We read plays as literature. What about reading musicals as literature?

For this assignment, listen to & read the soundtrack to Lin Manuel Miranda’s HamiltonAn American Musical, as posted below. See the two links below: “Read lyrics here” and “Listen to songs here”.

AS YOU READ: What do you notice? What stands out to you? What you like or dislike? What do you agree with or disagree with? What questions do you have? Please take notes on what you notice (by the time you have listened to all the songs, about 1/2 to a full page of notes would be useful. You do not need to take notes on every song).

Read lyrics here: http://www.themusicallyrics.com/h/351-hamilton-the-musical.html 

Listen to songs here: https://archive.org/details/HamiltonMusical/1-01+Alexander+Hamilton.m4a **

** Please see the following links for the following songs, as you get to them in the order you are listening:

(2) Aaron Burr, Sir (link to clean edit)

(9) A Winter’s Ball– skip this song.

(19) Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) (or skip from 2:06-2:1.)

(26) Say No To This (link to Wikipedia page)

(30) Washington On Your Side (or, skip 2:12- 2:16)


(If you have access, below is another GREAT option) Click on the link– which will take you to genius.com where you can play the song at the top of the page while you read the lyrics and explore the annotations.


1. Alexander Hamilton

2. Aaron Burr, Sir

3. My Shot

4. The Story of Tonight

5. The Schuyler Sisters

6. Farmer Refuted

7. You’ll Be Back

8. Right Hand Man

9. A Winter’s Ball

10. Helpless

11. Satisfied

12. The Story of Tonight (Reprise)

13. Wait For It

14. Stay Alive

15. Ten Duel Commandments

16. Meet Me Inside

17. That Would Be Enough

18. Guns and Ships

19. Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)

20. What Comes Next

21. Dear Theodosia

22. Non Stop


23. What’d I Miss

24. Cabinet Battle #1

25. Take A Break

26. Say No To This

27. The Room Where It Happens

28. Schuyler Defeated

29. Cabinet Battle #2

30. Washington On Your Side

31. One Last Time

32. I Know Him

33. The Adams Administration

34. We Know

35. Hurricane

36. The Reynolds Pamphlet

37. Burn

38. Blow Us All Away

39. Stay Alive (Reprise)

40. It’s Quiet Uptown

41. The Election of 1800

42. Your Obedient Servant

43. Best of Wives and Best of Women

44. The World Was Wide Enough

45. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story


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