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lyrics by Tim Rice

Every Story is a Love Story

AMNERIS
Every story, tale, or memoir
Every saga or romance
Whether true or fabricated
Whether planned or happenstance

Whether sweeping through the ages
casting centuries aside
Or a hurried, brief recital,
just a thirty-minute ride

Whether bright or melancholy,
rough and ready, finely spun
Whether with a thousand players
or a lonely cast of one . . .

Every story, new or ancient,
bagatelle or work of art
All are tales of human failing
All are tales of love at heart.

This is the story of a love
that flourished in a time of hate
Of lovers no tyranny could separate
Love set into motion on the Nile's shore
Destiny ignited by an act of war

Egypt saw the mighty river
as its very heart and soul
Source of life for all her people
that only Egypt could control.

Destruction of her southern neighbor justified
Nubia exploited, left with little more than pride . . .


Fortune Favors the Brave

SOLDIERS
Oh oh
Fortune favors the brave
Oh oh
Fortune favors the brave

RADAMES
We have swept to glory; Egypt's mastery expands
from the Nile's northern delta to the dry, dry southern sands.
The more we find, the more we see, the more we come to learn
The more that we explore, the more we shall return

SOLDIERS
Oh oh
Fortune favors the brave

RADAMES
It's all worked out, my road is clear
The lines of latitude extend
way beyond my wildest dreams
toward some great triumphant end!
We seized the day, we turned the tide
We touched the stars, we mocked the grave!
We moved into uncharted lands . . .

RADAMES and SOLDIERS
Fortune favors the brave!

RADAMES
The more we find, the more we see,
the more we come to learn
The more that we explore,
the more we shall return.

Nothing is an accident.
We are free to have it all.
We are what we want to be:
it's in ourselves to rise and fall
This is easy to believe
when distant places call to me
It's harder from the palace yard
Fortune favors the free
Fortune favors the young
Fortune favors the brave!


The Past is Another Land

AIDA
You know nothing about me, and care even less
How could you understand our emptiness?
You've plundered our wisdom, our knowledge, our wealth
In bleeding us dry, you long for our spirit
But that you will never possess.

The past is now another land far beyond my reach
Invaded by insidious foreign bodies, foreign speech
Where the timeless joys of childhood lie broken on the beach.

The present is an empty space between the good and bad
A moment leading nowhere, too pointless to be sad
But time enough to lay to waste every certainty I had

The future is a barren world from which I can't return
Both heartless and material, its wretched spoils not my concern
Shining like an evil sun as my childhood treasures burn

Shining like an evil sun as my childhood treasures burn . . .


Another Pyramid

ZOSER
While you've been away cavorting, matters here have run apace
Now I need you home supporting all the plans I've put in place.
First of all, that means your wedding. You'll recall your future bride?
For the way that Pharaoh's heading, time's no longer on our side.

According to the hawk god Horus,
our most regal invalid
is not that much longer for us.
Build another pyramid.

There are many who'll be tearful as our leader fades away
But our architects are cheerful, and each dog must have its day
If our country is to flourish then my son must take the lead
Be our inspiration, nourish all our hopes, our dreams, our creed!

Soon our monarch will have filled a tomb
just like his fathers did
Summon Egypt's greatest builders
Re: another pyramid.

MINISTERS
Build it, build it
Another pyramid

ZOSER
There will be a time for mourning but for now, put plans on hold
For I give the nation warning that before the corpse is cold
we'll extend fair Egypt's power Egypt's glory, strength, and style
We shall have our finest hour far beyond the mighty Nile

He must have a vault that's grand by
any standards, floor to lid
Put five thousand slaves on standby,
build another pyramid!

MINISTERS
Build it, build it
Build it, build it
Build it, build it
Build it--
Build it, build it
Build it--

ZOSER
He must have a vault that's grand by
any standards, floor to lid
Put five thousand slaves on standby,
build another pyramid!


How I Know You

MEREB
I grew up in your hometown--at least began to grow
I hadn't got to my first shave before the body blow
Egyptians in the courtyard, my family in chains
You witnessed our abduction, which possibly explains
How I know you
How I know you

Before that fateful morning, my family enjoyed
a privileged existence, for my father was employed
as advisor--to the king, no less--which surely rings a bell,
for as you are his daughter, you probably can tell
How I know you
How I know you

AIDA
You know too much, and what you say
is better left unknown
And now I'm just a slave, like you.
Our lives are not our own.

