Ten Duel Commandments Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda


Lin-Manuel Miranda Lyrics

Ten Duel Commandments Lyrics
[MEN:]
One, two, three, four

[FULL COMPANY:]
Five, six, seven, eight, nine...

[BURR/HAMILTON/LAURENS/LEE:]
It's the Ten Duel Commandments

[FULL COMPANY:]
It's the Ten Duel Commandments
Number one!

[LAURENS:]
The challenge: demand satisfaction
If they apologize, no need for further action

[COMPANY:]
Number two!

[LAURENS:]
If they don't, grab a friend, that's your second

[HAMILTON:]
Your lieutenant when there's reckoning to be reckoned

[COMPANY:]
Number three!

[LEE:]
Have your seconds meet face to face

[BURR:]
Negotiate a peace...

[HAMILTON:]
Or negotiate a time and place

[BURR:]
This is commonplace, 'specially 'tween recruits

[COMPANY:]
Most disputes die, and no one shoots
Number four!

[LAURENS:]
If they don't reach a peace, that's alright
Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site

[HAMILTON:]
You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility

[BURR:]
You have him turn around so he can have deniability

[COMPANY:]
Five!

[LEE:]
Duel before the sun is in the sky

[COMPANY:]
Pick a place to die where it's high and dry
Number six!

[HAMILTON:]
Leave a note for your next of kin
Tell 'em where you been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in

[COMPANY:]
Seven!

[LEE:]
Confess your sins. Ready for the moment
Of adrenaline when you finally face your opponent

[COMPANY:]
Number eight!

[LAURENS/LEE/HAMILTON/BURR:]
Your last chance to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight...

[BURR:]
Alexander

[HAMILTON:]
Aaron Burr, sir

[BURR:]
Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?

[HAMILTON:]
Sure
But your man has to answer for his words, Burr

[BURR:]
With his life? We both know that's absurd, sir

[HAMILTON:]
Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?

[BURR:]
Okay, so we're doin' this

[COMPANY:]
Number nine!

[HAMILTON:]
Look 'em in the eye, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count

[MEN:]
One two three four

[FULL COMPANY:]
Five six seven eight nine

[HAMILTON/BURR:]
Number

[COMPANY:]
Ten paces!

[HAMILTON/BURR:]
Fire!


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