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THE PRISON Lyrics
THE PRISON Song Lyrics
The lights change and the set transforms to a prison cell. AIDA and MEREB
are with a GUARD. MEREB glances around and hands the GUARD a sack of gold.
A word with the prisoner.
Alright, Mereb. But be quick about it.
(Guard exits. AIDA and MEREB enter the cell.)
Aida? I knew you would survive. That I trained my daughter well. At least,
I would not allow myself to believe anything else.
Have they mistreated you?
No, I believe they are saving that part for my execution... Three days from
It won't come to that. We'll get you out of here.
In two days, the daughter of the Pharaoh will wed. Most of the guards will be
needed to control the crowds
And who is this young Minister of War?
This is Mereb. You remember... Henu's boy.
Henu. Your father was a great warrior. He had hopes you would grow up to be a
Sire. The chief jailor will attend Amneris' wedding. They've assigned a lowly
guard to take his place - a man I know.
You are suggesting you may be able to bribe this guard?
Let's just say, we've done business in the past.
That would take a lot of gold
I have it. For years I've been stealing from the palace. I thought maybe,
someday, I could use it to get back to Nubia. But if I can send my King
We will all be going home soon, Mereb. Now, how are the docks guarded?
By the Captain's soldiers.
So the odds are slim. Can you use a sword, boy?
Me? Actually I'm better at providing encouragement from the sidelines.
A fight won't be necessary. They'll let us through.
(Aida takes out the amulet RADAMES gave her. MEREB gasps.)
Captain Radames gave you that?
Who is this Captain? An Egyptian?
Yes, but he's not like the others, father.
He leads Pharaoh's army, and he did not lay waste to our country like the
He regrets his past.
Aida! Do not shame yourself and me with such witless sentiment. Do not tell
me this Egyptian grieves for the Nubian men executed, the women ravaged,
and the children taken into slavery. Any soft look you have given this
Captain, any soft word, betrays the innocents who suffered at his hands and
at the hands of every soldier he commands. You will cut this man from your
I would not have thought it possible that these Egyptians could give me one
more reason to hate them.
Aida (complete libretto) Song List
›A SLAVE BARGE
›FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE
›THE PAST IS ANOTHER LAND
›HOW I KNOW YOU
›MY STRONGEST SUIT
›THE PHARAOH'S PRIVATE BANQUET ROOM
›FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE (Reprise)
›ENCHANTMENT PASSING THROUGH
›AMNERIS' DRESSING ROOM
›STRONGEST SUIT (Reprise)
›THE NUBIAN SLAVE CAMP
›DANCE OF THE ROBE
›THE NILE'S EDGE
›THE GOD'S LOVE NUBIA
›A STEP TOO FAR
›EASY AS LIFE
›THE WAR ROOM OF THE PALACE
›LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
›WRITTEN IN THE STARS
›I KNOW THE TRUTH
›AMNERIS' DRESSING ROOM
›THE ROYAL WEDDING
›THE JUDGEMENT HALL
›ELABORATE LIVES (Reprise)
›THE INTERIOR OF THE TOMB
›ENCHANTMENT PASSING THROUGH (Reprise)
›EVERY STORY (Reprise)