Lin Manuel Miranda – We Know lyrics

Mister Vice President
Mister Madison
Senator Burr
What is this?

We have the check stubs, from separate accounts

Almost a thousand dollars, paid in different amounts

To a Mister James Reynolds way back in

Seventeen ninety-one

Is that what you have, are you done?

You are uniquely situated by virtue of your position

Though ‘virtue’ is not a word I’d apply to this situation

To seek financial gain, to stray from your sacred mission

And the evidence suggests you’ve engaged in speculation

An immigrant embezzling our government funds

I can almost see the headline, your career is done

I hope you saved some money for your daughter and sons

Ya best g’wan run back where ya come from

Ha you don’t even know what you’re asking me to confess


You have nothing, I don’t have to tell you anything at all



If I can prove that I never broke the law

Do you promise not to tell another soul what you saw?

No one else was in the room where it happened

Is that a yes?

Um, yes

Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health

And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth

In the pockets of people like me, down on their luck

You see, that was my wife who you decided to


She courted me

Escorted me to bed and when she had me in a corner

That’s when Reynolds extorted me

For a sordid fee

I paid him quarterly

I may have mortally wounded my prospects

But my papers are orderly

As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered history

Check it again against your list n’ see consistency

I never spent a cent that wasn’t mine

You sent the dogs after my scent, that’s fine

Yes, I have reasons for shame

But I have not committed treason and sullied my good name

As you can see I have done nothing to provoke legal action

Are my answers to your satisfaction?

My God

Gentlemen, let’s go


The people won’t know what we know


How do I know you won’t use this against me

The next time we go toe to toe?

Alexander, rumors only grow

And we both know what we know

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