STRONGEST SUIT (Reprise) Lyrics

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

(RADAMES enters the room, catching AIDA & AMNERIS off guard.)

AMNERIS

Radames! This is my bedchamber. You can't just... you know you shouldn't...

Aida, leave.

(AIDA turns to walk out.)

RADAMES

No, stay. Pour the princess a cup of wine.

(AIDA goes to the wine pitcher and pours the wine.)

AMNERIS

Are you trying to get me drunk, Radames? You know it's not necessary.

RADAMES

Is that your bed in there?

AMNERIS

Silk covered and fat with feathers.

RADAMES

Why don't you go in and I'll join you in a moment.

AMNERIS

Radames, are you sure? We're going to be married in a week.

RADAMES

Amneris, we've been engaged nine years.

AMNERIS

Good point.

(AMNERIS turns and runs offstage.)

RADAMES

You think you can speak to me like that, scold me like a shrew then walk

away? You forget that I can have you carried off to the copper mines.

AIDA

And you forget that I am her property now, not yours.

(AIDA turns to leave.)

RADAMES

It doesn't matter. Because I know now that you were right.

(AIDA gives him a disconcerting look.)

What?

AIDA

I'm shocked. Even in enlightened Nubia, one never hears a man admit he's

wrong.

AMNERIS

(Offstage.)

Radames, I'm ready!

RADAMES

(Calling offstage.)

I'll be right in princess.

(He turns back to AIDA.)

Aida, I was wrong. I have been selfish. If Pharaoh does not recover, Egypt

is going to need a new leader. A strong leader. And I don't think that is

Amneris.

AMNERIS

(Offstage.)

Radames, your engagement party is waiting.

AIDA

You should go to her.

RADAMES

Were you a noblewoman before you were captured?

AIDA

What does it matter? There's nothing noble about me now.

RADAMES

You're wrong. You are noble and courageous. Very few of us dare to speak so

honestly. And considering you're a slave...

AIDA

Yes, we mustn't ever forget that I'm a slave.

RADAMES

I cannot take back the past, Aida. But even if I could... I'm not sure I

want to. Aida, I -

(AMNERIS interrupts him, storming into the room wrapped in a sheet.)

AMNERIS

Radames! You barge into my bedchamber, waging a full-frontal attack, so to

speak... and now you're stalling. Why?

RADAMES

I'm sorry, I didn't realize...

AMNERIS

There's a buck-naked princess lounging in her bed, calling your name. What

exactly didn't you realize? Before our wedding night, pack up some of that

dried monkey meat and have the royal cartographer draw you a map of the

female body, Captain. Maybe then you'll be more inclined to come explore.

(RADAMES looks around and then runs out of the room.)

Was it something I said? When we were children we understood each other so

well. Now he's a mystery to me.

STRONGEST SUIT (Reprise) Lyrics From The Musical Aida (complete libretto)


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