Hamilton - Election of 1800 Lyrics

Broadway musical (2015)
Hamilton the Musical - Election of 1800 Lyrics

"Election of 1800" is a song from the Broadway musical Hamilton performed by Daveed Diggs (Jefferson), Okieriete Onaodowan (Madison), Leslie Odom Jr. (Burr), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton).

[Intro: Thomas Jefferson, (Ensemble)]
The Election of 1800!
Can we get back to politics?

[Verse 1: Thomas Jefferson]
Every action has its equal opposite reaction
John Adams shat the bed;
I love the guy, but he’s in traction
Poor Alexander Hamilton, he is missing in action
So now I’m facing Aaron Burr with his own faction

[James Madison]
He’s very attractive in the North,
New Yorkers like his chances

He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances

Ask him a question, it glances off,
he obfuscates, he dances

And they say I’m a Francophile,
at least they know I know where France is

Thomas, that’s the problem; see,
they see Burr as a less extreme you
You need to change course,
a key endorsement might redeem you

Who did you have in mind?

Don’t laugh

Who is it?

You used to work on the same staff.


[Hook 1: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison]

It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side

[Jefferson and Madison]
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side

[Break: Aaron Burr and (Ensemble)]
Talk less! (Burr!)
Smile more! (Burr!)
Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for! (Burr!)
Shake hands with him! (Burr!)
Charm her! (Burr!)
It’s 1800; ladies, tell your husbands, vote for Burr!

[Verse 2: Various Ensemble]
I don’t like Adams! Well, he’s gonna lose, that’s just defeatist.
And Jefferson? In love with France! Yeah, he’s so elitist!
I like that Aaron Burr! I can’t believe we’re here with him!
He seems approachable? Like you could grab a beer with him

[Bridge 1: (Alexander Hamilton) & Ensemble]
Dear Mr. Hamilton
Your fellow Federalists would like to know how you’ll be voting
(It’s quiet uptown…)
Dear Mr. Hamilton
John Adams doesn’t stand a chance,
so who you are you promoting?
(It’s quiet uptown…)
Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr?
We know, it’s lose/lose
Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr?
But if you had to choose…
Dear Mr. Hamilton
John Adams doesn’t stand a chance,
so who you are you promoting?
But if you had to choose!

[Verse 3: Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr]

Well, if isn’t Aaron Burr, sir.


You’ve created quite a stir, sir.

I’m going door to door!

You’re openly campaigning?


That’s new.

Honestly, it’s kind of draining



Is there anything you wouldn’t do?

No, I’m chasing what I want, and you know what?


I learned that from you

[Bridge 2: James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and (Ensemble)]

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)

…It’s a tie

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)

It’s up to the delegates

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)

[Jefferson and Madison]
It’s up to Hamilton!

(If you had to choose, if you had to choose…)
(Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr?)
(Choose, choose, choose!)

[Verse 4: Alexander Hamilton and (Ensemble)]
(Oh!) The people are asking to hear my voice
(Oh!) But the country is facing a difficult choice
(Oh!) And you were to ask me who I’d promote…
(Oh!) …Jefferson has my vote
(Oh!) I have never agreed with Jefferson once…
(Oh!) We have fought on like 75 different fronts
(Oh!) But when all said and all is done…
Jefferson has beliefs; Burr has none

[Hook 2: Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, James Madison and (Ensemble)]

[Jefferson and Madison]
Well, I’ll be damned! Well, I’ll be damned!

Hamilton’s on your side

(Well, I’ll be damned! Well, I’ll be damned!)

And… you won in a landslide

Congrats on a race well won
I did give you a fight.


I look forward to our partnership.

Our partnership?

As your vice president!

[laughs] Yeah, right!

[Outro: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison]

You hear this guy?
Man openly campaigns against me,
talking ‘bout “I look forward to our partnership!”

It is crazy that the guy who comes in second gets to be vice president

OOOH! Y’know what, we can change that! Y’know why?


‘Cause I’m the president!
When you see Hamilton,
thank him for the endorsement.

[Thanks to Edie for corrections]
[Thanks to Jo for corrections]

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Washington On Your Side
One Last Time
I Know Him
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Election of 1800
Your Obedient Servant
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Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us