We Know Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda


Lin-Manuel Miranda Lyrics

We Know Lyrics
[HAMILTON:]
Mr. Vice President
Mr. Madison
Senator Burr
What is this?

[JEFFERSON:]
We have the check stubs
From separate accounts...

[MADISON:]
Almost a thousand dollars, paid in different amounts...

[BURR:]
To a Mr. James Reynolds way back in seventeen ninety-one

[HAMILTON:]
Is that what you have? Are you done?

[MADISON:]
You are uniquely situated by virtue of your position

[JEFFERSON:]
Though 'virtue' is not a word I'd apply to this situation

[MADISON:]
To seek financial gain, to stray from your sacred mission

[JEFFERSON:]
And the evidence suggests you've engaged in speculation

[BURR:]
An immigrant embezzling our government funds

[JEFFERSON/MADISON:]
I can almost see the headline, your career is done

[BURR:]
I hope you saved some money for your daughter and sons

[BURR/JEFFERSON/MADISON:]
Ya best g'wan run back where ya come from!

[HAMILTON:]
Ha! You don't even know what you're asking me to confess

[JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR:]
Confess

[HAMILTON:]
You have nothing. I don't have to tell you anything at all
Unless

[JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR:]
Unless

[HAMILTON:]
If I can prove that I never broke the law
Do you promise not to tell another soul what you saw?

[BURR:]
No one else was in the room where it happened

[HAMILTON:]
Is that a yes?

[JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR:]
Um, yes

[BURR:]
"Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health
And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth
In the pockets of people like me: down on their luck
You see, it was my wife who you decided to..."

[JEFFERSON:]
Whaaaat

[HAMILTON:]
She courted me
Escorted me to bed and when she had me in a corner
That's when Reynolds extorted me
For a sordid fee
I paid him quarterly
I may have mortally wounded my prospects
But my papers are orderly!
As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered history
Check it again against your list n' see consistency
I never spent a cent that wasn't mine
You sent the dogs after my scent, that's fine
Yes, I have reasons for shame
But I have not committed treason and sullied my good name
As you can see I have done nothing to provoke legal action
Are my answers to your satisfaction?

[JEFFERSON:]
My God

[MADISON:]
Gentlemen, let's go

[HAMILTON:]
So?

[JEFFERSON AND MADISON:]
The people won't know what we know

[HAMILTON:]
Burr!
How do I know you won't use this against me
The next time we go toe to toe?

[BURR:]
Alexander, rumors only grow
And we both know what we know


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