Lin-Manuel Miranda, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Phillipa Soo

About Burn

"Burn" is the fifteenth 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 character Eliza Hamilton, originally performed by Phillipa Soo.


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I saved every letter you wrote me
From the moment I read them, I knew you were mine
You said you were mine
I thought you were mine

Do you know what Angelica said
When we saw your first letter arrive?
She said

"Be careful with that one, love
He will do what it takes to survive"

You and your words flooded my senses
Your sentences left me defenseless
You built me palaces out of paragraphs
You built cathedrals
I’m re-reading the letters you wrote me
I’m searching and scanning for answers in every line
For some kind of sign, and when you were mine
The world seemed to burn

You published the letters she wrote you
You told the whole world how you brought this girl into our bed
In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives
Do you know what Angelica said
When she read what you’d done?
She said
"You have married an Icarus
He has flown too close to the sun"

You and your words, obsessed with your legacy
Your sentences border on senseless
And you are paranoid in every paragraph
How they perceive you

You, you, you

I’m erasing myself from the narrative
Let future historians wonder how Eliza reacted when you broke her heart
You have torn it all apart, I'm watching it
Watching it burn
The world has no right to my heart
The world has no place in our bed
They don’t get to know what I said
I’m burning the memories
Burning the letters that might have redeemed you
You forfeit all rights to my heart
You forfeit the place in our bed
You sleep in your office instead
With only the memories of when you were mine
I hope that you burn

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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

"Burn" is a song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, an award-winning American composer, lyricist, and actor, for his critically acclaimed musical, "Hamilton."
Integration in the Musical
The song is performed by the character Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, expressing her feelings after discovering her husband's infidelity.
Historical Background
"Burn" draws its inspiration from a real-life event. However, the song takes creative liberties because it's unclear how Eliza Hamilton truly reacted to her husband Alexander Hamilton's affair.
Performance and Production
The original Broadway cast recording features Phillipa Soo, who played Eliza in the initial run of "Hamilton."
Popularity and Reception
The song has been praised for Soo's emotional performance, Lin-Manuel Miranda's poignant lyrics, and the haunting melody.
"Burn" has become a fan-favorite, oftentimes covered by aspiring singers and Broadway enthusiasts.
Lyrics' Depth
Lin-Manuel Miranda included vivid imagery in the song to express a sense of betrayal, heartbreak, and anger, striking chords with many listeners.
In popular culture, "Burn" has been used by various artists as a base for remixes and mashups, after its release in 2015.
Personal Connection
Miranda revealed in a tweet in 2016 that the song's last four lines "I hope that you burn" were written on his honeymoon after an argument with his wife.
The entire "Hamilton" soundtrack, including "Burn," won Best Musical Theatre Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

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