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Cm   
How does a bastard orphan son of a whore and a
G   
Scotsman dropped in the middle of a
           Ab
Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence
                   Eb
Impoverished in squalor
               G
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar


     Cm        
The ten-dollar founding father without a father
       G 
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
            Ab
By being a lot smarter

By being a self-starter
      Eb                          G
By fourteen they placed him in charge of a trading charter


     Cm
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted
 G
Away across the waves he struggled and kept his guard up
  Ab
Inside he was longing for something to be a part of
     Eb                         G
The brother was ready to beg steal borrow or barter

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Cm   
How does a bastard orphan son of a whore and a
G   
Scotsman dropped in the middle of a
           Ab
Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence
                   Eb
Impoverished in squalor
               G
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar


     Cm        
The ten-dollar founding father without a father
       G 
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
            Ab
By being a lot smarter

By being a self-starter
      Eb                          G
By fourteen they placed him in charge of a trading charter


     Cm
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted
 G
Away across the waves he struggled and kept his guard up
  Ab
Inside he was longing for something to be a part of
     Eb                         G
The brother was ready to beg steal borrow or barter


        Cm 
Then a hurricane came and devastation reigned
     G
Our man saw his future drip dripping down the drain
       Ab
Put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain
        Eb                                G
And he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain


          Cm
Well the word got around they said This kid is insane man
G
Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland
Ab
Get your education don't forget from whence you came
          Eb                      G
and the world is gonna know your name What's your name man


Cm
Alexander Hamilton
            G
My name is Alexander Hamilton
              Ab
And there's a million things I haven't done
              Eb              G
But just you wait just you wait

Cm
When he was ten his father split full of it debt-ridden
G Ab
Two years later see Alex and his mother bed-ridden half-dead

Sittin' in their own sick the scent thick


n/c -whisper-
And Alex got better but his mother went quick


Cm 
Moved in with a cousin the cousin committed suicide
G
Left him with nothin' but ruined pride something new inside
Ab
a voice saying Alex you gotta fend for yourself


Eb G
He started retreatin' and readin' every treatise on the shelf

Cm
There would have been nothing left to do

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


G
In New York


Just you wait!


Cm
Alexander Hamilton
Ab7
We are waiting in the wings for you
Fm
You could never back down
G
You never learned to take your time
Cm
Oh Alexander Hamilton
Ab7
When America sings for you
Fm
Will they know what you overcame
Eb Fm
Will they know you rewrote the game
Cm Ab Eb G
The world will never be the same oh


Cm 
The ship is in the harbor now

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

America forgot him

G
We fought with him
G
Me I died for him
G
Me I trusted him
Fm 
Me I loved him


Cm G
And me I'm the damn fool that shot him

Fm Eb
There's a million things I haven't done
G
But just you wait

n/c
What's your name man


Cm
Alexander Hamilton

Outro: Cm
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27 Comments

  1. Twenty Øne Panic! At Pilots Disco

    I put the wrong number I mean -7

  2. Twenty Øne Panic! At Pilots Disco

    -6 is much easier

  3. +5 or minus 2 are the easiest!

  4. FINALLY

  5. heck yes.

  6. It’s PERFECT.

  7. Finally!

  8. Replace G with Bb ?

  9. FINALLY I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SO LONG

  10. Whatzit tooya

    Haha first comment of many 😎

  11. THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!!

  12. Caitlin D'Arcy

    Ah, my favourite lyric

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  13. OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!

  14. the nerd in me screamed really loud when i saw this

  15. Claudia Bishop

    So happy this has been added!

  16. VERY NICE GREAT SUCCESS

  17. FrickFrackPaddyWhack

    perfect, genuinely perfect.

  18. FreddieMercury12

    One thing. It kind of… repeats? The first part is there twice.

  19. FreddieMercury12

    Thank you!

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