MEREB
I never have abandoned--and nor, I think could you--
that spark of hope for freedom no terror can subdue.

AIDA
My only hope is silence; you've never seen my face!

MEREB
No, you remain a princess in any time or place

AIDA
You don't know me

MEREB
Yes, I know you

AIDA
You don't know me!
MEREB
How I know you!
How I know you...


Dress Has Always Been My Strongest Suit

AMNERIS
In life, one has to face a huge assortment
of nauseating fads and good advice.
There's health and fitness, diet and deportment
and other pointless forms of sacrifice
Conversation? Wit? I am a doubter.
Manners? Charm? They're no way to impress.
So forget the inner me, observe the outer:
I am what I wear and how I dress.

Oh, now I believe in looking like my time on earth is cooking
whether polka-dotted, striped, or even checked
With some glamour guaranteeing every fiber in my being
is displayed to quite remarkable effect.

From your cradle via trousseau to your deathbed, you're on view,
so never compromise--accept no substitute
I would rather wear a barrel than conservative apparel
For dress has always been my strongest suit.

Staying in or hitting townwards, from the top and working downwards
I ensure that every stitch is stitched in time
Whether wig or hat or turban, whether clad boudoir or urban
Not to strut your stuff outrageously is a crime
And the few who are invited to my wardrobe are delighted
as they wander through my things to find en route
that in negligee or formal, I am anything but normal
For dress has always been my strongest suit.

WOMEN (underneath AMNERIS)
Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere
Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere
Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere

AMNERIS I am what I wear
I said anytime, anywhere
So bring me all my finest, most audacious, my divinest
most revealing, most expensive, and to boot
Most arresting, most heart-stopping
Most free-flowing, most eye-popping
Most arresting, most heart-stopping
Most free-flowing, most eye-popping
Dress has always been my strongest suit
My strongest suit

You know that I am what I wear
Dress has always been my strongest suit

So bring me all my finest, most audacious, my divinest
most revealing, most expensive, and to boot
Most arresting, most heart-stopping
Most free-flowing, most eye-popping
Most arresting, most heart-stopping
Dress has always been my strongest suit
My strongest suit
You know that I am what I wear
Dress has always been my strongest
My strongest, my strongest, my strongest, my strongest
My strongest, my strongest suit!


Enchantment Passing Through

RADAMES
To sail away to half-discovered places
To see the secrets so few eyes have seen
To see moments of enchantment on our faces
The moments when we smile, and those between . . .

AIDA
If I could leave this place, then I'd go sailing
to corners of my land where there would be
sweet southern winds of liberty prevailing
the beauty so majestic and so free.

RADAMES
There'd be no ties of time and space to bind me

AIDA
And no horizon I could not pursue

RADAMES
I'd leave the world's misfortunes far behind me

AIDA
I'd put my faith and trust in something new

RADAMES and AIDA
But why should I tell you this?

AIDA
A stranger I've just met

RADAMES
A woman whom I hardly know at all,
and should forget

RADAMES and AIDA
A journey we can only dream of--
Enchantment passing through.
And how is it I say these things
so easily to you?

RADAMES (spoken)
I'll never take you sailing... I'm never going to leave Egypt again!

AIDA (spoken)
You talk as though you've been enslaved! If you don't like your fate, change it. You are your own master; there are no shackles on you! So don't expect any pity or understanding from this humble palace slave!

RADAMES But why did I tell her this? A stranger I've just met,
a woman whom I hardly know at all, and will forget!
Anonymous and gone tomorrow: enchantment passing through.
And all I did was tell her things she already knew.
She knew.
She knew.


My Strongest Suit (Reprise)

AMNERIS
I may leave a great impression
as I race through a succession
of the latest crazes, chase the newest fad
I feel better when beguiling,
find that fashion keeps me smiling
But in my heart, I know it's rather sad

AIDA
That a life of great potential
is dismissed, inconsequential

AMNERIS
And only ever seen as being cute.
So I'll flutter to deceive--

AIDA
Oh no. No, you must believe
that one day you're bound to find

AIDA and AMNERIS
a stronger suit.


Dance of the Robe

AIDA
It's knowing what they want of me that scares me.
It's knowing having followed, I must lead.
It's knowing that each person there compares me
to those in my past whom I now succeed.
But how can whatever I do for them now be enough,
be enough?

