[USNAVI] Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day I wake up and I got this little punk I gotta chase away Pop the grate at the crack of dawn Sing while I wipe down the awning Hey yall, good morning [PIRAGUA GUY, spoken] Ice cold piragua! Parcha. China. Cherry. Strawberry. And just for today, I got mamey! [USNAVI, spoken] Oye, piragüero, como estas? [PIRAGUA GUY, spoken] Como siempre, Señor Usnavi.? [USNAVI] I am Usnavi and you probly never heard my name Reports of my fame are greatly exaggerated Exacerbated by the fact that my syntax Is highly complicated ’cause I immigrated From the single greatest little place in the Caribbean: Dominican Republic! I love it! Jesus, Im jealous of it, and beyond that Ever since my folks passed on, I havent gone back Goddamn, I gotta get on that… Fo! The milk has gone bad, hold up just a second Why is everything in this fridge warm and tepid? I better step it up and fight the heat ‘Cause Im not makin’ any profit if the coffee isnt light and sweet! [ABUELA CLAUDIA, spoken] Ooo-oo! [USNAVI, spoken] Abuela, my fridge broke. I got café but no “con leche.” [ABUELA CLAUDIA, spoken] Try my mothers old recipe: one can of condensed milk. [USNAVI, spoken] Nice.? [Usnavi gives Abuela Claudia her lottery tickets, which she kisses and holds up to the sky.] [ABUELA CLAUDIA, spoken] Ayy! Paciencia y fe [USNAVI] That was Abuela, shes not really my abuela, But she practically raised me, this corner is her escuela Now, youre probly thinkin: “Im up shits creek! I’ve never been north of Ninety-Sixth Street! Well, you must take the A Train Even farther than Harlem to northern Manhattan and maintain Get off at 181st, and take the escalator I hope youre writing this down, Im gonna test ya later Im getting tested; times are tough on this bodega Two months ago somebody bought Ortegas Our neighbors started packin up and pickin up And ever since the rents went up Its gotten mad expensive, but we live with just enough [ENSEMBLE] In the heights I flip the lights and start my day There are fights [WOMEN] And endless debts [MEN] And bills to pay [ENSEMBLE] In the Heights I cant survive without café [USNAVI] I serve café [ENSEMBLE] ‘Cause tonight seems like a million years away! En Washington [USNAVI] Next up to bat, the Rosarios They run the cab company,? they struggle in the barrio See, their daughter Ninas off at college, tuition is mad steep So they cant sleep; everything they get is mad cheap! [KEVIN] Good morning, Usnavi! [USNAVI] Pan caliente, café con leche! [KEVIN] Put twenty dollars on todays lottery [CAMILA] One ticket, thats it! [KEVIN] Hey! A mans gotta dream… [CAMILA] Dont mind him, hes all excited Cause Nina flew in at 3 A.M. last night! [KEVIN] Dont look at me, this ones been cooking all week! [CAMILA] Usnavi, come over for dinner [KEVIN/CAMILA] Theres plenty to eat! [DANIELA] So then dona Yesenia walks in the room [CARLA, spoken] Aha [DANIELA] She smells sex and cheap perfume! [CARLA, spoken] Uh oh [DANIELA] It smells like one of those trees That you hang from the rear view! [CARLA, spoken] Ah, no! [DANIELA] Its true! She screams, Whos in there with you, Julio? Grabs a bat and kicks in the door Hes in bed with José from the liquor store! [CARLA/USNAVI] No me diga! [USNAVI, spoken] Daniela and Carla, from the salon.? [DANIELA/CARLA] Thanks, Usnavi! [USNAVI, spoken] Sonny, youre late.? [SONNY, spoken] Chillax, you know you love me.? [USNAVI] Me and my cousin run it Just another dime-a-dozen mom-and-pop stop-and-shop And, oh my god, its gotten too darn hot Like my man Cole Porter said People come through for a few cold waters and A lottery ticket, just a part of the routine Everybodys got a job, everybodys got a dream They gossip, as I sip my coffee and smirk The first stop as people hop to work Bust it Im like: “One dollar, two dollars, one fifty, one sixty-nine.? I got it. You want a box of condoms? What kind? Thats two quarters.? Two quarter waters The New York Times.? You need a bag for that? The tax is added.?” Once you get some