Your Obedient Servant

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Leslie Odom, Jr.

About Your Obedient Servant

"Your Obedient Servant" is the twentieth song from Act 2 of the musical Hamilton, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote both the music and lyrics to the song. The song is sung by the characters of Hamilton and Aaron Burr, originally performed by Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr., respectively.


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How does Hamilton, an arrogant immigrant, orphan
Bastard, whore's son
Somehow endorse Thomas Jefferson, his enemy
A man he’s despised since the beginning
Just to keep me from winning?
I wanna be in the room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
You’ve kept me from the room where it happens
For the last time

Dear Alexander
I am slow to anger
But I toe the line
As I reckon with the effects
Of your life on mine
I look back on where I failed
And in every place I checked
The only common thread has been your disrespect
Now you call me amoral
A dangerous disgrace
If you’ve got something to say, name a time and place, face-to-face

I have the honor to be your obedient servant
Mr. Vice President
I am not the reason no one trusts you
No one knows what you believe
I will not equivocate on my opinion
I have always worn it on my sleeve
Even if I said what you think I said
You would need to cite a more specific grievance
Here’s an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements

Sweet Jesus!

Hey, I have not been shy
I am just a guy in the public eye
Tryin’ to do my best for our republic, I don’t wanna fight
But I won’t apologize for doing what’s right

I have the honor to be your obedient servant
Careful how you proceed, good man
Intemperate indeed, good man
Answer for the accusations I lay at your feet or prepare to bleed, good man

Burr, your grievance is legitimate
I stand by what I said, every bit of it
You stand only for yourself, it’s what you do
I can’t apologize because it’s true

Then stand, Alexander
Weehawken, dawn
Guns drawn

You’re on
I have the honor to be your obedient servant
A dot Ham
A dot Burr

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda (; born January 16, 1980) is a Puerto Rican composer, lyricist, playwright, rapper, and actor best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. He co-wrote the songs for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Moana soundtrack (2016) and co-starred in the film Mary Poppins Returns. Miranda's awards include a Pulitzer Prize, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, three Tony Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Miranda was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 2018. Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical In the Heights, which premiered on Broadway in 2008. For this work, he won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score, the show's cast album won the 2009 Grammy Award… more »

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Written by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

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10 facts about this song

Composer Background
"Your Obedient Servant" is a song composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a well-known composer, lyricist, and actor famous for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals "In the Heights" and "Hamilton".
Show Association
The song is part of the soundtrack of the famous Broadway musical "Hamilton," which premiered in 2015 and won several Tony Awards.
Historical Context
The song is a musical representation of the correspondence between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton that led to the July 1804 duel in which Hamilton was mortally wounded.
Song Position
"Your Obedient Servant" is the twenty-second song of Act Two, and the forty-fifth song overall in the musical.
Duel Prelude
The song sets the stage for the final confrontation between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the musical's penultimate scene.
Unique Style
Unlike many traditional solos or duets, "Your Obedient Servant" is a reflection of a written dialogue, with Burr and Hamilton singing representative excerpts from their correspondence.
Reflective Lyrics
The phrase "Your Obedient Servant" is how Burr and Hamilton signed their letters; the polite phrase contrasts with the combative content of their exchange.
Key Performers
In the Original Broadway Cast Recording, Leslie Odom Jr. enacts Aaron Burr and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Alexander Hamilton.
Cultural Impact
The soundtrack, including “Your Obedient Servant”, reached number 2 on the Billboard 200, making it one of the highest-charting Broadway cast albums.
Awards & Recognition
The track is part of the "Hamilton" soundtrack which won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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