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"History Has Its Eyes On You" is the 19th song of Act One of Hamilton.

Washington recounts his first battle experience and explains that no matter how hard you try and in how many ways you may succeed, you cannot alter your reputation in others' eyes. You are always watched and recorded by history itself.



I was younger than you are now

When I was given my first command

I led my men straight into a massacre

I witnessed their deaths firsthand

I made every mistake

And felt the shame rise in me

And even now I lie awake

[Washington (Laurens/Mulligan)]

Knowing history has its eyes on me (Whoa oh oh…)




[Hamilton/Washington (Company)]

History has its eyes on me (Whoa oh oh…)





Let me tell you what I wish I'd known

When I was young and dreamed of glory

You have no control

[Washington and Company]

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story


I know that we can win

I know that greatness lies in you

But remember from here on in

[Washington/Hamilton and men (Ensemble)]

History has its eyes on you (Whoa oh oh…)



[Full Company]

History has its eyes on you

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