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