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"What'd I Miss?" is the first song of Act Two of the musical Hamilton.

Beginning Act Two, Thomas Jefferson returns from his somewhat lengthy trip to France and trying to make himself helpful there. A friend of his, Madison, rants to him about Hamilton's financial plan, which he claims is "nothing less than government control"; the men will later find a way, along with Burr, to completely trash Hamilton's reputation.


Seventeen. Se- se- seventeen...
Se-se- seventeen...

How does the bastard orphan
Immigrant decorated war vet
Unite the colonies through more debt?
Fight the other founding fathers til he has to forfeit?
Have it all, lose it all
You ready for more yet?

Treasury Secretary. Washington’s the President
Ev’ry American experiment sets a precedent
Not so fast. Someone came along to resist him
Pissed him off until we had a two-party system
You haven’t met him yet, you haven’t had the chance
‘cause he’s been kickin’ ass as the ambassador to France

But someone’s gotta keep the American promise
You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas!

Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home, Lord he’s
Been off in Paris for so long


France is following us to revolution
There is no more status quo
But the sun comes up
And the world still spins


I helped Lafayette draft a declaration
Then I said, ‘I gotta go
I gotta be in Monticello.'
Now the work at home begins...


So what’d I miss?
What’d I miss?
Virginia, my home sweet home, I wanna give you a kiss
I’ve been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies...
I guess I basic’lly missed the late eighties...
I traveled the wide, wide world and came back to this...


There’s a letter on my desk from the President
Haven’t even put my bags down yet
Sally be a lamb, darlin’, won’tcha open it?
It says the President’s assembling a cabinet
And that I am to be the Secretary of State, great!
And that I’m already Senate-approved...
I just got home and now I’m headed up to New York

Headin’ to New York!
Headin’ to New York!

Lookin’ at the rolling fields
I can’t believe that we are free
Ready to face
Whatever’s awaiting
Me in N.Y.C.

Believe that we are free

But who’s waitin’ for me when I step in the place?
My friend James Madison, red in the face

He grabs my arm and
I respond
“What’s goin’ on?”
Thomas, we are engaged in a battle for our nation’s very soul
Can you get us out of the mess we’re in?


Hamilton’s new financial plan is nothing less
Than government control
I’ve been fighting for the South alone
Where have you been?


We have to win

What’d I miss?
What’d I miss?
Headfirst into a political abyss!
I have my first cabinet meeting today
I guess I better think of something to say
I’m already on my way
Let’s get to the bottom of this...

Wha? Wha? What’d I miss?
I’ve come home to this?
Headfirst, into the abyss!


On my way
What did I miss?
Ahhh ah!

Mr. Jefferson, welcome home-

Mr. Jefferson? Alexander Hamilton

Mr. Jefferson, welcome home

Mr. Jefferson, welcome home
Sir, you’ve been off in Paris for so long!

So what did I miss?


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