It's Quiet Uptown is the 9th song of the 2016 album The Hamilton Mixtape, sung by Kelly Clarkson.


There are moments that the words don't reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
Then push away the unimaginable
The moments when you're in so deep
Feels easier to just swim down
And so they move uptown
And learn to live with the unimaginable
I spend hours in the garden
I walk alone to the store
And it's quiet uptown
I never liked the quiet before
I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before

If you see him in the street walking by himself
Talking to himself, have pity
You would like it uptown, it's quiet uptown
He is working through the unimaginable
His hair has gone grey, he passes every day
They say he walks the length of the city
You knock me out, I fall apart
Can you imagine?

Look at where we are
Look at where we started
I know I don't deserve you
But hear me out, that would be enough
If I could spare his life
If I could trade his life for mine
He'd be standing here right now
And you would smile
And that would be enough
I don't pretend to know
The challenges we're facing
I know there's no replacing what we've lost
And you need time
But I'm not afraid
I know who I married
Just let me stay here by your side
And that would be enough

If you see him in the street, walking by her side
Talking by her side, have pity
Do you like it uptown? It's quiet uptown
He is trying to do the unimaginable
If you see him walking in the park, long after dark
Taking in the sights of the city
Look around, look around, look around
They are trying to do the unimaginable

There are moments that the words don't reach
There's a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we could never understand
We push away the unimaginable
They are standing in the garden
Standing there side by side
She takes his hand
It's quiet uptown
Forgiveness, can you imagine?
Forgiveness, can you imagine?

If you see him in the street, walking by her side
Talking by her side, have pity
Look around, look around
They are going through the unimaginable

Trivia Edit

  • When Kelly Clarkson was asked to be part of the mixtape, she didn't agree with the idea, she said, "I hadn’t seen [Hamilton], hadn’t heard anyone talk about it because where I live [in Nashville], nobody had seen it. He [Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman] sent the song to me at like 1 a.m., and I sent an email back to him with a lot of expletives! I was so angry, because I was pregnant with my son, and it’s all about their son dying. And I didn’t really know the situation, so I didn’t know if it was a baby, I didn’t know what it was." Yet, she agreed to do so.
Hamilton Mixtape edited logo

No John Trumbull (Intro)
My Shot (Rise Up Remix)
Wrote My Way Out
Wait For It (Mixtape)
An Open Letter (Interlude)
Satisfied (Mixtape)
Dear Theodosia (Mixtape)
Valley Forge (Demo)
It's Quiet Uptown (Mixtape)
That Would Be Enough (Mixtape)
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
You'll Be Back (Mixtape)

Helpless (Mixtape)
Take A Break (Interlude)
Say Yes To This
Congratulations (Mixtape)
Burn (Mixtape)
Stay Alive (Interlude)
Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo)
Washingtons By Your Side
History Has Its Eyes On You (Mixtape)
Who Tells Your Story
Dear Theodosia (Reprise) (Mixtape)

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