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.
George Washington’s yielding his power and stepping away
I wasn’t aware that was something a person could do
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]
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!
Next to Washington, they all look small
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!
“President John Adams”