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Right Hand Man is the 8th song of Act One of Hamilton.

In this song, the company, along with Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, contemplate their difficulties in their war against the British; George Washington accepts Hamilton as his right hand man to lighten his workload.

LyricsEdit

[COMPANY]
British Admiral Howe's got troops on the water
Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor


[COMPANY 1]
Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor
When they surround our troops
They surround our troops
When they surround our troops


[COMPANY 2]
Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor
They surround our troops
They surround our troops


[HAMILTON]
As a kid in the Caribbean I wished for a war
I knew that I was poor, I knew
It was the only way to—

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]
Rise up!

[HAMILTON]
I will fight for this land
But there is only one man
Who can give us a command, so we can

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGANA/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]
Rise up!

[HAMILTON]
Understand? It's the only way to—

[HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]
Rise up! Rise up!

[HAMILTON]
Here he comes

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[BURR]
Ladies and gentlemen!

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[BURR]
The moment you've been waiting for!

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[BURR]
The pride of Mount Vernon!

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[BURR]
George Washington!


[WASHINGTON]
We are outgunned
Outmanned
Outnumbered, outplanned
We're gonna need an all out stand

Ayo, I'm gonna need a right-hand man

[ENSEMBLE]
What?
What?
Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

[WASHINGTON]
Check it—
Can I be real a second?
For just a millisecond?
Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?
Now I'm the model of a modern major general
The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all
Linin' up, to put me up on a pedestal
Writin' letters to relatives
Embellishing my elegance and eloquence
But—the elephant is in the room
The truth is in your face when ya hear the British cannons go...

[ENSEMBLE]
Boom!

[WASHINGTON]
Any hope of success is fleeting
How can I keep leading when the people I'm
Leading keep retreating?
We put a stop to the bleeding as the British take Brooklyn
Knight takes rook, but look


[WASHINGTON]
We are outgunned
Outmanned
Outnumbered, outplanned
We're gonna need an all out stand
Ayo, I'm gonna need a right-hand man

Incoming!

[ENSEMBLE]
What?
What?
Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!

Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!


[HAMILTON]
They're battering down the Battery, check the damages

[MULLIGAN]
Rah!

[HAMILTON]
We gotta stop 'em and rob 'em of their advantages

[MULLIGAN]
Rah!

[HAMILTON]
Let's take a stand with the stamina God has granted us
Hamilton won't abandon ship
Yo, let's steal their cannons—


[MULLIGAN]

Shh-boom!

[COMPANY]

Boom!

[WASHINGTON]
Goes the cannon, watch the blood and the shit spray, and—

[COMPANY]
Boom!

[WASHINGTON]
Goes the cannon, we're abandonin' Kips Bay, and—

[COMPANY]
Boom!

[WASHINGTON]
There's another ship and—

[COMPANY]
Boom!

[WASHINGTON]
We just lost the southern tip and—

[COMPANY]
Boom!

[WASHINGTON]
We gotta run to Harlem quick, we can't afford another slip
Guns and horses giddyup
I decide to divvy up
My forces, they're skittish as the British cut the city up
This close to giving up, facing mad scrutiny
I scream in the face of this mass mutiny:
Are these the men with which I am to defend America?
We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance
I cannot be everywhere at once, people
I am in dire need of assistance...

[BURR]
Your excellency, sir

[WASHINGTON]
Who are you?

[BURR]
Aaron Burr, sir?
Permission to state my case

[WASHINGTON]
As you were

[BURR]
Sir, I was a captain under General Montgomery
Until he caught a bullet in the neck in Quebec
And, well, in summary
I think that I could be of some assistance
I admire how you keep firing on the British
From a distance

[WASHINGTON]
Huh

[BURR]
I have some questions, a couple of suggestions
On how to fight instead of fleeing west

[WASHINGTON]
Yes?

[BURR]
Well—

[HAMILTON]
Your excellency, you wanted to see me?

[WASHINGTON]
Hamilton, come in, have you met Burr?

[HAMILTON]
Yes, sir

[HAMILTON & BURR]
We keep meeting

[BURR]
As I was saying, sir, I look forward to
Seeing your strategy play out

[WASHINGTON]
Burr?

[BURR]
Sir?

[WASHINGTON]
Close the door on your way out.

[HAMILTON]
Have I done something wrong, sir?

[WASHINGTON]
On the contrary
I called you here because our odds are beyond scary
Your reputation precedes you, but I have to laugh

[HAMILTON]
Sir?

[WASHINGTON]
Hamilton, how come no one can get you on their staff?

[HAMILTON]
Sir!

[WASHINGTON]
Don't get me wrong, you're a young man of great renown
I know you stole British cannons while we were still downtown
Nathaniel Green and Henry Knox wanted to hire you...

[HAMILTON]
To be their secretary, I don't think so

[WASHINGTON]
Then why are you upset?

[HAMILTON]
I'm not?

[WASHINGTON]
It's alright you want to fight
You've got a hunger
I was just like you when I was younger
Full of fantasies and visions of dying like martyr?

[HAMILTON]
Yes

[WASHINGTON]
Dying is easy, young man, living is harder

[HAMILTON]
Why are you telling me this?

[WASHINGTON]
I'm being honest
I'm working with a third of what our Congress has promised
We are a powder keg about to explode
I need someone like you to lighten the load. So?

[COMPANY (EXCLUDING HAMILTON)]
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Ayo, I'm just like my country
I'm young scrappy and hungry

[HAMILTON]
I am not throwing away my shot!

[WASHINGTON]
Son

[WASHINGTON & COMPANY]
We are outgunned, outmanned!

[HAMILTON]
You need all the help you can get
I have some friends. Laurens, Mulligan
Marquis de Lafayette, okay, what else?

[WASHINGTON & COMPANY]
Outnumbered, outplanned!

[HAMILTON]
We need some spies on the inside
Some King's men who might let some things slide


[HAMILTON]
I'll write to Congress and tell 'em we need supplies
You rally the guys and
Master the element of surprise
I'll rise above my station
Organize your information
'Til we rise to the occasion of our new nation. Sir!

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[HAMILTON]
Rise up!

[HAMILTON]
Rise up!

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[HAMILTON]
Rise up!


[COMPANY]
Boom!
Chicka-boom!

[ENSEMBLE]
Here comes the General!

[SCHUYLER SISTERS]
Rise up!

[SCHUYLER SISTERS & WOMEN]

Rise up!

[ELIZA/PEGGY/ANGELICA]
Woah, woah, woah...
Woah, woah, woah...

[ELIZA/PEGGY/ANGELICA & WOMEN]
Woah, woah, woah...
Woah, woah, woah...

[LAURENS/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE]
What?

[LAURENS/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE]
What?

[LAURENS/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE]

What?

[FULL COMPANY]
Here comes the General!

[HAMILTON]
What?

[WASHINGTON]
And his right-hand man!

[FULL COMPANY]
Boom!

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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