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Stay Alive is the 14th song of Act One of Hamilton.

Hamilton distresses that their stakes in the coming war are getting higher. He and Washington outline a plan in order to win the battle; Washington refuses Hamilton his coveted command and instead gives it to Charles Lee, who retreats at a vulnerable time and consequentially forces Washington to set Lafayette to take the lead in his place.

Washington forbids Hamilton from dueling Lee, claiming that "history will prove him wrong". So that he will not disobey direct orders from his commander, John Laurens offers to duel Lee on Hamilton's behalf.

LyricsEdit

[ELIZA]
Stay alive...

[ELIZA/ANGELICA/ENSEMBLE WOMEN]
Stay alive...

[HAMILTON]
I have never seen the General so despondent
I have taken writing all his correspondence
Congress writes, "George, attack the British forces."
I shoot back, "We have resorted to eating our horses."
Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance
They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence

[WASHINGTON]
The cavalry's not coming

[HAMILTON]
But sir—

[WASHINGTON]
Alex, listen.
There's only one way for us to win this
Provoke outrage, outright

[HAMILTON]
That's right

[WASHINGTON]
Don't engage, strike by night
Remain relentless 'til their troops take flight

[HAMILTON]
Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight

[WASHINGTON]
Outrun

[HAMILTON]
Outrun

[WASHINGTON]
Outlast

[HAMILTON]
Outlast

[WASHINGTON]
Hit 'em quick, get out fast

[HAMILTON]
Chick-a-plao!

[WASHINGTON]
Stay alive 'til this horror show is past
We're gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]
Raise a glass

[MULLIGAN]
I go back to New York and my apprenticeship

[LAFAYETTE]
I ask for French aid, I pray that France has sent a ship

[LAURENS]
I stay at work with Hamilton
We write essays against slavery
And every day's a test of our camaraderie
And bravery

[HAMILTON]
We cut supply lines, we steal contraband
We pick and choose our battles and
Places to take a stand
And every day, "Sir, entrust me with a command."
And every day—

[WASHINGTON]
No

[HAMILTON]
He dismisses me out of hand


[HAMILTON]
Instead of me, he promotes Charles Lee
Makes him second-in-command


[LEE]
Charles Lee


[ELIZA & ANGELICA]
Stay alive...


[LEE]
I'm a general. Whee!

[HAMILTON]
Yeah...
He's not the choice I would've gone with

[HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS]
He shits the bed at the Battle of Monmouth

[WASHINGTON]
Everyone attack!

[LEE]
Retreat!

[WASHINGTON]
Attack!

[LEE]
Retreat!

[WASHINGTON]
What are you doing, Lee?
Get back on your feet

[LEE]
But there's so many of them!

[WASHINGTON]
I'm sorry, is this not your speed?
Hamilton

[HAMILTON]
Ready, sir!

[WASHINGTON]
Have Lafayette take the lead

[HAMILTON]
Yes, sir!

[LAURENS]
A thousand soldiers die in a hundred degree heat

[LAFAYETTE]
As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat

[HAMILTON]
Charles Lee was left behind without a pot to piss in
He started saying this to anybody who would listen:

[LEE]
Washington cannot be left alone to his devices
Indecisive, from crisis to crisis
The best thing he can do for the revolution is
Turn n' go back to plantin' tobacco in Mount Vernon

[COMPANY]
Oooh!

[WASHINGTON]
Don't do a thing. History will prove him wrong

[HAMILTON]
But sir!

[WASHINGTON]
We have a war to fight, let's move along

[LAURENS]
Strong words from Lee, someone ought to hold him to it

[HAMILTON]
I can't disobey direct orders

[LAURENS]
Then I'll do it
Alexander, you're the closest friend I've got

[HAMILTON]
Laurens, do not throw away your shot


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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