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"The Room Where It Happens" is a song from the musical Hamilton. It feature Aaron Burr singing about how he wants to be in the room where it happens as he foreshadows how he going to kill Hamilton.

Performed by Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson, and Kierite Onandowan as Jame Madison.

Lyrics

Ah, Mister Secretary

Mister Burr, sir

Did'ya hear the news about good old General Mercer

No

You know Clermont Street

Yeah

They renamed it after him, the Mercer legacy is secure

Sure

And all he had to do was die
That's a lot less work
We oughta give it a try

Ha

Now how're you gonna get your debt plan through

I guess I'm gonna fin'ly have to listen to you

Really

Talk less, smile more

Ha

Do whatever it takes to get my plan on the Congress floor

Now, Madison and Jefferson are merciless

Well, hate the sin, love the sinner

Hamilton

I'm sorry Burr, I've gotta go

But

Decisions are happening over dinner

Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room

Diametric'ly opposed, foes

They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were

Previously closed

Bros

The immigrant emerges with unprecedented financial power

A system he can shape however he wants

The Virginians emerge with the nation's capital

And here's the pièce de résistance

No one else was in

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

No one else was in

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

No one really knows how the game is played

The art of the trade

How the sausage gets made

We just assume that it happens

But no one else is in

The room where it happens

Thomas claims

Alexander was on Washington's doorstep one day

In distress 'n disarray

Thomas claims

Alexander said

I've nowhere else to turn

And basic'ly begged me to join the fray

Thomas claims

I approached Madison and said

I know you hate 'im, but let's hear what he has to say

Thomas claims

Well, I arranged the meeting

I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating

But

No one else was in

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

No one else was in

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

No one really knows how the

Parties get to yes

The pieces that are sacrificed in

Ev'ry game of chess

We just assume that it happens

But no one else is in

The room where it happens

Meanwhile

Madison is grappling with the fact that not ev'ry issue can be settled by committee

Meanwhile

Congress is fighting over where to put the capital

It isn't pretty

Then Jefferson approaches with a dinner and invite

And Madison responds with Virginian insight

Maybe we can solve one problem with another and win a victory for the Southerners, in other words

Oh ho

A quid pro quo

I suppose

Wouldn't you like to work a little closer to home

Actually, I would

Well, I propose the Potomac

And you'll provide him his votes

Well, we'll see how it goes

Let's go

No

One else was in

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

No one else was in

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

The room where it happened

My God

In God we trust

But we'll never really know what got discussed

Click-boom then it happened

And no one else was in the room where it happened

Alexander Hamilton

What did they say to you to get you to sell New York City down the river

Alexander Hamilton

Did Washington know about the dinner

Was there Presidential pressure to deliver

Alexander Hamilton

Or did you know, even then, it doesn't matter

Where you put the U.S. Capital

'Cause we'll have the banks

We're in the same spot

You got more than you gave

And I wanted what I got

When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game

But you don't get a win unless you play in the game

Oh, you get love for it, you get hate for it

You get nothing if you

Wait for it, wait for it, wait

God help and forgive me

I wanna build

Something that's gonna

Outlive me

What do you want, Burr

What do you want, Burr

If you stand for nothing

Burr, then what do you fall for

I

Wanna be in

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

I

Wanna be in

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

I

Wanna be

In the room where it happens

I

I wanna be in the room

Oh

Oh

I wanna be in

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

The room where it happens

I wanna be in the room

Where it happens

The room where it happens

The room where it happen

The art of the compromise

Hold your nose and close your eyes

We want our leaders to save the day

But we don't get a say in what they trade away

We dream of a brand new start

But we dream in the dark for the most part

Dark as a tomb where it happens

I've got to be in

The room (where it happens)

I've got to be (the room where it happens)

I've got to be (the room where it happens)

Oh, I've got to be in

The room where it happens

I've got to be, I've gotta be, I've gotta be

In the room
Click boom

Other Appearances

  • The song was featured in the musical's soundtrack album.
  • An instrumental version was featured in the album The Hamilton Instrumentals.

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