THE WAR ROOM OF THE PALACE Lyrics

ZOSER is showing AMNERIS a giant map of the Nile.

AMNERIS

But why did we invade Babylon?

ZOSER

Because once we have control of the waterways, the rest of the world opens up

for us.

AMNERIS

Yes, but our Egyptian armies just stormed in and seized power? How oppressive

of us.

ZOSER

Perhaps, Princess. But where do you think that beautiful necklace came from?

(He points to her necklace. AMNERIS looks down at it, then removes it,

placing it on Zoser's table.)

AMNERIS

Suddenly it's not so beautiful

(RADAMES enters.)

ZOSER

I've been explaining our foreign campaigns to Amneris.

RADAMES

Really?

ZOSER

Yes. Because she wanted to know what's been preoccupying you of late.

AMNERIS

Radames, I feel like we haven't had a moment along since you returned from

Nubia. I miss you. Can't we spend this afternoon together?

RADAMES

Of course. Of course, we can. But first, I'd like to have a word with my

father.

(He takes a scroll from the table and hands it to AMNERIS.)

Here, you can read this while you wait.

AMNERIS

"The Campaign at Kadesh."

RADAMES

It will give us something to talk about.

AMNERIS

I didn't realize we were at a loss for topics. But then there's a lot I

haven't realized

(AMNERIS exits.)

RADAMES

That was clever of you.

ZOSER

I can't have you neglecting the girl. Not after all the trouble I've gone to.

RADAMES

You arranged a marriage.

ZOSER

There have been other arrangements as well, son. Things I've done on your

behalf.

RADAMES

I haven't asked you to do anything for me!

ZOSER

No you're right, you haven't because you've been too busy whiling away the

hours with that slave girl.

RADAMES

Oh, your spies are good.

ZOSER

Radames, you can have your little diversion, just wait until after you've wed.

RADAMES

Like you did?

ZOSER

Your mother never had any complaints.

RADAMES

She never had any choice.

ZOSER

Don't you realize that whore could cost you the throne?

RADAMES

I don't care about the throne, father. Because I'm not like you. And I never

will be.

THE WAR ROOM OF THE PALACE Lyrics From The Musical Aida (complete libretto)


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