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Dance of the Robe
Dance Of The Robe is the ninth song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

Mereb leads Aida to the Nubian slave camp, where her people immediately recognize her. While she is worried how they will take the fact that their Princess is now an Egyptian slave as well, her subjects instead offer their praises to her, and perform a ritual dance in her honor.

LyricsEdit

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
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!

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 a weakness
My nigh on impossible duty is clear
And if I can rekindle our 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...

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