turned upside down

The world turned upside down

The world turned upside down

Down

Down, down, down

 

LAFAYETTE:

Freedom for America, freedom for France!

 

COMPANY:

Down, down, down

 

HAMILTON:

Gotta start a new nation

Gotta meet my son

 

COMPANY:

Down, down, down

 

MULLIGAN:

We won!

 

LAFAYETTE:

We won!

 

MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS:

We won!

 

MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS/HAMILTON/WASHINGTON:

We won!

 

COMPANY:

The world turned upside down!