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Aida (1998)

Compositeur: Elton John •

Parolier: Tim Rice •

Librettiste: David Henry Hwrang • Linda Woolverton • Robert Falls •

Egypt has enslaved Nubia and the great power's prince, Radames, is engaged to the fashionable Amneris. However, when Aida, the princess of Nubia, comes to the palace as a slave, love turns everything upside down and leads everyone down paths they never could have imagined.

Texte des chansons - Chansons en anglais

Chansons en anglais



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 most 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 seize the day

We turned the tide

We touched the stars

We mocked the grave

We moved into uncharted lands


Radames & 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 or fall


This is easy to believe

When distant places call to me

It's harder from the palace yard

Fortune favors the free


Soldiers

Oh, oh


Radames

Fortune favors the young!


Soldiers

Oh, oh


Radames

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 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 moved apace

Now I need you home supporting

All the plans I've put in place


First of all this 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


There will be a time for mourning

But for now put plans on hold


Ministers

Hold


For I give the nation warning

That before the corpse is cold


Ministers

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 stand by

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 stand by

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 your are his daughter

You probably can tell

How I know you

Yes 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 our 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


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 the some glamour guaranteeing

Every fiber on of my being

Is displayed to quite remarkable effect


Amneris
Women

From your cradle via trousseau

To your deathbed you're on view, so

Never compromise, accept no substitute
Ah

I would rather wear a barrel
Ah

Than conservative apparel
Ah

For my dress has always been
Ah

My strongest suit
Ah

Overwear

Underwear

Anytime

Anywhere


Staying in or hitting town wards
Ooh ooh ooh ah

From the top and working downwards
Ooh ooh ooh ah

I ensure that every stitch
Ooh ooh ooh ah

Is stitched in time


Amneris

Whether wig or hat or turban Is stitched in time

Whether clad boudoir or urban Ooh ooh ooh ah

Not to strut your stuff Ooh ooh ooh ah

Outrageously's a crime Ooh ooh ooh ah


Such a crime

And the few who are invited Oooh overwear

To my wardrobe are delighted Oooh underwear

As they wander through my things Oooh anytime

To find en route We're wandering through your things


Ooh negligee

That in negligee or formal Ooh anything but normal normal

I am anything but normal

Ooh ah


For my dress has always been Overwear, underwear

My strongest suit Anytime, anywhere

Overwear, underwear

Anytime, anywhere

I am what I wear Overwear, underwear

Anytime, anywhere

Overwear,underwear

I said anytime Anytime


Anywhere

Finest

Divinest

So bring me all my finest

Most audacious, my divinest Most revealing most

Most revealing expensive

Most expensive and to boot Most arresting


Most heartstopping

Most arresting Most heart-stoping

Overwear

Most heartstopping Underwear

Most free-flowing Anytime

Most eye-popping

Most arresting Anywhere

Most heart-stopping

Dress has always been

Dress has always been

I am what I wear

My strongest suit

I am what I wear

My strongest suit

I am what I wear

You know that

I am what I wear

Dress has always been

My strongest

Dress has always been My strongest

My strongest My strongest suit

My strongest

My strongest My strongest

My stroooooooooongest suit My strongest

My strongest suit

My strongest suit!

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Enchantment Passing Through

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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 in between


Aida

If I could leave this place then I'd be 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 trusting in something new


Radames and Aida

But why should I tell you this


Aida

A stranger I 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

But why did I tell her this?

A stranger I've just met

A woman who I hardly know at all and will forget

Anonymous and gone tomorrow

Enchantment passing through

And all I've done is tell her things

she already knew

She knew ...She knew....

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My Strongest Suit (Reprise)

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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 you must believe

That one day you're bound to find


Aida/Amneris

A Stronger Suit

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The Dance of the Robe

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Aida

It's knowing what they want of me that scares me

It's knowing having followed that 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

You 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

Then live in the squalor and shame of the slave

To the dance!

To the dance!


Nubians

Aida! Aida!

All we ask of you


All we ask is a lifetime of

Service, wisdom, courage

To ask more would be selfish

But nothing less will do

Aida! Aida!


Nubians

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


Aida It's enough Nubians Aida!


