Alexander Hamilton At The White House Poetry Jam Uke tab by Lin-Manuel Miranda

6 Chords used in the song: Bm, F#, G, D, Em, G7

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[Intro]
A|-1---1-1-1-1---1---1------1------------------|
E|-2---2-2-2-2---2---2----------2--------------|
C|-1---1-1-1-1---1---1---1------------1--------|
G|-3---3-3-3-3---3---3-------------------------|
(F# F#) How does a...

[Verse 1]
Bm Bm
How does a bastard orphan son of a whore and a
F# F#
Scotsman dropped in the middle of a
G G
Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence
D D
Impoverished in squalor
F# F#
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar


Bm Bm
The ten-dollar founding father without a father
F# F#
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
G G
By being a lot smarter
D D
By being a self-starter by fourteen
F# F#
they had placed him in charge of a trading charter


Bm Bm
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted
F# F#
Away across the waves our Hamilton kept his guard up
G G
Inside he was longing for something to be a part of
D D F# F#
The brother was ready to beg steal borrow or barter


Bm Bm
Then a hurricane came and devastation reigned
F# F#
And our man saw his future drip dripping down the drain
G G
Put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain
D D F# F#
And he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain


Bm Bm
Well the word got around they said "This kid is insane man
F# F#
Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland
G G
Get your education don't forget from whence you came
D D F# F#
and the world is gonna know your name, what's your name man?"


[Chorus 1]
Bm Bm
Alexander Hamilton
F# F#
His name is Alexander Hamilton
G G
And there's a million things he hasn't done
D D F# F#
But just you wait just you wait


[Verse 2]
Bm Bm
When he was ten his father split full of it debt-ridden
F# F# G G
Two years later see Alex and his mother bed-ridden half-dead

Sittin' in their own sick the scent thick

D D
And Alex got better but his mother went quick


Bm Bm
Moved in with a cousin the cousin committed suicide
F# F#
Left him with nothin' but ruined pride something new inside
G G
A A voice saying "Alex you gotta fend for yourself"


D D F# F#
He started retreatin' and readin' every treatise on the shelf


Bm Bm
There would have been nothing left to do

For someone less astute he woulda been
F# F#
Dead or destitute without a cent of restitution
G G
Started workin' clerkin' for his late mother's landlord
D D F# F#
Tradin' sugar cane and rum and all the things he can't afford
Bm Bm
Scammin' for every book he can get his hands on
F# F#
Plannin' for the future see him now as he stands on
G G
The bow of a ship headed for a new land
D D F# F#
In New York you can be a new man

Bm Bm
The ship is in the harbor now

See if you can spot him
F# F#
Another immigrant

Comin' up from the bottom
Em Em
His enemies destroyed his rep

America forgot him

D D F# F#
And me I'm the damn fool that shot him

[Chorus 2]
Bm Bm
Alexander Hamilton
G7 G7
We were waiting in the weeds for you
Em Em
You could never back down
D D F# F#
You always had to speak your mind
Bm Bm
But Alexander Hamilton
G7 G7
We could never takes your deeds from you
Em Em
In our cowardice and our shame
D D Em Em
We will try to destroy your name
Bm Bm G G D D F# F# Em Em D D
The world will never be the same Alexander!

Bm Bm
Yeah, I'm the damn genius that shot him

 

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Song without the spoken intro: https://youtu.be/YIz3xgEUHiI
22 Jul 2020
andreso avatar
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Please see Lin's performance for strumming, chord muting, and flair: https://youtu.be/WNFf7nMIGnE
22 Jul 2020
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