'The Hamilton Mixtape' Lyrics: Words for every new song off the Broadway album

'The Hamilton Mixtape' Lyrics: Words for every new song off the Broadway album
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, have reason to be excited, as The Hamilton Mixtape is now available for purchase. The newly released album features several popular artists covering various songs from the hit musical. 

While only now being released, the mixtape has been in development for quite some time. In fact, Lin-Manuel Miranda originally conceived the musical telling of Alexander Hamilton as an album rather than a musical. 

"I was going to write a concept album called The Hamilton Mixtape, wherein I would write some songs that were like highlights of Hamilton's life, a la Jesus Christ Superstar or Evita, and then someone would figure out how to stage it later," the artist explained to Entertainment Weekly

Broadway fans are certainly happy that Miranda was able to tell his story through the Broadway medium, as the musical, which chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, won a whopping 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, best book of a musical and best original score. 

The Hamilton Mixtape now allows the show's large fan base to appreciate the music in a whole new way, with many well-known artists covering the hit songs.

For those that want to immediately sing along with the newest songs, have no fear, you can learn them all below (lyrics via Genius):


Lin-Manuel Miranda
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"No John Trumbull (Intro)"

Artist: The Roots

[Intro]
The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape
[Verse 1: Black Thought]
You ever see a painting by John Trumbull?
Founding fathers in a line, looking all humble
Patiently waiting to sign a declaration and start a nation
No sign of disagreement, not one grumble
The reality is messier and richer, kids
The reality is not a pretty picture, kids
Every cabinet meeting is a full on rumble
What you're about to witness is no John Trumbull
[Outro]

The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape

"Wrote My Way Out"

Artist: Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc

[Hook: Aloe Blacc and Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I wrote my way out
When the world turned its back on me
I was up against the wall
I had no foundation
No friends and no family to catch my fall
Running on empty, with nothing left in me but doubt
I picked up a pen
And wrote my way out (I wrote my way out)


[Verse 1: Nas]
I picked up the pen like Hamilton
Street analysis, now I write words that try to channel 'em
No political power, just lyrical power

Sittin' on a crate on a corner, sippin' for hours

Schemin' on a come up, from evening'to sun up
My man awaitin' trial, misdemeanors we younger
Courtroom prejudice, insufficient evidence
Jailhouse lawyers, these images still relevant
Flickerin' lights inside my project hall
Sickenin', the mice crawl all night long
And '87 Reaganism, many pages I've written on
Writin' songs about rights and wrongs and bails bonds
Master bedroom, bigger than the crib that I was raised at
I'm the architect like I wrote the code to Waze app
I'm driven, black Elohim from the streets of Queens
The definition of what It Was Written means
Know what I mean?


[Hook: Aloe Blacc and Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I wrote my way out
When the world turned its back on me
I was up against the wall
I had no foundation
No friends and no family to catch my fall
Running on empty, there was nothing left in me but doubt
I picked up a pen
And I wrote my way out (I wrote my way out)

[Verse 2: Dave East]

I really wrote my way up out of 6E
Develop relationships with fiends, I know they miss me
Before the metrocards, it was tokens, I did the ten speed
Never had wrote a rhyme in my life, what was a sixteen?
At sixteen, arrested in housin', trips to the mountains
Came right back, trappin' off couches, watchin' for mouses
Only tools we was posed with, had a spot, smoke lit
The hate is just confusion, pay attention how them jokes switch
Diadora was my favorite, the Mark Buchanans
Mama couldn't afford them, I learned everythin' on the border
That's a big 8, Clicquot parties with private dancers with no mixtape
Bumble Bee Tuna, now we could get steak
I persevered, composition, I kept it close
Competition near, I'm a Spartan without the spear
Three hundred rhymes, it was written before I wrote it
Opportunity knockin', might miss it, that window closin'
This poetry in motion, I'm a poet

