Ben Franklin’s Song

Havana is sooo into Hamilton and the soundtrack that I’ve heard a million times by now but it took The Decemberists to take Lin Manuel Miranda’s lyrics and make a song I like:

Ben Franklin’s Song

Electricity
Yeah, you can all thank me
Took some lightning, a kite, and a fat brass key
And they’re putting up streetlights in Gay Paris
You’re welcome from our young nation

I’m the only American the French wanna see
They call me a genius, I can’t disagree
They have guns, they have funds
They can set us free
Invest in my reputation

So I play my ambassador part with pride
I am known in the world, and the world is wide
To my children, my sins may be magnified, but I’d do it all again, no hesitation

And do you know who the fuck I am?
Yeah, do you know who the fuck I am?
Do you know who the fuck I am?
I am Poor-Richard’s-Almanack-writing
Polymath, bifocal-wearing
Harp and glass-harmonica-playing
Benjamin Fuckin’ Franklin