Twenty Four – Non-Stop

Non Stop

 

Broadway musical (2015)

Hamilton the Musical – Non-Stop Lyrics

 

BURR:

After the war I went back to New York

 

HAMILTON:

A-After the war I went back to New York

 

BURR:

I finished up my studies and I practiced law

 

HAMILTON:

I practiced law, Burr worked next door

 

BURR:

Even though we started at the very same time

Alexander Hamilton began to climb

How to account for his rise to the top?

Maaaaan, the man is                            ENSEMBLE:

Non-stop!                                          Non-stop!

 

HAMILTON:

Gentlemen of the jury, I’m curious, bear with me

Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry?

This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation

 

HAMILTON:

The liberty behind

Deliberation—                                   ENSEMBLE:

.                                                       Non-stop!

 

HAMILTON:

I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt

With my assistant counsel

 

BURR:

Co-counsel

Hamilton, sit down

Our client Levi Weeks is innocent. Call your first witness

That’s all you had to say!

 

HAMILTON:

Okay!

One more thing—

 

BURR:

Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?

Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?

Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?

Soon that attitude may be your doom!

 

ENSEMBLE:

Awwww!

 

BURR:                                              ENSEMBLE:

Why do you write like you’re                Why do you write like you’re

running out of time?                            running out of time?

Write day and night like you’re

running out of time?

Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re              Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re

running out of time                            running out of time

 

Keep on fighting. In the meantime—

.                                                        Non-stop!

 

HAMILTON:

Corruption’s such an old song that we can sing along in harmony

And nowhere is it stronger than in Albany

This colony’s economy’s increasingly stalling and

 

HAMILTON:

Honestly, that’s why public service            BURR AND ENSEMBLE:

Seems to be calling me.                         He’s just

.                                                         Non-stop!

 

HAMILTON:

I practiced the law, I practic’ly perfected it

I’ve seen injustice in the world and I’ve corrected it

Now for a strong central democracy

If not, then I’ll be Socrates

 

HAMILTON:

Throwing verbal rocks

At these mediocrities.                             ENSEMBLE:

.                                                           Awww!

 

BURR:

Hamilton, at the Constitutional Convention:

 

HAMILTON:

I was chosen for the Constitutional Convention

 

BURR:

There as a New York junior delegate:

 

HAMILTON:

Now what I’m going to say may sound indelicate…

 

COMPANY:

Awwww!

 

BURR:

Goes and proposes his own form of government!

 

COMPANY:

What?

 

His own plan for a new form of government!

 

COMPANY:

What?

 

BURR:

Talks for six hours! The convention is listless!

 

ENSEMBLE MAN:

Bright young man…

 

ANOTHER ENSEMBLE MAN:

Yo, who the f is this?

 

BURR:

Why do you always say what you believe?             COMPANY:

Why do you always say what                               Why do you always say what

you believe?                                                     you believe?

Ev’ry proclamation guarantees free

ammunition for your enemies!

.                                                                      Awww!

BURR AND MEN:

Why do you write like it’s                                    ALL WOMEN:

Going out of style?                                            Going out of style, hey!

Write day and night like it’s

Going out of style?                                            Going out of style, hey!

 

BURR AND COMPANY:

Ev’ry day you fight like it’s

Going out of style

Do what you do

 

BURR:

Alexander?

 

HAMILTON:

Aaron Burr, sir

 

BURR:

It’s the middle of the night

 

HAMILTON:

Can we confer, sir?

 

BURR:

Is this a legal matter?

 

HAMILTON:

Yes, and it’s important to me

 

BURR:

What do you need?

 

HAMILTON:

Burr, you’re a better lawyer than me

 

BURR:

Okay

 

HAMILTON:

I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive

You’re incredible in court. You’re succinct, persuasive

My client needs a strong defense. You’re the solution

 

BURR:

Who’s your client?

 

HAMILTON:

The new U.S. Constitution?

 

BURR:

No

 

HAMILTON:

Hear me out

 

BURR:

No way!

 

HAMILTON:

A series of essays, anonymously published

Defending the document to the public

 

BURR:

No one will read it

 

HAMILTON:

I disagree

 

BURR:

And if it fails?

 

HAMILTON:

Burr, that’s why we need it

 

BURR:

The constitution’s a mess

 

HAMILTON:

So it needs amendments

 

BURR:

It’s full of contradictions

 

HAMILTON:

So is independence

We have to start somewhere

 

BURR:

No. No way

 

HAMILTON:

You’re making a mistake

 

BURR:

Good night

 

HAMILTON:

Hey

What are you waiting for?