[Hook: Aloe Blacc and Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I wrote my way out
When the world turned its back on me
I was up against the wall
I had no foundation
No friends and no family to catch my fall
Running on empty, there was nothing left in me but doubt
I picked up a pen
And wrote my way out (I wrote my way out)

[Verse 3: Lin-Manuel Miranda]
High speed, dubbin' these rhymes in my dual cassette deck
Runnin' out of time like I'm Jonathan Larson's rent check
My mind is where the wild things are, Maurice Sendak
In withdrawal, I want it all, please give me that pen back
Y'all, I caught my first beatin' from the other kids when I was caught readin'
"Oh, you think you smart? Blah! Start bleedin'"
My pops tried in vain to get me to fight back
Sister tapped my brains, said, pssh, you'll get 'em right back
Oversensitive, defenseless, I made sense of it, I pencil in
The lengths to which I'd go to learn my strengths and knock 'em senseless
These sentences are endless, so what if they leave me friendless?
Damn, you got no chill, fuckin' right I'm relentless
I know Abuela's never really gonna win the lottery
So it's up to me to draw blood with this pen, hit an artery
This Puerto Rican's brains are leakin' through the speakers
And if he can be the shinin' beacon this side of the G.W.B and
Shine a light when it's gray out

[Bridge: Aloe Blacc and Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I wrote my way out
Oh, I was born in the eye of a storm
No lovin' arms to keep me warm
This hurricane in my brain is the burden I bear
I can do without, I'm here (I'm here)
Cause I wrote my way out
[Outro: Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I picked up the pen like Hamilton
I wrote my way out of the projects
Wrote-wrote my way out of the projects
Picked up the pen like Hamilton
I wrote my way out of the
Wrote-wrote my way out of the projects
I wrote my way out
Picked up the pen like Hamilton

I wrote my way out of the
[Spoken: Nas & Lin-Manuel Miranda]
(I wrote my way out)
Really, I saw like a hole in the rap game, so if I wanted to put my little two cents in the game, then it would be from a different perspective
(I wrote my way out)
I thought that I would represent for my neighborhood and tell their story, be their voice, in a way that nobody has done it
Tell the real story


"An Open Letter (Interlude)"

Artist: Watsky

[Intro: Watsky]
An open letter to the fat, arrogant, anti-charismatic, national embarrassment known as President John Adams
Shit!
[Verse 1: Watsky]
The man's irrational. He claims that I'm in league
With Britain in some vast international intrigue
Trick, please!
You wouldn't know what I'm doin'
You're always goin' berserk
But you never show up to work
Give my regards to Abigail
Next time you write about my lack of moral compass
At least I do my job up in this rumpus
Ooh...

[Verse 2]
The line is behind me, I crossed it again
While the president lost it again
Aw, such a rough life
Better run, tell your wife
"Yo, the boss is in Boston again"
Let me ask you a question. Who sits
At your desk when you're in Massachusetts?
They were calling you a dick back in '76
And you really haven't done anything new since
You're a nuisance with no sense
You'll die of irrelevance
Go ahead, you aspire to my level
You inspire to malevolence
Say hi to the Jeffersons!
And the spies all around me
Maybe they can confirm

I don't care if I kill my career with this letter
I'm confining you to one term
Sit down, John, you fat motherfucker!
[Outro]
Cool

"Valley Forge (Demo)"

Artist: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Oooh...
The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape...
Oooh
Valley Forge, winter 1778
Thomas Paine:

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
I am seeing the best minds of my generation
Waste away in pestilence and starvation
Is this all a test or have we met our doom?
Have we set a camp of parameters for our tomb?

I have never seen His Excellency so despondent
So I've taken over writing all his correspondence
I have written Congress and received dishonest responses
I am beyond comprehension of their nonsense
They say, saddle up! Attack the British forces!
I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses
Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance
They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence


Sixty tents full of dysentery, death
Dying breaths and dilettantes and deserters in the distance
Congress, I beg of you, justify your existence
Are you men or just a bunch of indigenous infants?
Unite these states, give them stakes in our resistance
Do you have no influence at all, you fucking skinflints?
Hamilton, tone it down
But sir!

