Alexander Hamilton Uke tab by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

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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

By being a self-starter
D D F# F#
By fourteen, they 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, he struggled and 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#
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?"


Bm Bm
Alexander Hamilton
F# F#
My name is Alexander Hamilton
G G
And there's a million things I haven't done
D D F# F#
But just you wait, just you wait...


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


n/a
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 sense 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
In New York you can be a new man
F# F#
In New York you can be a new man
Bm Bm
In New York you can be a new man


F# F#
In New York


Just you wait!


Bm Bm
Alexander Hamilton
G7 G7
We are waiting in the wings for you
Em Em
You could never back down
F# F#
You never learned to take your time
Bm Bm
Oh, Alexander Hamilton
G7 G7
When America sings for you
Em Em
Will they know what you overcame?
D D Em Em
Will they know you rewrote the game?
Bm Bm G G D D F# F#
The world will never be the same, oh


Bm Bm
The ship is in the harbor now

See if you can spot him
D D
Another immigrant
Em Em
Comin' up from the bottom
Em Em
His enemies destroyed his rep

America forgot him

F# F#
We fought with him
F# F#
Me? I died for him
F# F#
Me? I trusted him
Em Em
Me? I loved him


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

Em Em D D
There's a million things I haven't done
F# F#
But just you wait!



What's your name, man?


Bm Bm
Alexander Hamilton!

Bm Bm

 

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ukeplayer15 avatar
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I've watched Hamilton at least three times on Disney+, and I'm so glad that so many other people share my passion with both Hamilton and the ukulele. I'm so thankful for all the people who have put the songs from the musical on this site; I've been searching for weeks for at least one song. Again thank you to the person who submitted this tab and all the others who have submitted tabs for some of the other songs, although I wish there were more
29 Aug 2020
MonaMina avatar
I do it with -2 it's pretty easy except the damn E chord
04 Jul 2020
PiperEllen avatar
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Sing ya cinnamon rolls. Hi daddy
10 Mar 2018
Soprano_Uku avatar
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+5 steps is an easy version except for the B cord it's just hard for me to remember for some reason.
01 Feb 2018
aspad avatar
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my two passions combined into one. thank you for posting this. you made my life a whole lot better.
08 Oct 2017
aspad avatar
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my two passions combined into one. thank you for posting this. you made my life a whole lot better.
08 Oct 2017
Boricuamada avatar
my girl has been singing this song. now, it's stuck on my head. of course, I had to find it.
16 Mar 2017
babyperidot avatar
flag for US(ISO2) (Leawood)
looking at the official song book, it almost perfectly matches up, except there is a F# before the last 'What's your name man'
07 Mar 2017
RTBY3 avatar
So excited that I found a hamilton song on ukulele-tabs!!
05 May 2016
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