Morning Song – My Shot
Hamilton is an American musical but it’s a New York story.
And there’s nothing more characteristic of New York City than the challenge/opportunity it affords young people to dream big, remake their lives, and discover resources deep within themselves they didn’t know they possessed.
New York’s a city that guarantees you nothing, but each day gives you another chance. But even that chance guarantees you nothing, because there are thousands of people crowding all around you, struggling for that same chance. All you can do is give it your best shot.
Which is what makes “My Shot” such a quintessentially—and timelessly—New York song. Every day there are young people heading to/arriving at/growing up in New York City who can sing along with John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Aaron Burr, the Marquis de Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton:
I am not throwing away my shot;I am not throwing away my shot;Hey yo, I’m just like my country,I’m young, scrappy and hungry,And I’m not throwing away my shot.