Alex, listen. There's only one way for us to win this
Provoke outrage, outright
Don't engage, strike by night
Remain relentless 'til their troops take flight
Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight

Outrun (outrun)
Outlast (outlast)
Hit 'em quick, get out fast (uh-huh)
Stay alive 'til this horror show is past
We're gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast
(Yeah)

Alicia Keys
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"That Would Be Enough"

Artist: Alicia Keys

[Intro]
Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now
Look around, look around...
Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now
Look around, look around...

[Verse 1]
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 this child
Shares a fraction of your smile
Or a fragment of your mind, look out world!
That would be enough

[Bridge]
I don't pretend to know
The challenges you're facing
The worlds you keep erasing and creating in your mind
But I'm not afraid
I know who I married
So long as you come home at the end of the day
That would be enough

[Verse 2]
We don't need a legacy
We don't need money
If I could grant you peace of mind
If you could let me inside your heart...

[Bridge]
Oh, let me be a part of the narrative
In the story they will write someday
Let this moment be the first chapter:
Where you decide to stay

[Chorus]
And I would be enough
And this could be enough
This would be enough

Said, I would be enough
And this could be enough
See, we could be enough
Oh baby

I could be enough
We could be enough
This could be enough
Oooh

Don't look no further
Don't go nowhere
I could be enough (I could be enough)
We could have it all

Tell me baby (baby)
Can you feel me? (ayy)
Can I be enough? (Can I be enough?)
And your family? (Me and your family?)
Listen, baby (Listen, baby)
We can have it all (We could have it all)
Can I be enough? (Can I be enough?)
Yeah
Woo


[Outro]
So look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now
Look around, look around...
Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now
Look around, look around...
Baby
Darling
Oooh

"Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)"

Artist: K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente

[Intro: J. Period]
You know, and it gets into this whole issue of border security, you know, who's gonna say that the borders are secure? We've got the House and the Senate debating this issue, and it's... it's really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, "immigrant" has somehow become a bad word. So the debate rages on and we continue....
[Intro: "Yorktown" sample]
[Hercules Mulligan]
And just like that it's over, we tend to our wounded, we count our dead
[John Laurens]
Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom...
[George Washington]
Not yet
[Verse 1: K'Naan]
I got 1 job, 2 job, 3 when I need them
I got 5 roommates in this one studio, but I never really see them
And we all came America trying to get a lap dance from Lady Freedom
But now Lady Liberty is acting like Hilary Banks with a pre-nup
Man, I was brave, sailing on graves
Don't think I didn't notice those tombstones disguised as waves
I'm no dummy, here is something funny, you can be an immigrant without risking your lives
Or crossing these borders with thrifty supplies
All you got to do is see the world with new eyes
[Chorus]
Immigrants, we get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Immigrants, we get the job done
[Verse 2: Snow Tha Product]
It's a hard line when you're an import
Baby boy, it's hard times
When you ain't sent for
Racists feed the belly of the beast
With they pitchforks, rich chores
Done by the people that get ignored

Ya se armó
Ya se despertaron
It's a whole awakening
La alarma ya sonó hace rato
Los que quieren buscan
Pero nos apodan como vagos
We are the same ones
Hustling on every level
Ten los datos
Walk a mile in our shoes
Abróchense los zapatos [Official Translation]

