"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story (Off-Broadway)" is the 27th song of Act 2 and the 51st song overall of the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton.


"My very dear Eliza, this letter will not be delivered
to you unless I shall first have terminated my earthly
career to begin a happy immortality. I'd need not tell
you of the pangs I feel from the idea of quitting you
and exposing you to the anguish which I know you would
feel. Nor could I dwell on the topic lest it should
unman me. Fly to the bosom of your God and be
comforted. With my last idea; I shall cherish the
sweet hope of meeting you in a better world.
Adieu best of wives and best of women.
Ever yours, Alexander."

Let me tell you what I wished I'd known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

President Jefferson

With Hamilton gone, I dismantled the Federalist party
He did leave us with good credit though
I got Louisiana on sale

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

President Madison

He was in a position to enrich himself
a thousand ways, and he didn't
Does that make him foolish
Or honest?

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

Every other founding father's story gets told
Every other founding father gets to grow old

And when you're gone who remembers your name
Who keeps your flame
Who tells your story

Who tells your story


I put myself back in the narrative


I stop wasting time on tears
I live another fifty years
It's not enough


I interview every soldier who fought by your side

We tell your story

I try to make sense of your thousands of pages of writings
You really do you write like you're running out of time

I rely on Angelica
While she's alive we tell your story
She is buried in Trinity Church near you
When I needed her most she was right on time

Every day is new
I ask myself what would you do if you had more time
The lord and his kindness, he gives me what you always wanted
He gives me more time

I live to meet so many subsequent presidents

She tells your story

I speak out against slavery
You could have done so much more if you only had time
And I ask myself
Have I done enough
Will they tell your story

Oh, can I show you what I'm proudest of?

The orphanage...

I established the first private orphanage in New York City

The orphanage...

I helped to raise hundreds of children
I get to see them growing up

The orphanage...

In their eyes I see you, Alexander
I see you every time
And when my time is up
Have I done enough
Will they tell your story

Oh, I can't wait to see you again

It's only a matter of


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

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