Let Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘My Shot’ Drafts Inspire You To Keep Working

Sometimes, even the greatest have to try, try and try again.

Thanks to a tweet from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, theater fans were made privy to a few moments that made a movement.

“Songs take time,” he wrote, alongside three images of what appear to be heavily edited early versions of “My Shot,” the song previously sung on stage by Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan and Leslie Odom Jr. in the hit musical.

For those not familiar with the musical earrworm, “My Shot” is the song in which Miranda, playing Alexander Hamilton, recites the words: “Hey yo, I’m just like my country / I’m young, scrappy and hungry / And I’m not throwing away my shot.”

You can see those lyrics scribbled into the left margin of the first piece of paper featured above. Just think of what the song would have been like without that iconic run, which looks squeezed in, last minute, at the beginning of Miranda’s notes.

Probably not like this:



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