practice at it You do rapid mathematics automatically Sellin maxi-pads, fuzzy dice for taxicabs and practically Everybodys stressed, yes! But they press through the mess Bounce checks and wonder whats next [ENSEMBLE 1] In the heights I buy my coffee and I go Set my sights On only what I need to know In the heights Money is tight But even so [ENSEMBLE 2] In the heights I buy my coffee and Set my sights What I need to know In the heights Money is tight Even so [ENSEMBLE] When the lights go down I blast my radio! [BENNY] You aint got no skills! [USNAVI] Benny! [BENNY] Yo, lemme get a [USNAVI] Milky Way [BENNY] Yeah, lemme also get a [USNAVI] Daily News [BENNY] And a [USNAVI] Post [BENNY] And most important, my [USNAVI] Boss second coffee, one cream [BOTH] Five sugars [BENNY] Im the number one earner [USNAVI/SONNY] What?! [BENNY] The fastest learner [USNAVI/SONNY] What?! [BENNY] My boss cant keep me on the damn back burner! [USNAVI] Yes, he can [BENNY] Im makin moves, Im makin deals, but guess what? [USNAVI] What? [BENNY/SONNY] You still aint got no skills! [USNAVI] Hardee-har [BENNY] Yo, Vanessa show up yet? [USNAVI] Shut up! [BENNY] Hey little homie, dont get so upset [USNAVI, spoken] Man… [BENNY] Tell Vanessa how you feel, buy the girl a meal On the real, or you aint got no skills [VANESSA, speaking on the phone] Nooo! No no nooo! No no nooo, no-no-no! Nooo, no-no-no! No-no-no-no-no-no-no-no, no-no-no-no-no! Mr. Johnson, I got the security deposit Its locked in a box in the bottom of my closet Its not reflected in my bank statement But Ive been savin to make a down payment and pay rent No, no, I wont let you down [BENNY] Yo, heres your chance; ask her out right now! [VANESSA] Ill see you later, we can look at that lease! [BENNY] Do somethin, make your move, dont freeze! [USNAVI] Hey! [VANESSA] You owe me a bottle of cold champagne! [USNAVI] Are you moving? [VANESSA] Just a little credit check and Im on that downtown train! [USNAVI] Well, your coffees on the house [VANESSA] Okay! [BENNY] Usnavi, ask her out [SONNY] No way! [VANESSA] Ill see you later, so [BENNY] Oooh… Smooth operator, aw, damn, there she goes! Yo, bro, take five, take a walk outside! You look exhausted, lost, dont let life slide! The whole hood is struggling, times are tight And youre stuck to this corner like a streetlight! [USNAVI] Yeah, Im a streetlight, chokin’ on the heat The world spins around while Im frozen to my seat The people that I know all keep on rollin’ down the street But every day is different so Im switchin up the beat ‘Cuz my parents came with nothing, they got a little more And sure, were poor, but yo, at least we got the store And its all about the legacy they left with me, its destiny And one day Ill be on a beach with Sonny writing checks to me [ENSEMBLE] In the Heights, I hang my flag up on display [USNAVI] We came to work and to live and we got a lot in common [ENSEMBLE] It reminds me that I came from miles away [USNAVI] D.R., P.R., we are not stoppin [ENSEMBLE] In the Heights Ooh Ooh Ooh In the Heights Ive got today! [ABUELA CLAUDIA] Every day, paciencia y fe [USNAVI] Until the day we go from poverty to stock options [USNAVI] And todays all we got, so we cannot stop This is our block! [ENSEMBLE] In the Heights I hang my flag up on display [PIRAGUA GUY] Lo le lo le lo lai lai lo le! [ENSEMBLE] It reminds me that I came from miles away [USNAVI/PIRAGUA GUY/NEIGHBORS] My family came from miles away [ENSEMBLE] In the Heights It gets more expensive every day [USNAVI/PIRAGUA GUY/WOMEN/MEN] Every day [ENSEMBLE] And tonight is so far away [USNAVI] But as for mañana, mi pana Ya gotta just keep watchin [USNAVI] Youll see the ?late nights Youll taste ?beans and rice The syrups and ?shaved ice I aint gonna ?say it twice So turn up the stage lights Were takin a flight To a couple of days ?in the life of what its like [BENNY/GRAFFITI PETE/MEN] Late nights! Beans and rice! Shaved ice! Say it twice! [ENSEMBLE] In the Heights! In the Heights! In the Heights! Ah Ah Ah Ah! [ALL] En Washington Heights!