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S45 E5 | CLIP

Mandy Gonzalez and Chris Jackson Sing "When You're Home"

Lin-Manuel Miranda explains the most autobiographical moment in his 2008 musical, In the Heights. Mandy Gonzalez and Christopher Jackson sing "When You're Home."

AIRED: November 10, 2017 | 0:02:50
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MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): I used to think we lived at the top of the

world When the world was just a subway map

And the 1 slash 9

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: I think one of the most autobiographical sections of the show

is Nina'’s bridge in "When You'’re Home" and when she goes, when I was younger I

imagined what would happen if my parents would have stayed in Puerto Rico.

That line is like what I spent most of my childhood wondering.

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (singing): Come with me.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: That question of finding home is not only a geographical wonder but

really an emotional one of

you know what does it mean to be Puerto Rican if you don'’t live

in Puerto Rico or Dominican if you don'’t live in the Dominican Republic.

MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): When I was younger I'd imagine what would

happen if my parents had stayed in Puerto Rico. Who would I be if I had never seen Manhattan?

If I lived in Puerto Rico with my people?

My people...I feel like all my life I've tried to find the answer. Working harder, learning

Spanish, learning all I can. I thought I might find the answer out at Stanford, but I'd stare

out at the sea, thinking, "where am I supposed to be?"

So please don't say you're proud of me, when I've lost my way.

[Instrumental music]

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (singing): Then can I say: I couldn't get my mind off

you all day... now, listen to me... that may be how you perceive it, but Nina please believe that

when you find your way again... you're gonna change the world

and then we're all gonna brag and say I knew her when...

Yeah...this was your home

MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): I'm home

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (singing): Welcome home

MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): When you're here with me

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (singing): Welcome home

MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): I used to think we lived at the top of the world

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON: Welcome home

MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): I'm home

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (singing): You're finally home

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON and MANDY GONZALEZ (singing): You're home!

(Applause)

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