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"Take A Break (Off-Broadway)" is the 4th song of Act Two and the 28th song overall of the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. The major change of this song is that Hamilton wants to stay in the city for George Washington instead of finishing his plan to Congress.

LyricsEdit


[ELIZA]
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf

Good! Un deux trois quatre

Cinq six sept huit neuf

Sept huit neuf—

Sept huit neuf—

[PHILIP]
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf

Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf

Sept huit neuf—

Sept huit neuf—


[ELIZA & PHILIP]
One two three four
Five six seven eight nine!

[HAMILTON]
My dearest, Angelica
“They have tied me to a stake, I cannot fly
But, bear-like, I must fight the course”
I trust you’ll understand the reference to
Another Scottish tragedy without my having to cite the source
Yes I'm Macbeth, and ambition is my folly
I’m a polymath, a pain in the ass, a massive pain
Madison is Banquo, Jefferson’s Macduff
And Birnam Wood is Congress on its way to Dunsinane

[HAMILTON & ANGELICA]
And there you are, an ocean away
Do you have to live an ocean away?
Thoughts of you subside
Then I get another letter
I cannot put the notion away…

[ELIZA]
Take a break

[HAMILTON]
I am on my way

[ELIZA]
There’s a little surprise before supper
And it cannot wait

[HAMILTON]
I’ll be there in just a minute, save my plate

[ELIZA]
Alexander—

[HAMILTON]
Okay, okay

[ELIZA]
Your son is nine years old today
And he has something that he’d like to say
He’s been practicing all day
Philip, take it away—



[PHILIP]
Daddy, daddy, look—
My name is Philip
I am a poet
I wrote this poem just
To show it
And I just turned nine
You can write rhymes
But you can’t write mine

I practice French
And play piano with my mother

I have a sister, but I want a little brother

My daddy’s trying to start America’s bank

Un deux trois quatre cinq!

[HAMILTON]
What!

Uh-huh!

Okay!

Bravo!



[ELIZA]
Take a break

[HAMILTON]
Hey, our kid is pretty great

[ELIZA]
Run away with us for the summer
Let’s go upstate

[HAMILTON]
Eliza, I’ve got so much on my plate

[ELIZA]
We can all go stay with my father
There’s a lake I know...

[HAMILTON]
I know

[ELIZA]
In a nearby park

[HAMILTON]
I’d love to go

[ELIZA]
You and I can go when the night gets dark

[HAMILTON]
I will try to get away

[ANGELICA]
My dearest Alexander
I hope this letter finds you
Prolific, productive, wherever you may be
Your fav’rite older sister
Angelica, reminds you
There’s someone in your corner all the way across the sea

In a letter I received from you two weeks ago
I noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase
It changed the meaning. Did you intend this?
One stroke and you’ve consumed my waking days
It says:

[HAMILTON & ANGELICA]
“My dearest Angelica”

[ANGELICA]
With a comma after “dearest.” You’ve written

[HAMILTON & ANGELICA]
“My dearest, Angelica.”

[ANGELICA]
Anyway, all this to say
I’m coming home this summer
At my sister’s invitation
I’ll be there with my family
If you make your way upstate
I know you’re very busy
And I know your work’s important
But I’m crossing the ocean and I just can’t wait

[HAMILTON & ANGELICA]
You won’t be an ocean away
You will only be a moment away…

[ELIZA]
Alexander, come downstairs. Angelica’s arriving today!

[ELIZA]
Angelica!

[ANGELICA]
Eliza!

[HAMILTON]
The Schuyler sisters!

[ANGELICA]
Alexander

[HAMILTON]
Hi

[ANGELICA]
It’s good to see your face

[ELIZA]
Angelica, tell this man John Adams spends the summer with his family

[HAMILTON]
Angelica, tell my wife John Adams doesn’t have a real job anyway

[ANGELICA]
You’re not joining us? Wait

[HAMILTON]
I’m afraid I cannot join you upstate

[ANGELICA]
Alexander, I came all this way...

[ELIZA]
She came all this way—

[ANGELICA]
All this way—

[ELIZA & ANGELICA]
Take a break

[HAMILTON]
Washington is staying in the city

[ELIZA & ANGELICA]
Run away with us for the summer
Let’s go upstate

[HAMILTON]
Which means I have to stay in the city

[ELIZA & ANGELICA]
We can all go stay with our father


[ELIZA]
There’s a lake I know

In a nearby park

You and I can go

Take a break and get away—

Let’s go upstate
Where we can stay

Look around, look around
At how lucky we are to be alive right now—

We can go—
When the night gets dark
Take a break


[ANGELICA]
I know I’ll miss your face—

Screw your courage to the sticking place

Eliza’s right—
Take a break

Run away with us for the summer—
Let’s go upstate

We can all go stay with our father
If you take your time—

You will make your mark

Close your eyes and dream—

When the night gets dark
Take a break


[HAMILTON]
I will be in the city
Write to me in the city

Songs in Hamilton (Off-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
Ladies Transition
Helpless
Satisfied
The Story of Tonight (Reprise)
Wait For It
Stay Alive
Ten Duel Commandments
Meet Me Inside
That Would Be Enough
Lafayette Interlude
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 One
Take A Break
Say No To This
The Room Where It Happens
Schuyler Defeated
Cabinet Battle Two
Washington On Your Side
One Last Ride
I Know Him
The Adams Administration
We Know
The Hurricane
Congratulations
Burn
Blow Us All Away
Stay Alive Philip
It's Quiet Uptown
The Election of 1800
Your Obedient Servant
Best of Wives, Best of Women
The World Was Wide Enough
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

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