Hey guys! In social studies we are learning about Alexander Hamilton! (although Aaron Burr is better), and I get to research the song, Wait for it, from the musical! Woot woot! Best history lesson ever, just saying.
Here is Sam’s blog, she blogged about the song immediately before me, (The story of tonight reprise), I will link to her actual post as soon as she creates it, but for now it is just her page; Just so you can link to the rest of my classes blogs and read about the musical in order!
Here is my song, which you should totally listen to on repeat because it is AWESOME! Yes, I am recognizing my own bias @Mr. Jackson…
Also, here is the rap genius account for the best song ever… rap genius is really helpful, for anyone here wanting to study a song!
This song (Wait for it) doesn’t go into very much depth with actual history, but it is essential to the plot line! It really gives you a feel of Aaron Burr, the man who eventually shot Hamilton, and his importance in his life.
One of the main themes throughout this musical, is legacy. Hamilton is all about going out into the world, and making people remember you, as he clearly shows in many numbers, mainly My Shot. As he says in Alexander Hamilton, “There are a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.” Aaron Burr is the complete polar opposite human being. He was “Left with a legacy to protect,” while Hamilton set out to make his own reputation, because “He has something to prove, he has nothing to lose.” Burr’s catch phrase is introduced during this song, and is, ironically, “Wait for it.” I know right?!
He is more hidden, and doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, as Hamilton does. He waits for opportunities to come his way, instead of seizing every bit of his free time. He cares just as much about success, but he also doesn’t want to make any mistakes. He is so paranoid, that he doesn’t take any risks, and drives the “safe road” in the game of life.
There are some lines in this song that certainly stand out. Obviously the whole wait for it vs just you wait catchphrase stuff, is important, but there are also lines that are important in a hidden sort of way.
-The song starts off, talking about Theodosia, who was Burr’s love interest, even while she was married to someone else, but that got all sorted out when her husband died.
-The four main topics this song touches on are life, death, love, and Hamilton. Because life and death are obvious opposites; it’s believed that this is foreshadowing to Burr’s eventual feeling towards Hamilton, making love and Hamilton opposites. This would imply that Burr will hate Hamilton in the second act at some point.
-The relationship that Burr and Hamilton had was really, strange. At times, they were downright enemies, but then they were kind of… friendly at other points throughout the play. Confusing. Burr had a major obsession over Hamilton, and obviously respects his “uphill climb”
-Burr also says, “I’m not standing still, I’m lying in wait”, the first time I listened to this, that line totally confused me, because they sort of mean the same thing, don’t they? Again, it’s dealing with the whole waiting for my legacy subject, but it’s also way deeper than that. Lying in wait, is recognized as a type of first degree murder, which Burr committed when he killed Hamilton…
-Finally, my favourite line of all, “I am the one thing in life I can control,” such a classic Burr line, its ridiculous. Hamilton thinks he can change the whole world, control it, as long as he works hard enough to do so. Burr however, believes that god controls all. Besides himself, he can only Wait for others to make decisions, and listen to him.
Here is the rap genius account on the next song, Stay alive
This obviously relates to a bunch of our big ideas, but I think the most obvious connection would be with the, Emerging ideas and ideologies, profoundly influence society and events, because both Hamilton and Burr had completely different and new ideas on how to essentially live life, which causes huge conflict between the two. It also heavily focuses on the content area of local, regional, and global conflicts, for the same reasons.
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