LyricsWho Lives, Who Dies, Who…

Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton

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Let me tell you what I wish I′d known When I was young and dreamed of glory You have no control

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? President Jefferson I'll give him this, his financial system is a work of genius I couldn′t undo it if I tried And I've tried Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? President Madison He took our country from bankruptcy to prosperity I hate to admit it But he doesn't get enough credit for all the credit he gave us Who lives, who dies, who tells your story Every other founding fathers′ story gets told Every other founding father gets to grow old And when you′re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story? Who tells your story? Who tells your story? (Eliza) I put myself back in the narrative (Eliza) I stop wasting time on tears I live another 50 years It's not enough (Eliza) I interview every soldier who fought by your side (She tells our story) I try to make sense of your thousands of pages of writings You really do write like you′re running out of time I rely on Angelica While she's alive, we tell your story She is buried in Trinity Church near you When I needed her most, she was right on time And I′m still not through I ask myself, what would you do if you had more time The Lord, in his kindness He gives me what you always wanted He gives me more time I raise funds in D.C. for the Washington Monument (She tells my story) I speak out against slavery You could have done so much more if you only had time And when my time is up, have I done enough? Will they tell your story? Oh, can I show you what I'm proudest of? (The orphanage) I established the first private orphanage in New York City (The orphanage) I help to raise hundreds of children I get to see them growing up (The orphanage) In their eyes I see you, Alexander I see you every time And when my time is up Have I done enough? Will they tell your story? Oh, I can′t wait to see you again It's only a matter of time Will they tell your story? (Time) Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? (Time) Will they tell your story? (Time) Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?

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