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11 Hamilton: An American Musical Songs That Never Made It Into the Broadway Show

There's a third Cabinet Battle!

Lindsay MacDonald

Hamilton: An American Musical has officially debuted on Disney+, and once again, it seems like the whole world is obsessed with it! Hamilton is gaining new fans every day, and if you're one of them, you might not know one very important thing: There are a ton of deleted songs that never made it into the show.

It took Lin-Manuel Miranda six years to write Hamilton, during which time many songs were re-written, edited down, or cut from the show entirely. Luckily for superfans though, many of those cut songs still exist, either as live recordings or extras on the Hamilton Mixtape. If you're dying for more Hamilton after seeing the show on Disney+, obsessively listening to all the extras is the logical next step in your spiral into becoming Hamilton trash. 

Here are all the songs you never knew you needed that didn't make it into the final show.

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"No John Trumbull"

Originally following Jefferson's (Daveed Diggs) "What Did I Miss", "No John Trumbull" led directly into the "Cabinet Battle #1" as a preamble of sorts. The song sets the stage for the debate to come, alluding to the fact that the founding fathers weren't exactly in harmony with one another and cabinet meetings often became "rumbles." One can assume it was cut because Cabinet Battle #1 is so heated you don't really need anyone to tell you ahead of time that Hamilton and Jefferson are not going to get along. You can find this song and many of the others on this list on the Hamilton Mixtape.

"Schuyler Defeated" (Original Version)

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton


While you may remember this song from the final production, there is another, longer version of Schuyler Defeated. In it, Burr (Leslie Odom, Jr.) has not yet defeated Hamilton's father-in-law Philip Schuyler in his Senate race, but that doesn't stop Eliza (Phillipa Soo) from rushing downtown to try to keep her husband from going off. Naturally, he goes off anyways.  
This song is not available for purchase but can be found on Youtube

"Let It Go"

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo, Hamilton


No, not the Frozen song! "Let It Go," immediately follows the version of "Schuyler Defeated" above. This is a completely deleted song that never made it into the musical, in which Eliza and George Washington (Christopher Jackson) try to convince Hamilton not to challenge Burr to duel over what Hamilton sees as an attack on his family.
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"Cabinet Battle #3"

Yes, there is an entire rap battle that got cut from the show, and yes, we're still mad about it. In the third Cabinet Battle, Hamilton and Jefferson debate the abolition of slavery. While Jefferson is obviously against abolishing it given that he was a slave-owner, Hamilton argues vehemently in favor of abolition, arguing it is a stain on their souls. He even calls out Jefferson and Washington for owning slaves. Miranda released this additional rap battle on the Hamilton Mixtape, singing all the parts himself.

"One Last Ride"

Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton


"One Last Time" was originally called "One Last Ride," and it had a whole verse about the Whiskey Rebellion that never made it into the final version. Instead of segueing right into writing his farewell address after telling Hamilton he won't run for president again, Washington and Hamilton ride to Western Pennsylvania to put down a small rebellion of citizens who are unhappy with the Whiskey Tax. Hamilton can notably be heard screaming "Pay your f---ing taxes!" in the midst of Washington's "outgunned and outmanned" lyrics.
This song is not available for purchase but can be found on Youtube

"The Adams Administration" (Original Version)

In the "The Adams Administration," Hamilton responds to an insult from President John Adams with a simple, "Sit down, John, you fat motherf---er." In the original version of the song, however, he raps a scathing open letter to the President full of historically-based shade like the fact that Adams was frequently in Boston rather than the capital and that he was so unpopular he'd only serve one term. We get they had to cut some things for time, but editing out this work of art is a crime!


"Congratulations" is another entirely deleted song, which would have gone between "The Reynolds Pamphlet" and "Burn." In it, Angelica (Renée Elise Goldsberry) shows up to read Hamilton for filth about publishing the details of his affair. A few of her lyrics ended up in "The Reynolds Pamphlet," but most of Angelica's righteous anger was left on the cutting room floor. 

"Burn" (Original Version)

In this first draft of "Burn," we get a much angrier version of Eliza that rails at Hamilton's infidelity and his flirtatious behavior with other women. She even reveals that she knows about his infatuation with Angelica, singing, "I see how you look at my sister." Unlike most of the songs on this list, the original version of "Burn" was never performed in the workshop or off Broadway, so Miranda released it as a Hamildrop performed by several actresses who have played Eliza, Ari Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go, and Shoba Narayaran.

"Dear Theodosia" Reprise

Everyone knows "Dear Theodosia" was a sweet song to show that Burr and Hamilton were getting older and having kids, but the reprise revealed that Burr's wife (also named Theodosia) had died. In this heartbreaking reprise, Burr sings to his daughter, telling her that her mother is gone.

"Your Obedient Servant" (Original Version)

Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton 


The original version of"Your Obedient Servant" was actually very similar to the version that made it into the show, though those lyrics were ultimately polished down and perfected. The one major change to the song is in one of Hamilton's last letters, when he uses Theodosia's death as a jab at Burr, after which, Burr challenges him to a duel. 
This song is not available for purchase, but can be found on Youtube.

"Ten Things, One Thing"

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton


"Ten Things, One Thing" was eventually turned into "The World Was Wide Enough," and many of Burr's lyrics about his duel with Hamilton made it through the rewrite. In the original version though, after Burr fires at Hamilton, the song rewinds and we hear about the lead-up to duel from Hamilton's point of view. He reflects on how he plans to throw away his shot, his son's death, and his belief that Burr will not kill him.
This song is not available for purchase, but can be found on Youtube.

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