Song of the Day #3,985: ‘I Know Him’ – Hamilton cast

Boy, Hamilton sure is brilliant. This ditty from early in Act Two runs less than two minutes and yet captures so much of what is smart, funny and musically interesting about the work.

Coming right after the emotional George Washington send-off ‘One Last Time,’ this playful track serves as King George’s exit and a shift from the Revolutionary period to the messier work of building a new government.

This song, light as it is, also marks the point in the musical where things turn very bad for Alexander Hamilton. The rest of the show marks his descent into sorrow and ultimately death.

[KING GEORGE]
They say
George Washington’s yielding his power and stepping away
‘Zat true?
I wasn’t aware that was something a person could do
I’m perplexed
Are they gonna keep on replacing whoever’s in charge?
If so, who’s next?
There’s nobody else in their country who looms quite as large…

[A sentinel whispers in King George’s ear]

John Adams?!
I know him
That can’t be
That’s that little guy who spoke to me
All those years ago
What was it, eighty-five?
That poor man, they’re gonna eat him alive!
Oceans rise
Empires fall
Next to Washington, they all look small
All alone
Watch them run
They will tear each other into pieces
Jesus Christ, this will be fun!

Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da da dat dat da ya daaaaa!
Hahahahahahahahaha

“President John Adams”
Good Luck

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,985: ‘I Know Him’ – Hamilton cast

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Such a brilliant show, and these ditties from King George serve up the best comedic moments.

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