“My Shot” from Hamilton

My YouTube channel is getting off to a pretty good start. It’s wonderful to be gaining viewership, but the pressure is on to put out more content. This particular video went live about a week ago, but I haven’t had the opportunity to post it here yet. So here’s the emblematic hit from my current musical obsession, “Hamilton”.

Favorite Lines

  • “Poppin’ a squat on conventional wisdom…” – haha, the imagery
  • “A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists” – say that 3 times fast.
  • “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory” – straight poetry

“Guns and Ships” from Hamilton

There are differing opinions on whether or not this is the fastest song in the history of musical theater, but it is without a doubt breakneck speed at points. I try to read along to spot mistakes when I make these videos, and I had to pause more than a few times. I hope people see/hear some lyrics they couldn’t get before.

A note: I’m not sure if he actually says “fluent in French, ami” (most sites have it as “I mean”), but that’s how I’ve always heard it et je l’aime comme ├ža.

Favorite Lines

  • Everyone give it up for America’s favorite fighting FRENCHMAN!!!
  • Makin’ red coats redder with blood stains.
  • No one has more resilience or matches my practical, tactical brilliance.- and all the aspiring rappers out there just got day jobs.

“Satisfied” from Hamilton

Another color-coded lyrics video from Hamilton.

Renee Elise Goldsberry is now one of my favorite performers of all time and this song is a big reason why. Listening to these songs as intently as I have been has been an extremely gratifying experience and her performance is incredible. From the phrasing to breathing, it’s easily one of my faves.

Favorite Lines

  • “He’s a bit of a flirt, but I’ma give it a chance.”
  • “It’s Ben Franklin with a key and a kite.”
  • “The gossip in New York City is insidious.” – Try saying that 3 times quickly.

“Take a Break” from Hamilton

I’m starting to add lyrics videos to my YouTube channel. I love reading along to my favorite songs and couldn’t think of a better place to start than the Hamilton soundtrack. I started with “Take a Break” because it’s relatively easy, but I’m definitely going to be adding more soon.

Favorite Lines:

  • “You can write rhymes, but you can’t write mine.” – super cute
  • “John Adams doesn’t have a real job anyway.”
  • “Screw your courage to the sticking place.” – always good to brush up on some Shakespeare.