Song 208: "Ten Duel Commandents" - Lin-Manuel Miranda

One, two, three, four
Five, six, seven, eight, nine…
It’s the Ten Duel Commandments

It’s the Ten Duel Commandments
Number one!

The challenge: demand satisfaction
If they apologize, no need for further action

Number two!
If they don’t, grab a friend, that’s your second
Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned

Number three!
Have your seconds meet face to face
Negotiate a peace…
Or negotiate a time and place
This is commonplace, ‘specially ‘tween recruits
Most disputes die, and no one shoots

Number four!
If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright
Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site
You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility
You have him turn around so he can have deniability

Duel before the sun is in the sky
Pick a place to die where it’s high and dry

Number six!
Leave a note for your next of kin
Tell ‘em where you been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in

Confess your sins. Ready for the moment
Of adrenaline when you finally face your opponent

Number eight!
Your last chance to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight…


Aaron Burr, sir

Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?

But your man has to answer for his words, Burr

With his life? We both know that’s absurd, sir

Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?

Okay, so we’re doin’ this

Number nine!
Look ‘em in the eye, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count

One two three four
Five six seven eight nine
Ten paces!