Wait For It

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"Wait For It" is the 13th song of Act One of the musical Hamilton.

Aaron Burr sings about his desire to be with the wife of a British officer, Theodosia. His ultimate decision is that he will "wait for it", come an opportunity to be with Theodosia that does not involve ruining his political image or career.

Lyrics

[BURR]
Theodosia writes me a letter every day
I'm keeping her bed warm while her husband is away
He's on the British side in Georgia, he's
Tryna' keep the colonies in line
But he can keep all of Georgia,
Theodosia, she's mine

Love doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes, and it takes, and it takes
And we keep loving anyway
We laugh and we cry
And we break and we make our mistakes

And if there's a reason I'm by her side
When so many have tried
Then I'm willing to wait for it
I'm willing to wait for it

[BURR]
My grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher

[MEN]
Preacher, preacher, preacher

[BURR]
But there are things the homilies
And hymns won't teach ya

[MEN]
Teach ya, teach ya, teach ya

[BURR]
My mother was a genius

[WOMEN]
Genius

[BURR]
My father commanded respect

[MEN]
Respect

[BURR]
When they died they left no instructions
Just a legacy to protect

[BURR & ENSEMBLE]
Death doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints
It takes, and it takes, and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall and we
Break and we make our mistakes

And if there's a reason I'm still alive
When everyone who loves me has died
I'm willing to wait for it
I'm willing to wait for it

Wait for it

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

[BURR]
I am the one thing in life I can control

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

[BURR]
I am inimitable, I am an original

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

[BURR]
I'm not falling behind or running late

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

[BURR]
I'm not standing still
I am lying in wait

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait
Wait
Wait

[BURR]
Hamilton faces an endless uphill climb

[ENSEMBLE]
Climb
Climb
Climb

[BURR]
He has something to prove
He has nothing to lose

[ENSEMBLE]
Lose
Lose
Lose
Lose

[BURR]
Hamilton's pace is relentless
He wastes no time

[ENSEMBLE]
Time
Time
Time

[BURR]
What is it like in his shoes?

Hamilton doesn't hesitate
He exhibits no restraint
He takes and he takes and he takes
And he keeps winning anyway
He changes the game
Plays and he raises the stakes

And if there's a reason he seems to thrive
When so few survive, then Goddamn it
I'm willing to wait for it (willing to wait for it)

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it
Wait for it

[BURR]
I'm willing to wait for it

[BURR & ENSEMBLE]
Life doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes, and it takes, and it takes
We keep living anyway


[BURR]
We rise and we fall
And we break and we make our mistakes
[BURR & ENSEMBLE]
And if there's a reason I'm still alive
When so many have died
Then I'm willin' to

[BURR]
Wait for it

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it

[BURR]
Wait for it
Wait for it

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait for it

[MEN]
Wait for it

[WOMEN]
Wait for it

[MEN]
Wait for it

[WOMEN]
Wait for it

[MEN]
Wait for it

[WOMEN]
Wait for it

[ENSEMBLE]
Wait

Trivia

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote this song on the subway. On his way to a friend's birthday party the chorus came to him, he sang the melody into his iPhone, stayed at his friend's house for 15 minutes and went back on the subway to finish the song.
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