NUBIANS
Aida! Aida!
All we ask of you
is a lifetime of service, wisdom, courage
To ask more would be selfish,
but nothing less will do.
Aida! Aida!

NEHEBKA
Your robe should be golden, your robe should be perfect
instead of this ragged concoction of thread
But may you be moved by its desperate beauty
to give us new life, for we'd rather be dead
than live in the squalor and shame of the slave.
To the dance! To the dance!

NUBIANS
Aida! Aida!
All we ask of you
is a lifetime of service, wisdom, courage
To ask more would be selfish
but nothing less will do.
Aida! Aida!

Aida! Aida!
Aida! Aida! Aida!

AIDA
I know expectations are wild, and almost
beyond my fulfillment, but they won't hear
a word of a doubt or see signs of weakness
My nigh-on impossible duty is clear:
If I can rekindle my ancestors' dreams, it's enough
It's enough
It's enough

NUBIANS
Aida! Aida!
Aida! Aida!
Aida! Aida!

AIDA
It's enough!

NUBIANS
Ah ah ah ah ah ah!


Not Me

RADAMES
I once knew all the answers
I stood on certain ground
A picture of true happiness
confidence so effortless
No brighter could be found.

MEREB
Oh no...

RADAMES
I never asked the questions
that trouble me today.
I knew all there was to know
Love worn lightly, put on show
my conquests on display.

MEREB
I can't believe he's changing...

RADAMES
And who'd have thought
my confidence could die?
Not me, not me.
That all I took for granted
was a lie?
Not me, not me.
Who'd have guessed I'd throw my world away
to be with someone I'm afraid will say
Not me

MEREB
This can never be

RADAMES
Not me.

MEREB
He's in love, but he's not the only one
who'll be changed.

AMNERIS (spoken)
Why hasn't Radames come to see me again? We're to be married in three days, and yet . . . Aida, I must make things right with him.

AIDA
I shall not envy lovers,
but long for what they share.

AMNERIS
An empty room is merciless
Don't be surprised if I confess
I need some comfort there.

AMNERIS and AIDA
And who'd have thought
that love could be so good?
Not me, not me.
My secrets and my passions understood?
Not me, not me.
Who'd have guessed he'd throw his world away
to be with someone 'til his dying day?
Not me, not me.

RADAMES, AIDA, and AMNERIS
And who'd have thought that love could be so good?
Not me, not me.
My secrets and my passions understood?
Not me, not me.
Who'd have guessed [I'd/he'd] throw [my/his] world away
to be with someone 'til [my/his] dying day?
Not me, not me.

RADAMES
Not me.
Oh, not me.


Elaborate Lives

RADAMES
We all lead such elaborate lives
Wild ambitions in our sights
How an affair of the heart survives
days apart and hurried nights
seems quite unbelievable to me
I don't want to live like that.
Seems quite unbelievable to me
I don't want to love like that.
I just want our time to be
slower and gentler, wiser, free.

We all live in extravagant times
playing games we can't all win.
Unintended emotional crimes
take some out, take others in.
I'm so tired of all we're going through.
I don't want to live like that.
I'm so tired of all we're going through.
I don't want to love like that.
I just want to be with you,
now and forever, peaceful, true.

This may not be the moment
to tell you face to face,
but I could wait forever
for the perfect time and place.

RADAMES and AIDA
We all lead such elaborate lives
We don't know whose words are true
Strangers, lovers, husbands, wives...
hard to know who's loving who

AIDA
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to live like that.

RADAMES
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to love like that.
I just want to touch your heart.
May this confession

RADAMES and AIDA
be the start.


The Gods Love Nubia

AIDA
Take me in my dreams recurring
cheerful as a childhood dance
into one more taste of freedom
One more longing backward glance.

In the sway of somber music
I shall never, never understand
Let me slip into the sweeter
chorus of that other land...

The gods love Nubia
the beautiful, the golden,
the radiant, the fertile
the gentle and the blessed
The pain of Nubia
is only of the moment
The desolate, the suffering
the plundered, the oppressed....

NEHEBKA
The gods love Nubia,
their glorious creation.
Their songs roll sweetly
across the harvest plain.

AIDA and NEHEBKA
The tears of Nubia
a passing aberration
They wash into the river
and are never cried again!

AIDA, NEHEBKA, and NUBIAN WOMEN
The gods love Nubia
We have to keep believing
Though scattered and divided,
we are still its heart

ALL NUBIANS
The fall of Nubia
ephemeral and fleeting
The spirit always burning
though the flesh is torn apart.

