Dear Theodosia is the 22nd song of Act One of the musical Hamilton.

Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton sing of their hopes for the futures of their loved ones - for Burr being his daughter Theodosia and for Hamilton, his son, Philip. They vow to be there for their children, to substitute for the absence of their fathers during their childhoods.


Dear Theodosia, what to say to you?
You have my eyes, you have your mother's name
When you came into the world you cried,
and it broke my heart.

I'm dedicating every day to you
Domestic life was never quite my style
When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart
And I thought I was so smart

You will come of age with our young nation
We'll bleed and fight for you
We'll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation
We'll pass it on to you
We'll give the world to you
And you'll blow us all away, someday, someday
Yeah, you'll blow us all away, someday, someday

Oh... Philip, when you smile I am undone
My son. Look at my son
Pride is not the word I'm looking for

There is so much more inside me now
Oh, Philip, you outshine the morning sun
My son
When you smile, I fall apart
And I thought I was so smart

My father wasn't around

My father wasn't around


I swear that

I'll be around for you


I'll be around for you

I'll do whatever it takes

I'll make a million mistakes

I'll make the world safe and sound for you...
...will come of age with our young nation
We'll bleed and fight for you, we'll make it right for you
And you'll blow us all away, someday, someday...
Yeah, you'll blow us all away
Someday, someday...


  • Lin-Manuel Miranda stated that though this song is meant to be sweet, there is also a hint of irony in its lyrics [1]. Though both men sing of keeping their children safe from harm, Philip was shot to death in a duel [died by bullet wound] and Theodosia was lost at sea. In his words, "both were literally or figuratively blown away at the prime of life".
    • The irony in these words is revealed in Blow Us All Away, which are the exact lyrics in this song but used in an event when Philip is caught in a duel which will, eventually, end his life.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the song the week he adopted his dog Tobillo.
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
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
Tomorrow There'll Be More Of Us
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
The Reynolds Pamphlet
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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