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Making The Hamilton Mixtape: Lin-Manuel Miranda explains the stories behind the songs (Entertainment Weekly):

“Dear Theodosia” Regina Spektor featuring Ben Folds and “Dear Theodosia (Reprise)” Chance the Rapper feat. Francis and the Lights

Hamilton and Burr’s lullaby to their newborn children was in high demand: Both Regina Spektor and Chance the Rapper, a new father, requested to cover it. “We were like, ‘Okay, who’s gonna be the bad guy to tell this person that the other one has the song?’” producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson recalls. But when both artists submitted remarkably distinct tracks, the team made an unorthodox choice. “I said, ‘Well, this is a mixtape. There isn’t a rule against what we can do with it,’” says Thompson. “We decided to keep both.”

Ben Folds, for his part, is pleased with that decision: “Reggie sang the s— out of that song,” he says. “I was just happy to be there. I would have been the water boy if she wanted me to… But I was glad I didn’t have rap.”

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“That Would Be Enough” by Alicia Keys

Miranda says his favorite evening during the making of Mixtape started with a phone call. “We got a call from Alicia Keys, who had agreed to do ‘That Would Be Enough,’ saying, ‘She doesn’t want to just send it to you, she wants to play it for you in her studio and talk to you about it,’” Miranda recalls. “I turned to Jonathan Groff [who originated the role of King George on Broadway], who was my roommate at the time, and said, ‘Do you want to come listen to Alicia Keys’s version of the song with me?’” He breaks into excited giggles at the memory. “So we jumped in a car immediately after our show, raced to her studio downtown, and as the Great Blizzard of 2016 started, we were sitting in a room at midnight with Alicia Keys—not only hearing her amazing version of ‘That Would Be Enough,’ but she also played us half the tracks on her new album early.”

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“Burn” by Andra Day

Scheduling issues have kept R&B star Andra Day from catching Hamilton on Broadway (“I’m the only person on the planet who hasn’t seen it,” she says), but she was deeply familiar with the story. “I was actually obsessed with Alexander Hamilton in school,” she says. She chose to cover “Burn” after being drawn to Eliza’s “raw, fiery, painful emotion,” and says it was easy getting into the mindset of Hamilton’s wife when she finds out her husband has had an affair: “I already had such an empathy for her. Even before the show came out, I was like, ‘You know what? The guy’s a dirtbag.’”

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“Washingtons By Your Side” by Wiz Khalifa

While Wiz Khalifa admits that “Dear Theodosia” made him cry when he saw Hamilton, there was only one song he instantly felt he could rework and make his own: Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr’s taunting, “Washington On Your Side.” “I was like, ‘That’s the one,’” he says. Miranda adds, “He was like, ‘I want to do Washington’s On Your Side,’ but I want to be talking about money,’ and we’re like, ‘Go! Go and bring it back!’” The result was a hit with Miranda: “I was just happy he liked the idea,” says Khalifa, “instead of thinking it was kind of weird.”

either save it for surprises or prepare yourself for the full drop with notes on the rest of the Mixtape!

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With every mistake, we must surely be learning / Still, my guitar gently weeps

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Made a lyric comic (rest of it is under the cut to prevent dashboard clogging)

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All my love
In black and white
On this color photograph
Sad sad eyes
Know too much
You will always start to cry
Why should I wait for tomorrow?
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Tout mon amour
Est en noir et blanc
Mes yeux plein de tristesse
Savent très bien
Qu'ils vont se mettre à pleurer.
Pourquoi attendre demain ?
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Regina Spektor - Black and White

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Regina Spektor covers Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” at the Women’s March of LA.

“I am a refugee of this great country. I came as an immigrant. I am so grateful to these United States of America for taking me and so many others in. We are sad, but we’re not in despair. We’re shaken up; we’re not broken. We have love. We have faith. We have light. And we have each other.” (x)

Regina and her family came to the US in the 1980s as refugees to escape anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.