[Chorus]
Immigrants, we get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Immigrants, we get the job—
Not yet
[Bridge: Snow Tha Product]
The credit is only borrowed
It's America's ghost writers, the credit's only borrowed
It's America's ghost writers
America's ghost writers
America's ghost writers, the credit's only borrow-borrowed
It's Americas ghost writers, a credit is only borrowed
It's Americas ghost writers, a credit is only borrowed
It's Americas ghost writers, a credit is only borrowed
It's
[Hook]
Immigrants, we get the job done
[Verse 3: Riz MC]
Ay yo aye, immigrants we don't like that
Na they don't play British empire strikes back
They beating us like 808's and high hats
At our own game of invasion, but this ain't Iraq
Who these fugees what did they do for me
But contribute new dreams
Taxes and tools, swagger and food to eat
Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain't ours
Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower
Buckingham Palace or Capitol Hill
Blood of my ancestors had that all built
It's the ink you print on your dollar bill, oil you spill
Thin red lines on the flag you hoist when you kill
But still we just say "look how far I come"
Hindustan, Pakistan, to London
To a galaxy far from their ignorance
Cos-
[Hook]
Immigrants, we get the job done
[Verse 4: Residente]
Por tierra o por agua
Identidad falsa
Brincamos muros o flotamos en balsas
La peleamos como Sandino en Nicaragua
Somos como las plantas que crecen sin agua
Sin pasaporte americano
Porque La mitad de gringolandia Es terreno mexicano
Hay que ser bien hijo e puta
Nosotros Les Sembramos el árbol y ellos se comen la fruta
Somos los que cruzaron
Aquí vinimos a buscar el oro que nos robaron
Tenemos mas trucos que la policía secreta
Metimos la casa completa en una maleta
Con un pico, una pala
Y un rastrillo
Te construimos un castillo
Como es que dice el coro cabrón? [Official Translation]
[Chorus]
Immigrants, we get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Immigrants, we get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Immigrants, we get the job done
Not yet

"Take A Break (Interlude)"

Artist: !llmind

The Hamilton Mixtape
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"Congratulations"

Artist: Dessa

[Intro]
Alexander
[Verse 1]
Congratulations
You have invented a new kind of stupid
A 'damage you can never undo' kind of stupid
An 'open all the cages in the zoo' kind of stupid
'Truly, you didn't think this through?' kind of stupid
Let's review
You took a rumor a few maybe two people knew and refuted it by sharing an affair of which no one has accused you
I begged you to take a break, you refused to
So scared of what your enemies might do to you
You're the only enemy you ever seem to lose to
You know why Jefferson can do what he wants?
He doesn't dignify schoolyard taunts with a response!
[Chorus]
So yeah, congratulations!
You've redefined your legacy
Congratulations
[Verse 2]
I languished in a loveless marriage in London
I lived only to read your letters
I look at you and think 'God, what have we done with our lives and what did it get us?'
That doesn't wipe the tears or the years away
But I'm back in the city and I'm here to stay
And you know what I'm here to do?
I'm not here for you
[Bridge]
I know my sister like I know my own mind
You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind
And a million years ago, she said to me 'this one's mine'
So I stood by
Do you know why?
I love my sister more than anything in this life
I will choose her happiness over mine every time
Eliza
Is the best thing in our life
So never lose sight of the fact that you have been blessed with the best wife
[Chorus]
Congratulations
For the rest of your life
Every sacrifice you make is for my sister
Give her the best life
Congratulations

"Burn"

Artist: Andra Day

[Verse 1]
I saved every letter you wrote me
From the moment I read them
I knew you were mine, said you were mine
I thought you were mine
Do you know what Angelica said
When we saw your first letter arrive?
She said, "Be careful with that one, love
He will do what it takes to survive."
[Bridge]
You and your words flooded my senses
Your sentences left me defenseless
You built me palaces out of paragraphs
You built cathedrals
[Verse 2]
I'm re-reading the letters you wrote me
I'm searching and scanning for answers
In every line, for some kind of sign
And when you were mine
The world seemed to
[Chorus]
Burn
Burn
[Verse 3]
You published the letters she wrote you
You told the whole world how you brought
This girl into our bed
In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives
Do you know what Angelica said
When she read what you'd done?
She said, "You have married an Icarus
He has flown too close to the sun."
[Bridge]
You and your words, obsessed with your legacy
Your sentences border on senseless
And you are paranoid in every paragraph
How they perceive you
You, you, you...
[Verse 4]
I'm erasing myself from this narrative
Let future historians wonder how Eliza
Reacted when you broke her heart
You have torn it all apart
I am watching it
[Chorus]
Burn
Watching it burn
[Bridge]
The world has no right to my heart
The world has no place in our bed
They don't get to know what I said
I'm burning the memories
Burning the letters that might have redeemed you
You forfeit all rights to my heart
You forfeit the place in our bed
You sleep in your office instead
With only the memories
Of when you were mine
[Outro]
I hope that you burn

