This song is set after Hamilton dies and it acts as the epilogue. All the people who have ever known Hamilton are there. They explain how Hamilton had helped them and their country. When they ask who will tell their story, Eliza steps in tells us what happens after Hamilton is gone. She lives another 50 years. In those 50 years, she interviews every soldier that fought by Hamilton’s side and tells their story, she reads every piece of writing he wrote, and through it all she had Angelica to lean on. After Angelica dies, she is buried near Hamilton in Trinity Church. Eliza still goes on, raising money for the Washington Monument in D.C. and tells Washington’s story, and she speaks against slavery. The thing she is most proud of is her orphanage, she established the first private orphanage in New York City. She raised hundreds of children and watched them grow up, in each one of them she see Alexander in their eyes. She always wonders what Hamilton could have and would have done if he only had more and she always questions if she has done enough in the amount of time she got.
-George Washington: Ghost of Washington tells Hamilton, “Let me tell you what I wish I’d known” and Eliza, “She tells my story”
-Aaron Burr: Introduced the presidents
-Thomas Jefferson: Was hesitant to admit Hamilton’s work was amazing, “I’ll give him this: his financial system is a / Work of genius. I couldn’t undo it if I tried / And I tried”
-James Madison: Admits “He took our country from bankruptcy to prosperity / I hate to admit it but he doesn’t get enough credit / For all the credit he gave us”
-Angelica Schuyler: Thinks it unfair how “Every other founding father’s story gets told / Every other founding father gets to grow old”
-Eliza Schuyler: Explains everything she did after she lost Hamilton she “stops wasting time on tears”
-Marquis de Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, and John Laurens: Eliza, ‘she tells our story”
My song is more of a plot based song that wraps up the play, so it doesn’t really connect to the revolution as a whole. The most historical event that is mentioned in the song is when Eliza tells us about how she established the first private orphanage in New York City. This event stands out the most to be and I believe it is the most historical because Hamilton was an orphan and he had no where to go from a young age, and even though he went out as a great with many people by his side, he started with no one. Establishing this orphanage has Eliza thinking about Hamilton’s past and how she didn’t want other children to end up with the same fate. If there was an orphanage that Hamilton could’ve gone to when he was young, he may not have done the things he did, but he would’ve had someone to care for him, such as Eliza did for hundreds of children.
The big idea that I chose for my song is Collective identity is constructed and can change over time. I chose this one because throughout the play, there were many people against Hamilton, mainly Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. By the end of the play though, through this final song they both admit that what Hamilton did for their country was unforgettable and unrepayable. They both hate admitting this and they wish they gave him more credit.
What I find particularly interesting about this whole song is the fact that Eliza is going on about all these things she does but then still asks herself if there was anything else she could’ve done. The part I find particularly interesting is when Eliza asks “When my time is up / Have I done enough?” I find this part particularly interested because I feel this is a question we should always ask ourselves when our time is up. Our time can be up for anything, such as a project or a sports season. After either of those we could always ask ourselves if we could have done more. This is also a question I ask myself a lot when working
”Who lives / Who dies / Who tells your story?” – Asks the question of, when we are gone, who will remember us and who will share our story with other people so we are never forgotten.
“I ask myself, ‘What would you do if you had more-’ / Time” – In the following years after losing a loved one, their friends and family will think of all the possibilities they could have used and how they had so much more they should have and could have done.
“When my time is up / Have I done enough?” – A question that we have all asked before, it makes us think back and think we could have done more. When we think about if we have done enough there are always thing that we regret not doing.