What do you stall for?

 

BURR:

What?

 

HAMILTON:

We won the war

What was it all for?

Do you support this constitution?

 

BURR:

Of course

 

HAMILTON:

Then defend it

 

BURR:

And what if you’re backing the wrong horse?

 

HAMILTON:

Burr, we studied and we fought and we killed

For the notion of a nation we now get to build

For once in your life, take a stand with pride

I don’t understand how you stand to the side

 

BURR:

I’ll keep all my plans

Close to my chest                             ENSEMBLE:

.                                                    Wait for it, wait for

.                                                    It, wait…

I’ll wait here and see

Which way the wind                          Which way the wind

Will blow                                         Will blow

I’m taking my time                             I’m taking my time

Watching the                                    Watching the

Afterbirth of a nation                         Afterbirth of a nation

Watching the tension grow.               Watching the tension grow.

 

ANGELICA:

I am sailing off to London. I’m accompanied by someone

Who always pays

I have found a wealthy husband who will keep

Me in comfort for all my days

He is not a lot of fun, but there’s no one who

Can match you for turn of phrase

My Alexander

 

HAMILTON:

Angelica

 

ANGELICA:

Don’t forget to write

 

ELIZA:

Look at where you are

Look at where you started

The fact that you’re alive is a miracle

Just stay alive, that would be enough

And if your wife could share a fraction of your time

If I could grant you peace of mind

Would that be enough?

 

BURR:

Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series

of essays defending the new United States Constitution,

entitled The Federalist Papers.

The plan was to write a total of twenty-five essays,

the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end,

they wrote eighty-five essays,

in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five.

James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Hamilton wrote the other fifty-one!

 

BURR:

How do you write like you’re                   ALL WOMEN:

Running out of time?                              Running out of time?

Write day and night like you’re

Running out of time?                              Running out of time?

 

BURR AND MEN:

Ev’ry day you fight

Like you’re

Running out of time                                Running out of time?

Like you’re

Running out of time                                Running out of time?

Are you

Running out of time?                               Awwww!

 

FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON):

How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?

How do you write like you need it to survive?

How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive?

Ev’ry second you’re alive? Ev’ry second you’re alive?

 

WASHINGTON:

They are asking me to lead

I am doing the best I can

To get the people that I need

I’m asking you to be my right hand man

 

HAMILTON:

Treasury or State?

 

WASHINGTON:

I know it’s a lot to ask

 

HAMILTON:

Treasury or State?

 

WASHINGTON:

To leave behind the world you know…

 

HAMILTON:

Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department?

 

WASHINGTON:

Treasury

 

HAMILTON:

Let’s go

 

ELIZA:

Alexander…

 

HAMILTON:

I have to leave

 

ELIZA:

Alexander—

 

HAMILTON:

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now

 

ELIZA:

Helpless…

 

HAMILTON:

They are asking me to lead

 

ELIZA:

Look around, isn’t this enough?

 

ANGELICA:

He will never

be satisfied        ELIZA:

He will never       What would

be satisfied        be enough

 

.                       To be

.                      Satisfied

Satisfied             Satisfied        WASH:

Satisfied…          Satisfied…       History has      BURR:

.                                          its eyes…        Why do you

.                                          On…               assume

.                                          You!              you’re the

.                                                               smartest in                   ENSEMBLE:

.                                                               the room?                   Non-stop!

.                                                               Why do you

.                  Look around                            assume

.                  Look around!                            you’re the

.                                                               smartest in                    Non-stop!

.                                                               the room?

.                                                                Why do you

He will never                                               assume

be satisfied                                                 you’re the

.                                                               smartest in                    Non-stop!

.                   Isn’t this                                the room?

Satisfied          enough?                               Soon that at

.                   What would       WASH/           titude’s

.                   be enough?       MULL/            gonna be

Satisfied…                           LAUR/LAF:        your doom!

.                                        History has         Why do you

.                                          its eyes…        fight like

.                                            On…              you’re run

.                                           You…              ning out of

.                                                                 time?                          Non-stop!

ANGELICA, ELIZA, BURR:

Why do you fight like

 

ANGELICA, ELIZA, BURR, WASH & ENSEMBLE:

History has its eyes on you…

 

HAMILTON:

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

 

MEN:

Just you wait!

 

HAMILTON:

I am not throwin’ away my shot!

.                                                      FULL COMPANY:

I am Alexander Hamilton!                     Just you wait! Alexander Hamilton

.                                                       Hamilton just you wait!

HAMILTON:

I am not throwin’ away my shot!