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Hamilton Cabinet Battle 1 Chords

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[Intro]
Em
Ladies and gentlemen, you coulda been anywhere in the world tonight, 
but you’re here with us in New York City. Are you ready for a cabinet meeting???

Em
The issue on the table: Secretary Hamilton’s plan to assume state debt and establish a national bank. 
Em
Secretary Jefferson, you have the floor, sir

[Verse]
Em
‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ We fought for these ideals; we shouldn’t settle for less
Em
These are wise words, enterprising men quote ‘em Don’t act surprised, you guys, cuz I wrote ‘em
 

Em
Owww, But Hamilton forgets
Bm
His plan would have the government assume state’s debts
Em
Now, place your bets as to who that benefits:
Bm
The very seat of government where Hamilton sits

C
Not true! Ooh, if the shoe fits, wear it If New York’s in debt— Why should Virginia bear it? 
D
Uh! Our debts are paid, I’m afraid Don’t tax the South cuz we got it made in the shade

Em
In Virginia, we plant seeds in the ground
Bm
We create. You just wanna move our money around
Em
This financial plan is an outrageous demand
Bm
And it’s too many damn pages for any man to understand

C
Stand with me in the land of the free
And pray to God we never see Hamilton’s candidacy
D
Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky
Imagine what gon’ happen when you try to tax our whisky

Em
Thank you, Secretary Jefferson. Secretary Hamilton, your response

[Verse]
Em
Thomas. That was a real nice declaration Welcome to the present, we’re running a real nation
Em
Would you like to join us, or stay mellow Doin’ whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?

Em
If we assume the debts, the union gets
Bm
A new line of credit, a financial diuretic
Em
How do you not get it? If we’re aggressive and competitive
Bm
The union gets a boost. You’d rather give it a sedative?

C
A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor Your debts are paid cuz you don’t pay for labor
D
“We plant seeds in the South. We create.” Yeah, keep ranting We know who’s really doing the planting


Em
And another thing, Mr. Age of Enlightenment
Bm
Don’t lecture me about the war, you didn’t fight in it
Em
You think I’m frightened of you, man?
We almost died in a trench
Bm
While you were off getting high with the French

Em
Thomas Jefferson, always hesitant with the President Reticent—there isn’t a plan he doesn’t jettison
Em
Madison,you’re mad as a hatter,son,take your medicine Damn,you’re in worse shape than the national debt is in

N.C.
Sittin’ there useless as two shits
Hey, turn around, bend over, I’ll show you
Where my shoe fits

Em
Excuse me? Jefferson, Madison, take a walk! Hamilton, 
take a walk! We’ll reconvene after a brief recess. Hamilton!
Sir!
A word
 
[Chorus]
Em
You don’t have the votes You don’t have the votes Aha-ha-ha ha!
Em
You’re gonna need congressional approval and you don’t have the votes
Em
Such a blunder sometimes it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder Why he even brings the thunder…

[Outro]
Em/B                       Em/C
You wanna pull yourself together?

Em/C#                             Em/C
I’m sorry, these Virginians are birds of a feather

Em/B                             Em/C
Young man, I’m from Virginia, so watch your mouth

Em/C#                             Em/C
So we let Congress get held hostage by the South?

Em/B                  Em/C
You need the votes No, we need bold strokes. 

Em/C#                       Em/C
We need this plan No, you need to convince more folks

Em/B                            Em/C
James Madison won’t talk to me, that’s a nonstarter

N.C.
Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder

Em/B                        Em/C
They’re being intransigent You have to find a compromise
Em/C#                                             Em/C
But they don’t have a plan, they just hate mine! Convince them otherwise

Em/B                           Em/C
What happens if I don’t get congressional approval?
Em
I imagine they’ll call for your removal

Em
Sir—

Em
Figure it out, Alexander. That’s an order from your commander
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