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This song sets the time and place of the story. It also introduces the characters Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Marquis de Lafayette, and Hercules Mulligan when Hamilton meets them in a bar and informs of Hamilton's and Burr's ambitions.

Lyrics[]

[ENSEMBLE]
1776.
New York City.

[HAMILTON]
Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?

[BURR]
That depends, who's asking?

[HAMILTON]
Oh, sure, sir,
I'm Alexander Hamilton, I'm at your service, sir.
I have been looking for you.

[BURR]
I'm getting nervous.

[HAMILTON]
Sir,
I heard your name at Princeton,
I was seeking an accelerated course of study.
When I got sort of out of sorts with a buddy of yours.
I may have punched him,
It's a blur, sir-
He handles the financials?

[BURR]
You punched the bursar?

[HAMILTON]
Yes!
I wanted to do what you did,
Graduate in two, then join the revolution.
He looked at me like I was stupid,
I'm not stupid.
So how'd you do it, how'd you graduate so fast?

[BURR]
It was my parents' dying wish before they passed.

[HAMILTON]
You're an orphan. Of course! I'm an orphan!
God, I wish there was a war!
Then we could prove that we're worth more than anyone bargained for!

[BURR]
Can I buy you a drink?

[HAMILTON]
That would be nice.

[BURR]
While we're talking, let me offer you some free advice.

Talk less.

[HAMILTON]
What?

[BURR]
Smile more.

[HAMILTON]
Ha-

[BURR]
Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for.

[HAMILTON]
You can't be serious.

[BURR]
You wanna get ahead?

[HAMILTON]
Yes.

[BURR]
Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead.

[LAURENS]
A yo-yo yo-yo-yo!
What time is it?

[LAURENS, LAFAYETTE, & MULLIGAN]
Showtime!

[BURR]
Like I said.

[LAURENS]
Showtime! Showtime! Yo!
I'm John Laurens, in the place to be,
A-two pints of Sam Adams, but I'm working on three, hah!
Those redcoats don't want it with me!
'Cause I will pop chick-a-pop
These cops 'til I'm free!

[LAFAYETTE]
A-oui, oui, mon ami, je m'appelle Lafayette!
The Lancelot of the revolutionary set!
I came from afar, just to say "Bonsoir!",
Tell the king "Casse toi!"
Who's the best?
C'est moi.

[MULLIGAN]
Brah! Brah!
I am Hercules Mulligan!
Up in it, lovin' it, yes I heard your mother say, "Come again?"!

[LAFAYETTE & LAURENS]
Ayy!

[MULLIGAN]
Lock up your daughters and horses, of course,
It's hard to have intercourse, over four sets of corsets!

[LAFAYETTE]
Wow!

[LAURENS]
No more sex, pour me another brew, son,
Let's raise a couple more,

[LAURENS, LAFAYETTE, & MULLIGAN]
To the revolution!!!!!

[LAURENS]
Well, if it ain't the prodigy of Princeton College!

[MULLIGAN]
Aaron Burr!

[LAURENS]
Give us a verse, drop some knowledge!

[BURR]
Good luck with that, you're takin' a stand.
You spit, I'mma sit, we'll see where we land!

[LAFAYETTE & MULLIGAN]
Boo!

[LAURENS]
Burr, the revolution's imminent, whataya stall for?

[HAMILTON]
If you stand for nothing, Burr, what'll you fall for?

[LAURENS, LAFAYETTE, & MULLIGAN]
Ooh.

[LAURENS]
Who are you?

[MULLIGAN]
Who are you?

[LAFAYETTE]
Who are you?

[LAURENS, LAFAYETTE, & MULLIGAN]
Ooh, who is this kid? What's he gonna do?

Trivia[]

  • "Aaron Burr, Sir" is one of the original songs from The Hamilton Mixtape that remained in the musical when it went on Broadway, while others were cut from the act.
  • There is anachronistic error in the song, when John Laurens mentions "Sam Adams", depsite the fact that the beer wouldn't be invented until 1984. This was likely included to reference the unseen Samuel Adams, a founding father, vital to the events that took place during Hamilton.
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