Take me in my dreams recurring
cheerful as a childhood dance
into one more taste of freedom
One more longing backward glance.

he gods love Nubia, the beautiful, the golden,
the radiant, the fertile, the gentle and the blessed
The pain of Nubia is only of the moment
The desolate, the suffering, the plundered, the oppressed....

The gods love Nubia; we have to keep believing
though scattered and divided, we are still its heart
The fall of Nubia ephemeral and fleeting
The spirit always burning though the flesh is torn apart.
The spirit always burning though the flesh is torn

AIDA
apart...

ALL NUBIANS
Take me in my dreams recurring,
One more longing backward glance


A Step Too Far

AMNERIS
It's so strange he doesn't show me
more affection than he needs
Almost formal, too respectful
Never takes romantic leads
There are times when I imagine
I'm not always on his mind
He's not thinking what I'm thinking
Always half a step behind
Always half a step behind
Oh oh... Oh oh... Oh oh...

RADAMES
I'm in every kind of trouble
Can't you tell? Just look at me.
Half ecstatic, half dejected
All in all, I'm all at sea
Easy terms I thought I wanted
fill me now with chilling dread.
You could never know the chaos
of a life turned on its head
Of a life turned on its head
Oh oh . . .

RADAMES and AMNERIS
Oh oh... Oh oh... Oh oh...

AIDA
I am certain that I love him,
but a love can be misplaced.
Have I compromised my people
in my passion and my haste?
I could be his life companion
anywhere but where we are.
Am I leader? Am I traitor?
Did I take a step too far?
Did I take a step too far?

All three verses overlap
AIDA Oh oh . . . Oh oh . . .

AIDA and RADAMES
Oh oh... Oh oh...

AIDA, RADAMES and AMNERIS
Oh oh... Oh oh...
Oh oh... Oh oh...
Oh oh... Oh oh...
Oh oh... Oh oh...
Oh oh... Oh oh...
Did I take a step too far?


Easy as Life

AIDA
This is the moment when the gods expect me
to beg for help. But I won't even try.
I want nothing in the world but myself to protect me.
And I won't lie down, roll over and die.

All I have to do is forget how much I love him.
All I have to do is put my longing to one side.
Tell myself that love's an ever changing situation.
Passion would have cooled, and all the magic would have died.
It's easy. It's easy.

All I have to do is pretend I never knew him
on those very rare occasions when he steals into my heart.
Better to have lost him when the ties were barely binding.
Better the contempt of the familiar cannot start.
It's easy. It's easy.

Until I think about him as he was when I last touched him
and how he would have been were I to be with him today
Those very rare occasions don't let up, they keep on coming.
All I ever wanted, and I'm throwing it away!
It's easy. It's easy as life.

But then I see the faces of a worn, defeated people,
a father and a nation who won't let a coward run.
Is this how the gods reward the faithful through the ages?
Forcing us to prove that all the hardest things we've done
are easy, so easy

And though I'll think about him 'til the earth draws in around me,
and though I choose to leave him for another kind of love,
this is no denial, no betrayal, but redemption
Redeemed in my own eyes, and in the pantheon above.
It's easy, it's easy as life.
It's easy as life.
It's easy as life!


Like Father, Like Son

MINISTERS
Like father, like son
Like father, like son

ZOSER
Don't come on so cocksure, boy
You can't escape your genes
No point in feeling pure, boy
Your background intervenes
Listen good and listen straight:
You're not the master of your fate
You'll always be your father's child,
at times acclaimed, at times reviled
You'll wind up doing just what I'd have done
Like father, like son

RADAMES
Don't assume your vices get handed down the line,
that a parent's blood suffices to condemn the child's design
I've done wrong, I can't deny, but at least I know that I
shouldn't blame that on my stock
This may come as quite a shock
but I'm no chip off any block!
I wouldn't wish those words on anyone:
Like father, like son!

ZOSER
Son, you're nervous, take my hand
All is settled, all is planned
You've got the world at your command
I don't think you understand

RADAMES
I appreciate too well the squalor at which you excel
It isn't very hard to tell--evil's a distinctive smell

ZOSER
He's lost all sense of reason
And why? Some foreign slut
Not only is that treason,
some doors are slamming shut
Just like me, he's found that flesh
can excite, but will enmesh
Once we rid him of this blight
Once that harlot's out of sight
Then I think he'll see the light
He won't walk back to daddy, he will run!
Like father, like son

ZOSER and MINISTERS
Like father, like son
Like father, like son
Like father, like

ZOSER
. . . son!


