"The Adams Administration (Off-Broadway)" is the 13th song in Act Two and the 37th song overall in the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton.


How does the hot-headed, short-tempered
Protean creator of the Coast Guard
Founder of the New York Post
Ardently abuse his cab’net post
Destroy his reputation?
Welcome, folks, to

The Adams administration!

Jefferson’s the runner-up, which makes him the Vice President

Washington can’t help you now, no more mister nice President

Adams fires Hamilton
Calling him the “creole bastard” in his taunts


Hamilton publishes his response

An open letter to the fat
National embarrassment
Known as President John Adams


The man's irrational. He claims that I'm in league
With Britain in some vast international intrigue?
Bitch, please!
You wouldn't know what I'm doin'
You're always goin' berserk
But ya never show up to work
Give my regards to Abigail
Next time you write about my lack of moral compass
At least I do my job up in this rumpus


The line is behind me
I crossed it again
While the president lost it again
Aw, such a rough life
Better run to your wife
Now the boss is in Boston again
Let me ask you a question. Who sits
At your desk when you're in Massachusetts?
They were calling you a dick back in '76
And you haven't done anything new since
You're a nuisance with no sense
You'll die of irrelevance
Go ahead, you can call me the devil
You aspire to my level
You inspire to malevolence
Say, "Hi," to the Jeffersons!
And spies all around me
Maybe they can confirm
I don't care if I kill my career with this letter
I'm confining you to one term
You fat motherfucker!

He's outta control!

No! This is great. He’s out of power, he holds no office, and he just destroyed the only other significant member of his party-

He’s a host unto himself. As long as he can hold a pen, he’s a threat. Let’s let him know what we know


  • This version has many differences from the one included in the Broadway version, most notably a rap from Alexander Hamilton around the middle of the song criticizing John Adams and refuting claims brought against him.
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
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
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
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