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Guns And Ships is the 18th song of Act One of Hamilton.

Marquis de Lafayette is introduced for the second time in the musical and traces a route to cut off British forces. He also convinces Washington to offer Hamilton the command he has requested for so long. Washington reluctantly agrees and calls Hamilton back into the harmy, giving him the command and letting him lead the American forces.

LyricsEdit

[BURR]
How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
Somehow defeat a global superpower?
How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?
Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross's flag higher?

Yo. Turns out we have a secret weapon
An immigrant, you know and love him
Son afraid to step in
He's constantly confusing, confounding the British henchmen
Everyone give it up for America's favorite fightin' Frenchman!

[COMPANY]
Lafayette!

[LAFAYETTE]
I'm takin' this horse by the reigns
Makin' redcoats redder with bloodstains

[COMPANY]
Lafayette!

[LAFAYETTE]
And I'm never gonna stop until I make 'em drop
And burn 'em up and scatter their remains, I'm

[COMPANY]
Lafayette!

[LAFAYETTE]
Watch me engagin' em, escapin' em
Enragin' em, I'm—

'[COMPANY]
Lafayette!

[LAFAYETTE]
I go to France for more funds

[COMPANY]
Lafayette!

[LAFAYETTE]
I come back with more

[LAFAYETTE & ENSEMBLE]
Guns
And ships
And so the balance shifts

[WASHINGTON]
We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts

[LAFAYETTE]
We can end this war in Yorktown, cut them off at sea, but
For this to succeed, there's someone else we need

[WASHINGTON]
I know

[WASHINGTON & COMPANY]
Hamilton!

[LAFAYETTE]
Sir, he knows what to do in a trench
Ingenuitive and fluent in French, I mean—

[WASHINGTON & COMPANY]
Hamilton!

[LAFAYETTE]
Sir, you're gonna have to use him eventually
What's he gonna do on the bench? I mean—

[WASHINGTON & COMPANY]
Hamilton!

[LAFAYETTE]
No one has more resilience or
Matches my practical tactical brilliance—

[WASHINGTON & COMPANY]
Hamilton!


[LAFAYETTE]
You wanna fight for your land back?

[WASHINGTON]
I need my right hand man back

[LAFAYETTE]
Yeah, uhn, get your right hand man back
You know you gotta get your right hand man back
I mean you gotta put some thought into the letter
But the sooner the better

To get your right hand man back!

[COMPANY]
Hamilton!

[WOMEN]
Hamilton!



Hamilton!

Hamilton!

Ha—Ha—

[MEN]
Get your right hand man back!

Your right hand man back!

Hamilton!
Ha—Ha—

Hamilton
Hamilton!

Ha—Ha—


[WASHINGTON]
Alexander Hamilton
Troops are waiting in the fields for you
If you join us right now, together
We can turn the tide
Oh, Alexander Hamilton
I have soldiers that will yield for you
If we manage to get this right
They'll surrender by early light
The world, will never be the same, Alexander...

TriviaEdit

  • Marquis de Lafayette's lines holds the record for fastest Broadway rap.
    • In the fastest parts, there are 6.3 words per second.

GalleryEdit


Songs in Hamilton (Broadway Production)
Act One
Alexander Hamilton
Aaron Burr, Sir
My Shot
The Story of Tonight
The Schuyler Sisters
Farmer Refuted
You'll Be Back
Right Hand Man
A Winter's Ball
Helpless
Satisfied
The Story of Tonight (Reprise)
Wait For It
Stay Alive
Ten Duel Commandments
Meet Me Inside
That Would Be Enough
Guns And Ships
History Has Its Eyes On You
Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)
What Comes Next?
Dear Theodosia
Non-Stop
Act Two
What'd I Miss
Cabinet Battle #1
Take A Break
Say No To This
The Room Where It Happens
Schuyler Defeated
Cabinet Battle #2
Washington On Your Side
One Last Time
I Know Him
The Adams Administration
We Know
Hurricane
The Reynolds Pamphlet
Burn
Blow Us All Away
Stay Alive (Reprise)
It's Quiet Uptown
The Election of 1800
Your Obedient Servant
Best of Wives and Best of Women
The World Was Wide Enough
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

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