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The Room Where It Happens is the 5th song of Act Two of Hamilton.

Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton confer over the nation's affairs, "opening doors that were previously closed", or, in other words, creating new opportunities for America's financial progress. Hamilton receives enormous financial power while Jefferson and Madison's bargain is, essentially, to move the nation's capital to a site closer to their Virginian residences.

LyricsEdit

[BURR]
Ah, Mister Secretary

[HAMILTON]
Mister Burr, sir

[BURR]
Did ya hear the news about good old General Mercer?

[HAMILTON]
No

[BURR]
You know Clermont Street?

[HAMILTON]
Yeah

[BURR]
They renamed it after him. The Mercer legacy is secure

[HAMILTON]
Sure

[BURR]
And all he had to do was die

[HAMILTON]
That’s a lot less work

[BURR]
We oughta give it a try

[HAMILTON]
Ha

[BURR]
Now how’re you gonna get your debt plan through?

[HAMILTON]
I guess I’m gonna finally have to listen to you

[BURR]
Really?

[HAMILTON]
“Talk less. Smile more.”

[BURR]
Ha

[HAMILTON]
Do whatever it takes to get my plan on the Congress floor

[BURR]
Now, Madison and Jefferson are merciless.

[HAMILTON]
Well, hate the sin, love the sinner

[MADISON]
Hamilton!

[HAMILTON]
I’m sorry Burr, I’ve gotta go

[BURR]
But—

[HAMILTON]
Decisions are happening over dinner

[BURR]
Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room

[BURR & ENSEMBLE]
Diametrically opposed, foes

[BURR]
They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were

[BURR & ENSEMBLE]
Previously closed

[ENSEMBLE]
Bros

[BURR]
The immigrant emerges with unprecedented financial power
A system he can shape however he wants
The Virginians emerge with the nation’s capital
And here’s the pièce de résistance:


[BURR]
No one else was in
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
No one else was in
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened

No one really knows how the game is played
The art of the trade
How the sausage gets made
We just assume that it happens
But no one else is in
The room where it happens


[ENSEMBLE]
The room where it happened

The room where it happened

Game is played

How the sausage gets made

Assume that it happens

The room where it happens



[BURR & COMPANY]
Thomas claims—

[JEFFERSON]
Alexander was on Washington’s doorstep one day
In distress ‘n disarray

[BURR & COMPANY]
Thomas claims—

[JEFFERSON]
Alexander said—

[HAMILTON]
I’ve nowhere else to turn!

[JEFFERSON]
And basically begged me to join the fray

[BURR & COMPANY]
Thomas claims—

[JEFFERSON]
I approached Madison and said:
“I know you hate him, but let’s hear what he has to say.”

[BURR & COMPANY]
Thomas claims—

[JEFFERSON]
Well, I arranged the meeting
I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating

[BURR]
But!
No one else was in—

[BURR & COMPANY]
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened

[BURR]
No one else was in—

[BURR & COMPANY]
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened


[BURR]
No one really knows how the
Parties get to yes
The pieces that are sacrificed in
Every game of chess
We just assume that it happens
But no one else is in<
The room where it happens


[COMPANY]
Parties get to yes

Ev’ry game of chess

Assume that it happens

The room where it happens


[BURR & COMPANY]
Meanwhile—

[BURR]
Madison is grappling with the fact that not ev’ry issue can be settled by committee

[COMPANY]
Meanwhile—

[BURR]
Congress is fighting over where to put the capital—

Company screams in chaos

[BURR]
It isn’t pretty
Then Jefferson approaches with a dinner and invite
And Madison responds with Virginian insight:

[MADISON]
Maybe we can solve one problem with another and win a victory for the Southerners, in other words—

[JEFFERSON]
Oh-ho!

[MADISON]
A quid pro quo

[JEFFERSON]
I suppose

[MADISON]
Wouldn’t you like to work a little closer to home?

[JEFFERSON]
Actually, I would

[MADISON]
Well, I propose the Potomac

[JEFFERSON]
And you’ll provide him his votes?

[MADISON]
Well, we’ll see how it goes

[JEFFERSON]
Let’s go

[BURR]
No!

[COMPANY]
—one else was in
The room where it happened

[BURR & COMPANY]
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
No one else was in
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened

[BURR]
My God!

[BURR & COMPANY]
In God we trust
But we’ll never really know what got discussed
Click-boom, then it happened

[BURR]
And no one else was in the room where it happened

[COMPANY]
Alexander Hamilton!

[BURR]
What did they say to you to get you to sell New York City down the river?

[COMPANY]
Alexander Hamilton!

[BURR]
Did Washington know about the dinner?
Was there Presidential pressure to deliver?

[COMPANY]
Alexander Hamilton!

[BURR]
Or did you know, even then, it doesn’t matter
Where you put the U.S. Capital?

[HAMILTON]
Cuz we’ll have the banks
We’re in the same spot

[BURR]
You got more than you gave

[HAMILTON]
And I wanted what I got
When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game
But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game
Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it
You get nothing if you...

[HAMILTON & COMPANY]
Wait for it, wait for it, wait!

[HAMILTON]
God help and forgive me
I wanna build something
That’s gonna outlive me


[HAMILTON/MADISON/WASHINGTON/JEFFERSON]
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want, Burr?

If you stand for nothing
Burr, then what do you fall for?


[COMPANY]
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want, Burr?

What do you want, Burr?
What do you want?



[BURR]
I
Wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens

I...
Wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens


[BURR]
I

Wanna be<
In the room where it happens

I...
I wanna be in the room...
Oh
Oh

I wanna be
I wanna be

I’ve got to be
I’ve got to be
In that room
In that big ol’ room


[COMPANY]
I wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens

I wanna be in the room
Where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
I wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens

I wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens


[COMPANY]
The art of the compromise:

[BURR]
Hold your nose and close your eyes

[COMPANY]
We want our leaders to save the day—

[BURR]
But we don’t get a say in what they trade away

[COMPANY]
We dream of a brand new start—

[BURR]
But we dream in the dark for the most part

[BURR & COMPANY]
Dark as a tomb where it happens


[BURR]
I’ve got to be in
The room...

I’ve got to be...

I’ve got to be...

Oh, I’ve got to be in
The room where it happens...
I’ve got to be, I’ve gotta be, I’ve gotta be...
In the room!

Click-boom!


[COMPANY]
The room where it happens

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

I wanna be in the room
Where it happens

Click-boom!

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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