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Ten Duel Commandments is the 15th song of Act One of the musical Hamilton.

Ten common rules of dueling etiquette are discussed as Hamilton, Laurens, Burr and Lee recite the code duello in preparation for Laurens' and Lee's duel.

LyricsEdit

[MEN]
One, two, three, four

[FULL COMPANY]
Five, six, seven, eight, nine...

[HAMILTON/BURR/LEE/LAURENS]
It's the Ten Duel Commandments

[FULL COMPANY]
It's the Ten Duel Commandments
Number one!

[LAURENS]
The challenge, demand satisfaction
If they apologize, no need for further action

[COMPANY]
Number two!

[LAURENS]
If they don't, grab a friend, that's your second

[HAMILTON]
Your lieutenant, when there's reckoning to be reckoned

[COMPANY]
Number three!

[LEE]
Have your seconds meet face-to-face

[BURR]
Negotiate a peace

[HAMILTON]
Or negotiate a time and place

[BURR]
This is commonplace, 'specially 'tween recruits

[COMPANY]
Most disputes die and no one shoots
Number four!

[LAURENS]
If they don't reach a peace, that's alright
Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site

[HAMILTON]
You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility

[BURR]
You have him turn around so he can have deniability

[COMPANY]
Five!

[LEE]
Duel before the sun is in the sky

[COMPANY]
Pick a place to die where it's high and dry
Number six!

[HAMILTON]
Leave a note for you next of kin
Tell them where you've been
Pray that hell or heaven lets you in

[COMPANY]
Seven

[LEE]
Confess your sins, ready for the moment of adrenaline
When you finally face your opponent

[COMPANY]
Number eight!

[HAMILTON/LEE/BURR/LAURENS]
Your last change to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight

[BURR]
Alexander

[HAMILTON]
Aaron Burr, sir

[BURR]
Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?

[HAMILTON]
Sure
But your man has to answer for his words, Burr

[BURR]
With his life? We both know that's absurd, sir

[HAMILTON]
Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?

[BURR]
Okay, so we're doing this

[COMPANY]
Number nine!

[HAMILTON]
Look 'em in the eye, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count

[MEN]
One, two, three, four

[FULL COMPANY]
Five, six, seven, eight, nine

[HAMILTON & BURR]
Number

[COMPANY]
Ten paces

[HAMILTON & BURR]
Fire!

TriviaEdit

  • The counting-up at the beginning and throughout the song foreshadows a later duel between Philip Hamilton and George Eacker. Philip's mother taught him to count up in French, which is illustrated in "Take A Break", and in various parts in the musical this counting is alluded to; a miscount is heard in Philip Hamilton's duel, after which he is fatally shot.

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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