The Decemberists and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Ben Franklin's Song" Drops

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Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'Hamilton'

The song was cut from 'Hamilton' after Miranda couldn’t figure out how to use Ben Franklin as a character.

The Decemberists have put to music an unused set of lyrics that Lin-Manuel Miranda originally wrote for Hamilton.

As the band explained in a post on their website, Miranda reached out to frontman Colin Meloy to ask them to record a version of “Ben Franklin’s Song,” which was cut from the musical after Miranda couldn’t figure out how to use Ben Franklin as a character. “Funnily enough, he said he’d imagined Franklin singing in a sort of Decemberist-y way, whatever that means,” the group wrote.

Miranda has said that this is the start of what’s being called the 'Hamildrops' series, where he will release a new piece of Hamilton content every month until December of next year. You can listen to the Decemberists’ version of “Ben Franklin’s Song” below.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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