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

About Helpless

"Helpless" is the tenth song from Act 1 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.


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Hey hey hey hey (ohh, I do I do I do I)
Dooo Hey (ohh, I do I do I do I)
Boy you got me	
Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless
Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ‘em

I have never been the type to try and grab the spotlight
We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night
Laughin’ at my sister as she’s dazzling the room
Then you walked in and my heart went boom
Tryin’ to catch your eye from the side of the ballroom
Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume

Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine

Grab my sister, and
Whisper, yo, this one’s mine

My sister made her way across the room to you (ooh)
And I got nervous, thinking what’s she gonna do? (ooh)
She grabbed you by the arm, I’m thinkin’ I’m through (ooh)
Then you look back at me and suddenly I’m (ooh)

Oh, look at those eyes

Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the limit
I’m helpless
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em

I’m helpless

Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the limit I’m helpless

Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em

Where are you taking me?
I’m about to change your life

Then by all means, lead the way

Elizabeth Schuyler
It’s a pleasure to meet you


My sister

Thank you for all your service

If it takes fighting a war for us to meet, it will have been worth it

I’ll leave you to it

One week later

I’m writin’ a letter nightly
Now my life gets better, every letter that you write me
Laughin’ at my sister, 'cause she wants to form a harem

I’m just sayin’, if you really loved me, you would share him

Two weeks later
In the living room stressin’
My father’s stone-faced
While you’re asking for his blessin’
I’m dying inside, as
You wine
And dine
And I’m tryin’ not to cry
‘Cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do
My father makes his way across the room
To you (ooh)
I panic for a second, thinking
We’re through (ooh)
But then he shakes your hand and says
Be true (ooh)
And you turn back to me, smiling, and I’m

Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the
Limit I’m
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em 
I’m helpless

Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the
Limit I’m
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in 'em
Eliza, I don’t have a dollar to my name
An acre of land, a troop to command, a dollop of fame
All I have’s my honor, a tolerance for pain
A couple of college credits and my top-notch brain
Insane, your family brings out a different side of me
Peggy confides in me, Angelica tried to take a bite of me
No stress, my love for you is never in doubt
We’ll get a little place in Harlem and we’ll figure it out
I’ve been livin’ without a family since I was a child
My father left, my mother died, I grew up buckwild
But I’ll never forget my mother’s face, that was real
And long as I’m alive, Eliza, swear to God
You’ll never feel so


I’ve never felt so

My life is gon’ be fine 'cause Eliza’s in it	 

I do I do I do I do

Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em

In New York, you can be a new man
In New York, you can be a new man
In New York, you can be a new man


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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

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Musical Origin
"Helpless" is a song from the hit Broadway musical, 'Hamilton,' created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It emphasizes the romantic relationship between Alexander Hamilton and his future wife, Elizabeth Schuyler.
Genre Classification
The song, blending with various genres, predominantly mirrors 90s R&B and pop music, showcasing Miranda's ability to craft songs that both fit within the context of the story and, also, have a broader appeal.
In the musical, the song is performed by the character Eliza Schuyler, later Eliza Hamilton. It narrates Eliza's perspective and her falling in love with Alexander Hamilton.
According to Miranda, while writing "Helpless," he was inspired by his wife, Vanessa Nadal, and her own "red-lip classic" look. The song is also believed to take inspiration from Beyonce's "Countdown" and Ja Rule, Ashanti duets.
Album Success
The original Broadway cast recording, which "Helpless" is a part of, has achieved significant commercial success. It reached number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and became the highest-charting Broadway cast album since the soundtrack of 'Hair' in 1969.
Song's Duration
It is one of the longest songs in the musical, with a duration of approximately 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
A mixtape version of "Helpless" was released in 2016, featuring Ashanti as Eliza and Ja Rule as Alexander Hamilton. This version highlighted the influence of early 2000s hip-hop/R&B on the song.
Critical Acclaim
"Helpless" has been consecutively praised by both critiquers and audiences for its melodious much and engaging lyrics. Critics often cite the song as a standout track in the musical, particularly noting its catchy melody and powerful emotions.
"Helpless" is an essential part of the musical Hamilton, as it provides the audience with insight into Eliza's thoughts and feelings, contributing to their understanding and sympathy for her character throughout the musical.
Cultural Impact
As with many songs from the 'Hamilton' musical, "Helpless" has had a significant cultural impact. Various artists and fans worldwide have performed covers of the song, further spreading its popularity and influence.

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