Wait for It (song)

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"Wait for It"
Song by Leslie Odom Jr. & the Cast of Hamilton
from the album Hamilton
Released 2015 (2015)
Length 3:14
Songwriter(s) Lin-Manuel Miranda

"Wait for It" is the thirteenth song from Act 1 of the musical Hamilton, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote both the music and lyrics to the song. It speaks of Aaron Burr's undying determination in the face of Hamilton's swift rise to influence and power.[1]


Miranda explained that the song's refrain appeared to him essentially in its final state while taking the subway to a friend's party. He sang the melodic refrain into his iPhone, briefly attended the party, then completed the song on his trip home.[2]

He has commented that "Wait for It" and "The Room Where It Happens" are "two of the best songs I've ever written in my life and Leslie Odom Jr. got them both".[3] Odom originated the role of Aaron Burr on Broadway. Miranda further explained the out-of-context significance of the song: "I feel like I have been Burr in my life as many times as I have been Hamilton. I think we've all had moments where we've seen friends and colleagues zoom past us, to success, or to marriage, or to homeownership, while we lingered where we were—broke, single, jobless. And you tell yourself, 'Wait for it.'"[2]


After contemplating his own misfortunes, and Alexander Hamilton's successes, Aaron Burr decides to hang on for now and lie in wait, knowing that his time to shine is coming soon.[4] The A.V. Club further explains "the song finds sympathy for Burr's chronic caution; with a legacy and reputation to protect, he can't risk as much as the ambitious Hamilton, and what will become a murderous rage begins here as mournful jealousy over his rival's ability to openly work for what he wants and believes in".[5]


Pitchfork wrote that the song "moves with a dancehall lilt".[6] Allmusic described it as a "tender pop ballad".[7]

Critical reception

The song has received critical acclaim. The Huffington Post wrote that the song "has perhaps the most profound lyrics of the entire libretto", and praised its ability to present Burr as a tragic hero rather than a villain, noting "it complicates everything that comes after because we find ourselves rooting for him".[8] Jezebel noted that this song is "stand-alone enough outside the narrative that it contains no real spoilers", and further described it as a "rich...post-Gyptian meditation".[9] Vibe wrote that in this song, Burr "lifts his own spirits up,"[4]

The A.V. Club listed it as one of 20 musical theater numbers from the past 20 years that should become standards, writing that the number, "one of the catchiest, most haunting numbers of an already landmark show...may be the track that best expresses the show's complex perspective".[5] New York Theatre said it was "one of Odom's show-stopping numbers in the musical".[10]

The Daily Telegraph said it is an "instant classic anthem".[11] Screen Fellows writes that the "powerful" song "make[s] a moving case for [Burr's] humanity" by portraying him as an "ultimately sympathetic character".[12] DVC Inquirer deemed it a "standout track".[13] Vogue praised the song as being a "Broadway crossover hits [that] sound[s] like bona fide iTunes single".[14]


Leslie Odom Jr. performed the song for the 2015 cast album.

The Hamilton Mixtape, which was released in December 2016, includes a recording of the song in a different arrangement with Usher as the lead vocalist.


  1. ^ "Review of Hamilton, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, at The Public Theater's Astor Place". New York Theatre Guide. 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Rebecca Mead (9 February 2015). "All About the Hamiltons". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ Rembert Browne. "Genius: A Conversation With 'Hamilton' Maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda". Grantland.
  4. ^ a b "Going H.A.M.: A Track-By-Track Review Of The 'Hamilton' Soundtrack". Vibe.
  5. ^ a b "Beyond "I Dreamed A Dream": 20 musical theater numbers that should become standards".
  6. ^ "Various Artists". Pitchfork.
  7. ^ Marcy Donelson. "Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "I Have an Opinion on Every Song in "Hamilton"". The Huffington Post. 1 October 2015.
  9. ^ Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. "Should You Listen to the Soundtrack to Hamilton If You Have Not Seen Hamilton?". The Muse.
  10. ^ "An Aaron Burr Who's Not The Villain: Leslie Odom Jr in Hamilton – New York Theater". New York Theater.
  11. ^ Tim Auld (30 December 2015). "Hamilton: the Broadway phenomenon that made US history hip". The Telegraph.
  12. ^ "'Hamilton' Cast Recording Review: An American Masterpiece – Fellowship of the Screen". Fellowship of the Screen.
  13. ^ "The Inquirer". The Inquirer.
  14. ^ "2015 Was the Year of Hamilton Obsession". Vogue.
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