Nubians

Aida! Aida!

Aida! Aida! Aida!


Aida It's enough Nubians Ah,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah

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Not Me

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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 (MerebI can't believe He's changing)


And who'd have thought that (MerebOh, no)

Confidence could die?

Not me , Not me (MerebNot me, not me)

That all I took for granted was a lie


Not me, Not me

And who'd have guessed

I'd throw my world away


To be with someone I'm afraid will say (MerebThis can never)

Not me,not me (MerebBe)


Mereb

He's in love

But he's not the only one

Who'll be changed


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


Aida and Amneris

And who'd have thought

That love could be so good?

Not me, not me

And show me things I never 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, Amneris,Aida

And who'd have thought that love

Could be so good

Not me, not me (MerebNot me, not me)

My/his secrets &

My/his passions understood

Not me, not me (MerebNot me, not me)


Who'd have guessed

I'd/ he throw My/his world away

To be with someone til my/his dying day

Not me/not me (MerebThis can never be)


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Elaborate Lives

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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

Unintened emotional crimes

Take some out, take others in


I'm so tired of all were going through

I don't want to live like that

I'm so tired of all were going through

I don't want to love like that

I jsut 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


Aida & Radames

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

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The Gods Love Nubia

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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 for the moment

the desolate the suffering

the plundered, the opressed


Nehebka

The gods love Nubia, their glorious creation

Its songs roll sweetly across the harvest plain


Nehebka & Aida

The tears of Nubia, a passing aberration

They wash into the river and are never cried again


Nehebka, Aida, Mereb, and Nubian Woman

The gods love Nubia, we have to keep believing

The scattered and divided, we are still it's heart


Aida

The fall of Nubia, ephemeral and fleeting

The spirit always burning though the flesh is torn apart.


All

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

The gods love Nubia, the beautiful, the golden

The radiant, the fertile, the gentle and the blessed

The pain of Nubia is only for the moment

the desolate the suffering

the plundered, the opressed


The gods love Nubia

we have to keep believing

Though scattered and divided we are still it's 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 apart


Aida

Apart


All

Take me in my dreams recurring

One more longing backward glance

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A Step Too Far

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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,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

Radames


I'm sorry for everything I've said

And for anything I forgot to say

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....

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How I Know You (Reprise)

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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 thought I knew you princess

But I never understood

I don't know you

I don't know you

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Written In The Stars

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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

How 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

For 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, no anyplace 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


Aida & Radames

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


Aida & Radames

For some God's experiment

In which we have no say

In which we're given paradise

But only for a day

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I Know The Truth

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Amneris

How did 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've 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


Oh I know the trth and it mocks me

I know the truth and it shocks me

I learned it a little too late

Too late

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Elaborate Lives (Reprise)

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Aida

We all lead such elaborate lives

Wild ambitions in our sights

How an affair of the heart suvives

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 all can't 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

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Enchantment Passing

Through (Reprise)

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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

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Every Story Is A

Love Story (Reprise)

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Amneris

From deep within a tomb

A gentle light still shone

Showing me my path

As I ascended to the throne

Certain in my heart

That ancient wars must cease

The lovers' deaths 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


Fill me now with chilling dread

You could never know the chaos

Of a life turned on it's head

Of a life turned on it's head


Oh,oh,oh,oh



Radames and Amneris


Oh,oh,oh,oh

Oh,oh,oh,oh

Oh,oh,oh,oh


Aida


I am certain that I love him

But a love can be misplaced

Have I compromissed 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?


Amneris, Radames and Aida sing their verses at once.

The last line of each verse is repeated.


Aida



Oh,oh,oh,oh


Aida & Radames


Oh,oh,oh,oh


Aida, Radames & 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!

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Easy As Life

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Aida

This is the moment when the gods expect me

To beg for help but I won't even try

I want nothing in this world but myself to protect me

But I won't lie down, roll over and die

All I have to do is to 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 to 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 saw 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 the hardest thing 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

There 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

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Like Father, Like Son

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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

To this you must be reconciled, you'll always be your father's child

At times acclaimed, at times reviled

You'll wind up doing just what I've 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

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

That is the road called 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 this 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...

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Radames' Letter

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