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Say No To This is the 4th song of Act Two of Hamilton.

While Eliza and Angelica are away at their father's home, Alexander is paid a visit by Maria Reynolds, who claims she is being mistreated by her husband, James Reynolds. Alexander helps her out, and soon the two are caught in an affair.

The affair comes to knowledge of James Reynolds, who in turn forces Hamilton to pay him a sum to keep the scandal a secret. Hamilton is distraught, but accepts the blackmail and continues the affair.

LyricsEdit

[BURR]
There's nothing like summer in the city
Someone under stress meets someone looking pretty
There's trouble in the air, you can smell it
And Alexander's by himself. I'll let him tell it

[HAMILTON]
I hadn't slept in a week
I was weak, I was awake
You never seen a bastard orphan more in need of a break
Longing for Angelica
Missing my wife
That's when miss Maria Reynolds walks into my life; she said:

[MARIA]
I know you are a man of honor
I'm so sorry to bother you at home
But I don't know where to go
And I came here all alone

[HAMILTON]
She said:

[MARIA]
My husband's been doing me wrong
Beatin' me, cheatin' me, mistreatin' me
Suddenly he's up and gone
I don't have the means to go on

[HAMILTON]
So I offered her a loan, I offered to walk her home, she said

[MARIA]
You're too kind, sir

[HAMILTON]
I gave her thirty bucks that I had socked away
She lived a block away, she said:

[MARIA]
This one's mine, sir

[HAMILTON]
Then I said, "well, I should head back home,"
She turned red, led me to her bed
Let her legs spread and said:

[MARIA]
Stay?

[HAMILTON]
Hey...

[MARIA]
Hey

[HAMILTON]
That's when I began to pray:
Lord, show me how to say no to this
I don't know how to say
No to this
Oh my god, she looks so helpless
And her body's saying, "hell yes"

[MARIA]
Woah...

[HAMILTON]
No, show me how to say

[HAMILTON/ENSEMBLE]
No to this

[HAMILTON]
I... don't know how to say

[HAMILTON/ENSEMBLE]
No to this

[HAMILTON]
In my mind, I'm tryna go...

[ENSEMBLE]
Go! Go! Go!

[HAMILTON]
Then her mouth is on mine, and I don't say...

[ENSEMBLE]
No! No!
Say no to this!
No! No!
Say no to this!
No! No!
Say no to this!
No! No!
Say no to this!

[HAMILTON]
I wish I could say that was the last time
I said that last time; it became a pastime
A month into this endeavor, I received a letter
From a Mr. James Reynolds, even better, it said:

[JAMES]
Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health
And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth
In the pockets of people like me: down on their luck
You see, that was my wife who you decided to

[HAMILTON]
Fuuuu—

[JAMES]
Uh-oh, you made the wrong sucker a cuckold
So time to pay the piper for the pants you unbuckled
And hey, you can keep seein' my whore wife
If this price is right: if not, I'm telling your wife

[HAMILTON]
I hid the letter and raced to her place
Screamed, "How could you?!" in her face
She said:

[MARIA]
No, sir!

[HAMILTON]
Half-dressed, apologetic, a mess
She looked pathetic, she cried:

[MARIA]
Please don't go, sir!

[HAMILTON]
So was your whole story a setup?

[MARIA]
I don't know about any letter

[HAMILTON]
Stop crying
Goddamnit, get up!

[MARIA]
I didn't know any better

[HAMILTON]
I am ruined...


[MARIA]
Please don't leave me with him, helpless
Just give him what he wants and you can have me

Whatever you want,

[HAMILTON]
I am helpless—how could I do this?
I don't want you

I don't want you


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[MARIA]
If you pay, you can stay
Tonight
Helpless
Woah
How can you say no to this?


[HAMILTON]
Lord, show me how to say no to this
I don't know how to say no to this
'Cause the situation's helpless
And her body's screaming, "Hell yes"
No, show me how to say no to this
How can I say no to this
There is nowhere I can go
And when her body's on mine I do not say...


[ENSEMBLE]
Say no to this!
Say no to this!
Say no to this!
Say no to this!

Go! Go! Go!


[ENSEMBLE]
No

[HAMILTON]
Yes

[ENSEMBLE]
Say no to this!


[HAMILTON]
Yes
Yes

Yes!

[MARIA]
Yes
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Yes

[ENSEMBLE]
Say no to this!
No!
Say no to this!
No!
Say no to this!
No!

Say no to this!



[HAMILTON]
Say no to this...
I don't say no to this

There is nowhere I can go

[MARIA]
Don't say no to this

[ENSEMBLE]

Go, go, go...


[JAMES]
So?

[HAMILTON]
Nobody needs to know

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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