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The Election of 1800 Songtext
von Lin‐Manuel Miranda

The Election of 1800 Songtext

ENSEMBLE: The election of 1800
JEFFERSON: Can we get back to politics?
MADISON: Please?
JEFFERSON: Yo.
Ev'ry action has an equal, opposite reaction
John Adams shat the bed. I love the guy, but he's in traction
Poor Alexander Hamilton? He is missing in action
So now I'm facing—
JEFFERSON AND MADISON: Aaron Burr!
JEFFERSON: With his own faction
MADISON: He's very attractive in the North. New Yorkers like his chances
JEFFERSON: He's not very forthcoming on any particular stances
MADISON: Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances
JEFFERSON: And they say I'm a Francophile: at least they know I know where France is!
MADISON: Thomas that's the problem, see, they see Burr as a less extreme you
JEFFERSON: Ha!
MADISON: You need to change course, a key endorsement might redeem you
JEFFERSON: Who did you have in mind?
MADISON: Don't laugh
JEFFERSON: Who is it?


MADISON: You used to work on the same staff
JEFFERSON: Whaaaat
MADISON: It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side
JEFFERSON AND MADISON: It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side
BURR: Talk less!
Smile more!
Don't let 'em know what you're against or what you're for!
Shake hands with him!
Charm her!
It's eighteen hundred, ladies, tell your husbands: vote for
Burr!
MALE VOTER: I don't like Adams
FEMALE VOTER: Well, he's gonna lose, that's just defeatist
MALE VOTER: And Jefferson—
TWO MEN: In love with France!
FEMALE VOTER: Yeah, he's so elitist!
TWO FEMALE VOTERS: I like that Aaron Burr!
FEMALE VOTER: I can't believe we're here with him!
MALE VOTER: He seems approachable…?
MALE VOTER: Like you could grab a beer with him!
ENSEMBLE: Dear Mr. Hamilton: your fellow Fed'ralists would like to know how you'll be voting
HAMILTON: It's quiet uptown
ENSEMBLE: Dear Mr. Hamilton: John Adams doesn't stand a chance, so who are you promoting?
HAMILTON: It's quiet uptown
ENSEMBLE: Jefferson or Burr? (Jefferson or Burr)
We know it's lose-lose
Jefferson or Burr? (Jefferson or Burr)
But if you had to choose
Dear Mr. Hamilton:
John Adams doesn't stand a chance so who are you promoting?
HAMILTON: It's quiet uptown...
ENSEMBLE: But if you had to choose
HAMILTON: It's quiet uptown...
HAMILTON: Well, if it isn't Aaron Burr. Sir!
BURR: Alexander!
HAMILTON: You've created quite a stir, sir!
BURR: I'm going door to door!
HAMILTON: You're openly campaigning?
BURR: Sure!
HAMILTON: That's new
BURR: Honestly, it's kind of draining
HAMILTON: Burr—
BURR: Sir!
HAMILTON: Is there anything you wouldn't do?
BURR: No. I'm chasing what I want
HAMILTON: And you know what?
BURR: What?
HAMILTON: I learned that from you
ENSEMBLE: If you had to choose
If you had to choose
JEFFERSON: It's a tie!
If you had to choose
If you had to choose
MADISON: It's up to the delegates!
If you had to choose
If you had to choose
It's up to Hamilton!
If you had to choose
If you had to choose
Jefferson or Burr? (Jefferson or Burr)
Choose
Choose
Choose!
HAMILTON: Yo
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
HAMILTON: The people are asking to hear my voice
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
HAMILTON: For the country is facing a difficult choice
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
HAMILTON: And if you were to ask me who I'd promote—
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
—Jefferson has my vote
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
HAMILTON: I have never agreed with Jefferson once
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
HAMILTON: We have fought on like seventy-five diff'rent fronts
ENSEMBLE: Oh!
HAMILTON: But when all is said and all is done
HAMILTON: Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none
ENSEMBLE: Oooooooooooooh
BURR: Well, I'll be damned
BURR: Well, I'll be damned
BURR: Hamilton's on your side
BURR: Well, I'll be damned
BURR:, I'll be damned
BURR: And?
BURR: You won in a landslide
BURR: Congrats on a race well-run
BURR: I did give you a fight
JEFFERSON: Uh-huh
BURR: I look forward to our partnership
JEFFERSON: Our partnership?
BURR: As your vice-President
JEFFERSON: Ha. Yeah, right
JEFFERSON: You hear this guy? Man openly campaigns against me, talkin' bout, "I look forward
to our partnership."
MADISON: It's crazy that the guy who comes in second becomes vice President
JEFFERSON: Ooo! You know what? We can change that. You know why?
MADISON: Why?
JEFFERSON: 'Cuz I'm the President. Hey, Burr, when you see Hamilton, thank him for the endorsement.
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