"Stay Alive (Interlude)"

Artist: Stro Elliot

Stay alive...
Hit 'em quick, get out fast (Chick-a-plao!)
Stay alive...


Wiz Khalifa
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"Washingtons By Your Side"

Artist: Wiz Khalifa

[Intro]
Oh
It's kinda crazy 'cause
People think
I got it made just 'cause I got paper
I mean
I do got it made but
That's 'cause I made it myself
Gang Gang
[Verse 1]
Uh, people be all in my face
Wasn't the time and the place
Do interviews and I'm on stage
'Cause baby I gotta get paid
Don't matter what most people say
'Cause all of 'em get in the way
I'm working with more than I play
Which mean I'm gon' be here to stay
I roll me one up and I blaze
And take a tree straight to the face
Those thuggers keep hoping I change
But no, I'ma stay in my lane
I'm smelling like weed on the plane
And white people think it's a shame
As soon as they mention my name
They go back to being the same
[Pre-Chorus]
I did everything that I want (uh)
I still don't care what anybody else think
Now I can have anything, I ain't gon' stunt
And I don't feel bad 'cause I did it my way
And now they all say
"It must be nice, it must be nice
To have them Washingtons on your side
It must be nice, it must be nice
To have everybody on your side
It must be nice, it must be nice
To have them Washingtons by your side
It must be nice, it must be nice
To have everybody by your side"
[Verse 2]
Whether you coming or leaving
Know everybody be talking
Nigga be having a problem
Straighten up soon as you walking
Some of them familiar faces
Fame is so easy to get lost in
So many different motives
If you slip up it'll cost you
Don't know who got your best interest
But you don't stop, you keep going
They really talking, you live it
When the time come you gon' show it
Keep on my heart and stay focused
Come with a different approaching
Go from a player to coach be
'Cause you go harder than most
[Chorus]
I did everything that I want (uh)
I still don't care what anybody else think
Now I can have anything, I ain't gon' stunt
And I don't feel bad 'cause I did it my way
And now they all say
"It must be nice, it must be nice
To have them Washingtons on your side
It must be nice, it must be nice
To have everybody on your side
It must be nice, it must be nice
To have them Washingtons by your side
It must be nice, it must be nice
To have everybody by your side"

"History Has Its Eyes on You"

Artist: John Legend

[Intro]
Whoa...
Whoa... Oooh
Oo-oooh
[Verse 1]
I was younger than you are now
When I was given my first command
I led my men into a massacre
Witnessed their deaths firsthand
Oh, I made every mistake
I felt the shame rise in me
And even now I lie awake
Knowing history, history
[Chorus]
History has its eyes on me
History, history, history, aaah
History has its eyes on me
History, history, history
Ahhh
[Verse 2]
Let me tell you what I wish I'd known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
Don't nobody have control
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story
I know that we can win
I know that greatness lies in you
But remember from here on in
History, history
[Chorus]
History has its eyes on you
History, history, history, aaah
History has its eyes on you
History, history, history
Ahhh
[Bridge]
Whoa...
Whoa... (whoa)
Whoa...
[Chorus]
History has its eyes on you
History, history, history (whoa)
Aaah
History has its eyes on you (oooh)
History (ahhh)
History has its eyes on you (oooh, ooh)
History, history
Oooh, yeah


There you have it, all the lyrics for every new song on The Hamilton Mixtape — start singing!