Stay alive Stay alive I have never seen the General so despondent I have taken over writing all his correspondence Congress writes, George, attack the British forces I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence The cavalry’s not coming Sir Alex, listen There’s only one way for us to win this Provoke outrage, outright That’s right Don’t engage, strike by night Remain relentless ‘til their troops take flight Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight Outrun Outrun Outlast Outlast Hit ‘em quick, get out fast Chick-a-plao Stay alive ‘til this horror show is past We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast Raise a glass I go back to New York and my apprenticeship I ask for French aid, I pray that France has sent a ship I stay at work with Hamilton We write essays against slavery And every day’s a test of our camaraderie And bravery We cut supply lines, we steal contraband We pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand And ev’ry day Sir, entrust me with a command And ev’ry day No He dismisses me out of hand Instead of me He promotes Charles Lee Makes him second-in-command I’m a general Whee Yeah He’s not the choice I would have gone with He shits the bed at the Battle of Monmouth Ev’ryone attack Retreat Attack Retreat What are you doing, Lee? Get back on your feet But there’s so many of them I’m sorry, is this not your speed? Hamilton Ready, sir Have Lafayette take the lead Yes, sir A thousand soldiers die in a hundred degree heat As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat Charles Lee was left behind Without a pot to piss in He started sayin’ this to anybody who would listen Washington cannot be left alone to his devices Indecisive, from crisis to crisis The best thing he can do for the revolution Is turn n’ go back to plantin’ tobacco in Mount Vernon Oo Don’t do a thing History will prove him wrong But, sir We have a war to fight, let’s move along Strong words from Lee, someone oughta hold him to it I can’t disobey direct orders Then I’ll do it Alexander, you’re the closest friend I’ve got Laurens, do not throw away your shot
Written by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
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