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"The Election of 1800 (Off-Broadway)" is the 22nd song in Act II and the 46th song overall in the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton.

LyricsEdit

[FULL COMPANY]
The election of 1800

[JEFFERSON]
Can we get back to politics?

[MADISON]
Please?

[JEFFERSON]
Yo. Every action has an equal, opposite reaction
John Adams shat the bed. I love the guy, but he’s in traction
Poor Alexander Hamilton? He is missing in action
So now I’m facing—

[JEFFERSON & MADISON]
Aaron Burr!

[JEFFERSON]
With his own faction

[MADISON]
He’s very attractive in the North. New Yorkers like his chances

[JEFFERSON]
He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances

[MADISON]
Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances

[JEFFERSON]
And they say I’m a Francophile: at least they know I know where France is!

[MADISON]
Thomas that’s the problem, see, they see Burr as a less extreme you

[JEFFERSON]
Ha!

[MADISON]
You need to change course, a key endorsement might redeem you

[JEFFERSON]
Who did you have in mind?

[MADISON]
Don’t laugh

[JEFFERSON]
Who is it?

[MADISON]
You used to work on the same staff

[JEFFERSON]
Whaaaat

[MADISON]
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side
It might be nice, it might be nice
To have some pressure indirectly applied

[JEFFERSON]
Just tell him that Burr might win

[MADISON]
He might!

[JEFFERSON]
He'll act out of pride

[MADISON]
He can't help himself

[JEFFERSON & MADISON]
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side


[BURR]
Talk less!

Smile more!

Don’t let ‘em know what you’re against or what you’re for

Shake hands with him

Charm her

It’s eighteen hundred, ladies, tell your husbands: vote for Burr!


[ENSEMBLE]
Burr!

Burr!


Burr!

Burr!

Burr!

Burr!


[MALE VOTER]
I don’t like Adams

[FEMALE VOTER]
Well, he’s gonna lose, that’s just defeatist

[ANOTHER MALE VOTER]
And Jefferson—

[TWO MEN]
In love with France!

[ANOTHER FEMALE VOTER]
Yeah, he’s so elitist!

[TWO WOMEN]
I like that Aaron Burr!

[A WOMAN]
I can’t believe we’re here with him!

[A MAN]
He seems approachable?

[ANOTHER MALE VOTER]
Like you could grab a beer with him!

[ENSEMBLE]
Dear Mr. Hamilton: your fellow Fed'ralists would like to know how you’ll be voting

[HAMILTON]
It’s quiet uptown

[ENSEMBLE]
Dear Mr. Hamilton: John Adams doesn’t stand a chance, so who are you promoting?

[HAMILTON]
It’s quiet uptown...


[MEN]
Jefferson or Burr?
We know it’s lose-lose
Jefferson or Burr?

Jefferson or Burr?
We know it’s lose-lose
Jefferson or Burr?

But if you had to choose
But if you had to choose


[WOMEN]
Jefferson or Burr?
We know it’s lose-lose

Jefferson or Burr?
But if you had to choose

[EVEN MORE VOTERS]
Dear Mr. Hamilton:

John Adams doesn’t stand a chance so who are you promoting?
But if you had to choose

[WOMEN]
Jefferson or Burr?
We know it’s lose-lose

Jefferson or Burr?
But if you had to choose


[HAMILTON]
Well, if it isn’t Aaron Burr. Sir!

[BURR]
Alexander!

[HAMILTON]
You’ve created quite a stir, sir!

[BURR]
I’m going door to door!

[HAMILTON]
You’re openly campaigning?

[BURR]
Sure!

[HAMILTON]
That’s new

[BURR]
Honestly, it’s kind of draining

[HAMILTON]
Burr—

[BURR]
Look
To be the president you have to be on precedent

[HAMILTON]
Okay I guess but take your line of reasoning and extend it
Is there anything you wouldn't do?

[BURR]
No. I’m chasing what I want
And you know what?

[HAMILTON]
What?

[BURR]
I learned that from you

[MADISON]
The votes are in
And I'll be damned

[JEFFERSON]
Well?

[MADISON]
The electoral college is a tie
Now it's up to the Federalist delegates that Hamilton has in his pocket
He could decide this election

[ENSEMBLE]
If you had to choose
If you had to choose

[HAMILTON]
Yo
I probably shouldn't be adding my voice
But the people are facing a difficult choice
And if you were to ask me who I’d prefer—
—Don't vote Burr

I have never agreed with Jefferson once
We've been fighting on like twenty five different fronts
But when all is said and all is done
Jefferson has beliefs; Burr has none

[ENSEMBLE]
Ooooooh

[MADISON & JEFFERSON]
Well, I’ll be damned
Well, I’ll be damned

[MADISON]
Hamilton’s on your side

[ENSEMBLE]
Well, I’ll be damned
Well, I’ll be damned

[JEFFERSON]
Well?

[MADISON]
You won in a landslide

[BURR]
Congrats on a race well-run
I did give you a fight

[JEFFERSON]
Uh-huh

[BURR]
I look forward to our partnership

[JEFFERSON]
Our partnership?

[BURR]
As your vice-President

[JEFFERSON]
Ha, yeah, right
You hear this guy? Man openly campaigns against me, talking 'bout, "I look forward to our partnership"

[MADISON]
It's crazy that the guy who comes in second gets to be Vice President

[JEFFERSON]
Yeah, you know what? We can change that, you know why?

[MADISON]
Why?

[JEFFERSON]
'cause I'm the President

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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