Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda


Lin-Manuel Miranda Lyrics

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story Lyrics
[WASHINGTON:]
Let me tell you what I wish I'd known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control:

[WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:]
Who lives
Who dies
Who tells your story?

[BURR:]
President Jefferson:

[JEFFERSON:]
I'll give him this: his financial system is a work of genius
I couldn't undo it if I tried
And I tried

[WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:]
Who lives
Who dies
Who tells your story?

[BURR:]
President Madison:

[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

[WASHINGTON AND COMPANY:]
Who lives
Who dies
Who tells your story?

[ANGELICA:]
Every other founding father's story gets told
Every other founding father gets to grow old

[BURR:]
But when you're gone, who remembers your name?
Who keeps your flame?

[BURR AND MEN (ANGELICA AND WOMEN):]
Who tells your story?
(Who tells your story?)
Who tells your story? (Your story?)

[WOMEN:]
Eliza

[ELIZA:]
I put myself back in the narrative

[WOMEN:]
Eliza

[ELIZA:]
I stop wasting time on tears
I live another fifty years
It's not enough

[COMPANY:]
Eliza

[ELIZA:]
I interview every soldier who fought by your side

[MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS:]
She tells our story

[ELIZA:]
I try to make sense of your thousands of pages of writings
You really do write like you're running out of

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[ELIZA:]
I rely on

[ELIZA AND ANGELICA:]
Angelica

[ELIZA:]
While she's alive

[ELIZA AND ANGELICA:]
We tell your story

[ELIZA:]
She is buried in Trinity Church

[ELIZA AND ANGELICA:]
Near you

[ELIZA:]
When I needed her most, she was right on

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[ELIZA:]
And I'm still not through
I ask myself, "What would you do if you had more"

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[ELIZA:]
The Lord, in his kindness
He gives me what you always wanted
He gives me more

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[ELIZA:]
I raise funds in D.C. for the Washington Monument

[WASHINGTON:]
She tells my story

[ELIZA:]
I speak out against slavery
You could have done so much more if you only had

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[ELIZA:]
And when my time is up, have I done enough?

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Will they tell our story?

[ELIZA:]
Oh. Can I show you what I'm proudest of?

[COMPANY:]
The orphanage

[ELIZA:]
I established the first private orphanage in New York City

[COMPANY:]
The orphanage

[ELIZA:]
I help to raise hundreds of children
I get to see them growing up

[COMPANY:]
The orphanage

[ELIZA:]
In their eyes I see you, Alexander
I see you every

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[ELIZA:]
And when my time is up
Have I done enough?

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Will they tell my story?

[ELIZA:]
Oh, I can't wait to see you again
It's only a matter of

[ELIZA AND COMPANY:]
Time

[COMPANY:]
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
[FULL COMPANY:]
Who tells your story?


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