Radames's Letter

RADAMES
I'm sorry for everything I've said
and for anything I forgot to say, too.
When things get so complicated
I stumble, at best muddle through.
I wish that our lives could be simple
I don't want the world, only you.
Oh, I wish I could tell you this face to face
But there's never the time, never the place
So this letter will have to do.
I love you.


How I Know You (Reprise)

MEREB
There is a time, there is a place when love should conquer all
The rest of life is pushed aside as truth and reason fall
But only if that selfishness can lead to something good
I though I knew you, Princess, but I never understood
I don't know you
I don't know you


Written in the Stars

AIDA
I am here to tell you we can never meet again
Simple really, isn't it? A word or two and then
a lifetime of not knowing where or how or why or when
You think of me, or speak of me, and wonder what befell
the someone you once loved so long ago, so well

RADAMES
Never wonder what I'll feel as living shuffles by
You don't have to ask me, and I need not reply
Every moment of my life, from now until I die
I will think or dream of you, and fail to understand
hwo a perfect love can be confounded out of hand.

Is it written in the stars?
Are we paying for some crime?
Is that all that we are good for,
just a stretch of mortal time?
Or some god's experiment
in which we have no say?
In which we're given paradise,
but only for a day?

AIDA
Nothing can be altered, there is nothing to decide
No escape, no change of heart, nor any place to hide.

RADAMES
You are all I'll ever want, but this I am denied.
Sometimes in my darkest thoughts, I wish I'd never learned

RADAMES and AIDA
What it is to be in love, and have that love returned

AIDA
Is it written in the stars?
Are we paying for some crime?
Is that all that we are good for,
just a stretch of mortal time?

RADAMES and AIDA
Or some god's experiment
in which we have no say?
In which we're given paradise,
but only for a day?


I Know the Truth

AMNERIS
How have I come to this?
How did I slip and fall?
How did I throw half a lifetime away without any thought at all?

This should have been my time; it's over, it never began
I closed my eyes to so much for so long, and I no longer can

I try to blame it on fortune, some kind of shift in a star
but I know the truth, and it haunts me
It's flown just a little too far
I know the truth, and it mocks me
I know the truth, and it shocks me
It's flown just a little too far.

Why do I want him still? Why, when there's nothing there?
How to go on with the rest of my life? To pretend I don't care?

This should have been my time; it's over, it never began
I closed my eyes to so much for so long,
and I no longer can.

I try to blame it on fortune, some kind of twist in my fate,
but I know the truth, and it haunts me
I learned it a little too late.
I know the truth, and it mocks me
I know the truth, and it shocks me
I learned it a little too late.
Too late.


Elaborate Lives (Reprise)

AIDA
We all lead such elaborate lives
Wild ambitions in our sights
How an affair of the heart survives
days apart and hurried nights
seems quite unbelievable to me
I don't want to live like that.
Seems quite unbelievable to me
I don't want to love like that.
I just want our time to be
slower and gentler, wiser, free.

We all live in extravagant times
playing games we can't all win.
Unintended emotional crimes
take some out, take others in.
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to live like that.
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to love like that.
I just want to keep your heart.
May this confession be the start.

I know you'll give me courage
to face what I must face
with all these complications
in another time and place

AIDA and RADAMES
We all lead such elaborate lives
We don't know whose words are true
An affair of the heart survives
all the pain the world can do

RADAMES
I'm so tired of all we're going through
I don't want to live like that.

AIDA
I'm so tired of all we're going through
I don't want to love like that.
I just want to be with you
now and forever, peaceful, true.


Enchantment Passing Through (Reprise)

RADAMES
There'll be no ties of time and space to bind us

AIDA
And no horizon we shall not pursue

RADAMES and AIDA
We'll leave the world's misfortunes far behind us
And I will put my faith and trust in you.


Every Story is a Love Story Reprise)

AMNERIS
From deep within a tomb, a gentle light still shone
Showing me my path as I ascended to the the throne
Certain in my heart that ancient wars must cease
The lovers' death gave birth to a reign of peace.

And their story, and my journey
and the lesson they provide
draw their strength and inspiration
from a love that never dies.

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