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 ya'll good morning
Ice cold piragua! Parcha. China.
Cherry. Strawberry. Just for today,
I got mamey
Oye, piraguero, como estas?
Como siempre, Senor Usnavi.
BbI am Usnavi and you prob'ly
never heard my name D7Reports of my fame are greatly exaggerated
GmExacerbated by the fact that my syntax is
Ebhighly complicated cuz I emigrated
from the single Bbgreatest little place in the Caribbean
I love it,
D7Jesus, I'm jealous of it
GmAnd beyond that,
Ever since my folks passed on,
EbI haven't gone back
Goddamn, I gotta get on that
BbFoh! The milk has gone bad,
hold up just a second D7Why is everything in this fridge
warm and tepid? GmI better step it up and
fight the heat EbCuz I'm not making any profit
if the coffee isn't light and sweet!
Abuela, my fridge broke.
I've got cafe, but no con leche.
Try my mother's old recipe:
one can of condensed milk.
Ay! Paciencia y fe!
BbD7That was Abuela, she's not really my abuela
Gm7But she practically raised me
EbEb/FThis corner is her escuela
BbNow you're prob'ly thinkin
D7"I'm up on shit's creek
Gm7I never been north of 96th street"
Well you must take the A train
Gm7Even farther than Harlem
EbEb/FTo norther Manhattan and maintain
BbD7Get off at 181st and take the escalator
I hope your writing this down
I'm gonna test you later BbD7 I'm getting tested times are tough
on this bodega Gm7EbTwo months ago somebody bought Ortega's
Eb/FBbOur neighbors started packin up and pickin up
D7And ever since the rents went up
Ebmaj7It's gotten mad expensive
But we live with just enough
[Chorus] D7GmIn the heights
I flip my lights and start my day
There are fights
And endless debts
D7And bills to pay
GmIn the heights
FI can't survive without cafe
EbD7I serve cafe
GmFEbmaj7Cuz tonight seems like a million years away!
[Verse 3] N.C
Next up to bat, the Rosarios
They run the cab company
They struggle in the barrio
See, their daughter Nina's off at college,
tuition is mad steep
So they can't sleep
Everything they get is mad cheap
CE7AmGood morning, Usnavi.
FF/GPan caliente, cafe con leche
CE7Put twenty dollars on today's lottery
AmOne ticket, that's it
FF/GHey, a man's gotta dream
CE7Don't mind him, he's all excited
AmFF/GCuz Nina just flew in at 3 AM last night
CDon't look at me, E7 Am this one's been cooking all week.
Usnavi, come over for dinner
DGThere's plenty to eat
AGDGSo then Yesenia walks in the room
AGBmShe smells sex and cheap perfume
GmDIt smells like one of those trees that you hang from the Gm/Bb rear view
GAGDGShe screams, "Who's in there with you, Julio?"
AGBmGrabs a bat and kicks in the door
Gm6DGAHe's in bed with Jose from the liquor store
No me diga
DGADaniela and Carla from the salon.
A7DGA Thanks, Usnavi!
Sonny, you're late.
Chillax, you know you love me.
CE7Me and my cousin runnin just another
dime a dozen Am7Mom-and-pop stop-and-shop
FF/G And, oh my God, C E7 it's gotten too darn hot like my man
Cole Porter said Am7FF/GCPeople come through for a few cold waters and a lottery E7 ticket, just a part of the routine
Am7Everybody's got a job
FF/GEverybody's got a dream
CE7They gossip as I sip my coffee and smirk
The first stop as people hop to work
Bust it-I'm like-
CE7Am1 dollar, 2 dollar, 1.50, 1.69
I got it
FYou want a box of condoms what kind?
CThat's two quarters
E7Two quarter waters. The New York Times
AmYou need a bag for that? The tax is added
FOnce you get some practice at it
CYou do rapid mathematics
AmSellin maxipads and fuzzy dice for F taxicabs and practically
CE7Everybody's stressed, yes,
but they press through the mess
Bounce checks and wonder what's next
AmIn the heights
GFE7I buy my coffee and I go
AmSet my sights
GFE7On only what I need to know
AmIn the heights
GFE7Money is tight, but even so
AmGFEWhen the lights go down I blast my radio
[Verse 6] N.C AmYou ain't got no skills
Lemme get a-
Yeah, lemme also get a-
And most important my-
E7susBoss' second coffee, one cream
AmI'm the #1 earner
The fastest learner
FEb7F7My boss can't keep me on the damn back burner
CYes he can
I'm makin moves, E7sus I'm makin deals, but guess what?
AmYou still ain't got no skills
Vanessa show up yet?
Hey little homie don't get so upset
C Tell Vanessa how you feel
EBuy the girl a meal
On the real
Or you ain't got no skills
DmFNO! NO NO NO!
GmNO NO NO, NO NO NO
GmBbNO NO NO NO, NO Bbm/Db NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!
DmMr. Johnson, I got the security deposit
FIt's locked in a box in the bottom of my closet
Gm It's not reflected in my bank statement
BbBbm/DbBut I've been savin to make a down payment
and pay rent
Dm No, no, I won't let you down
FYo, here's your chance ask her out right now.
Gm I'll see you later we can look at that lease.
BbA7/C#Do somethin, make your move, don't freeze-
DG/DBm/DA/D You owe me a bottle of cold champagne
Are you moving? D/F#GJust a little credit check and Bm Asus I'm on that downtown train
ADWell, your coffee's on the house
BmUsnavi, ask her out
I'll see you later, so..
Ebmaj7Gb7Ooh, smooth operator, aw damn there she go!
GmYo, bro, take 5, take a walk outside
EbYou look exhausted, lost,
don't let life slide! BbThe whole hood is struggling,
times are tight, Cm9D7susAnd you're stuck to this corner like a streetlight
Yeah, I'm a streetlight
Choking on the heat
The world spins around
While I'm frozen to my seat
The people that I know
All keep rolling down the street
But every day is different
So I'm switchin up the beat
GmCuz my parents came with nothing
They got a little more
FAnd sure, we're poor, but yo,
At least we got the store
EbAnd it's all about the legacy
They left with me, it's destiny
D7susAnd one day I'll be on a beach
D7With Sonny writing checks to me
GmIn the heights
FEbI hang my flag up on display
DWe came to work and to live and
we got a lot in common GmF/AIt reminds me that I came from miles away
Gm/BbCmDR, PR, we are not stoppin
Gm/DIn the heights
F/EbEvery day, paciencia y fe
D/F#E/G# Until the day we go from poverty to
stock options F/AIn the heights
G/BI've got today
F/CG/DF/EAnd today's all we got so we cannot stop
G/FThis is our block
G#+AmIn the heights
GFE7I hang my flag up on display
Lo le lo le lo lai lai lo le
AmGFIt reminds that I came from miles away
My family came from miles away
AmIn the heights
GFE7It gets more expensive every day
AmG/BAnd tonight is so far away-
F/CBut as for manana, mi pana
DmYa gotta keep watchin
EsusYou'll see the late night
EYou'll taste beans and rice
Am/EThe syrups and shaved ice,
EI ain't gotta say it twice
F/ESo turn up the stage lights
We're takin a flight
E7susTo a couple days
In the life of what it's like
AmEn Washington Heights!