Don't Ask Me About Hamilton (Anymore)

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Written by Julian Velard and Grant Black
Published by Chloebro LTD (ASCAP) and Ulysses Music LTD (PRS) © 2017

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My masterpiece got released today
Finally got to sing what I had to say
For 37 years I’ve been doing it wrong
Melody’s good and the rhymes are true
If you like Billy Joel I made it easy for you
Shoulda been a musical instead of a song

I wrote the whole thing with my heart and got rejected
It woulda worked had been lit correctly, choreographed and stage directed
No I’m not a genius, the Pulitzer’s not mine
People tell me I’m a hater but my loved ones know I’m kind
I like to make up stories, that’s what my music’s for
So don’t ask me about Hamilton anymore

You wanna see the hottest show on Broadway
You gonna have to give your first child away
Quite a price to pay for a work of art
You can get my entire life’s work for free
Maybe that’s why nobody listens to me
Instead of playing the fool, I should playing the part

I wrote the whole thing in my head it was inventive
I got to showcase all my talents and the audience was half attentive
No I’m not a genius, the MacArthur Grant’s not mine
People tell me I’m a hater but my loved ones know I’m kind
I like to make up stories, that’s what my music’s for
So don’t ask me about Hamilton anymore

I’m not sure what you want me to say
I listened to the soundtrack, I think that it’s okay
And I hope they give minorities more parts to play
Lin-Manuel, I wish you well
And a thousand years of stories to tell

I wrote the whole thing with my heart it was the greatest
But no one’s ever gonna see it when they’re busy looking for the latest
Name to call a genius, who cares if it’s not mine
The only thing that matters is
My loved ones know I’m kind
And I get to make my stories, that’s what my music’s for
Don’t ask me about Hamilton
Please don’t ask me about Hamilton anymore

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from Fancy Words For Failure, released June 16, 2017

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Julian Velard New York

Julian Velard is a singer, songwriter, and piano man. A biting 21st century wit in a stylish package—think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster—recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents.His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. He is also an instructor for Linkedin Learning. ... more

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