THE NILE'S EDGE Lyrics

The great washing day. Under the music, a parade of WOMEN enters with baskets

of laundry on their heads. A ritualistic rhythm takes hold as the linens are

soaked, wrung and beaten to dry. AIDA enters and joins in the work. RADAMES

enters with a SOLDIER. As they talk, AIDA watches him covertly. RADAMES

dismisses the SOLDIER.

RADAMES

(To AIDA.)

You were watching me again. All week your eyes have been on me.

AIDA

What do you mean?

RADAMES

Do you think you're going to gain your freedom, just because you've gained

my attention? You are beautiful, but I am not so easily led.

AIDA

If I've looked in your direction, it was only to see if your chalice needed

refilling.

RADAMES

I have no chalice now... and yet you're looking.

AIDA

(Getting up from the bank, picking up her basket and linens.)

Excuse me, Captain, but I have linen to wash.

RADAMES

(As AIDA walks away from him, he turns after her.)

I do not excuse you. Stop there.

AIDA

(She turns to look back at him.)

You wanted something from me?

RADAMES

Oh yes. I want to make your life easier, Aida. Tell me how. What can I do for

you?

AIDA

Help my people.

RADAMES

I want to help you.

AIDA

I am my people. And I cannot continue to live in the comfort of the palace

while my countrymen are dying. You want my "affection," captain?

RADAMES

I can have your "affection" right here if I command it. I want to know if

you feel anything for me - aside from contempt.

AIDA

I don't know.

RADAMES

Then let's find out.

(RADAMES kisses AIDA, she drops her basket; they are stopped when MEREB

enters.)

MEREB

(Shocked at the sight of seeing RADAMES and AIDA kissing.)

Aida, I just saw - Aida, Amneris requests your presence. The princess...

(To RADAMES.)

...your betrothed.

(AIDA leaves)

11. NOT ME

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 conquest on display

MEREB

I can't believe He's changing

And who'd have thought that

Oh, no

Confidence could die?

Not me, Not me

Not 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

Not me, not me

This can never

be

(RADAMES exits as the backdrop rises above the stage.)

MEREB

He's in love

But he's not the only one

Who'll be changed

(AMNERIS and AIDA enter. AIDA is carrying a piece of cloth. AMNERIS is

carrying an umbrella.)

AIDA

(Showing AMNERIS the cloth in her hand.)

This would be lovely on you. I'll say this for you Egyptians; your thread

count is amazing.

AMNERIS

Why hasn't Radames come to see me again? We're to be married in three days

and yet...Aida, I must make things right with him.

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 & 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

NEHEBKA

(Entering with clothes and other items.)

Aida.

AIDA

Nehebka, where did you get that?

NEHEBKA

The Egyptian Captain! He's giving away everything he owns. And he's giving it

all to us.

ACT ONE

Scene Eleven

RADAMES' TENT

NUBIANS and other Egyptian slaves stand around RADAMES' tent. RADAMES appears

from the tent with a basket of food, and a jug of wine. MEREB appears with

another basket handing out fruit.

AIDA & AMNERIS

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

My/his secrets &

My/his passions understood

Not 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

MEREB

Not me, not me

Not me, not me

This can never be

AMNERIS

Look, he is preparing to move into the Palace. So, whatever doubts he had the

other night must be gone. But you stay, Aida. Apologize for me.

AIDA

Oh, no! I can't.

AMNERIS

You can. You always say the right thing. I never do.

AIDA

No princess, please don't make me.

AMNERIS

I would never make you. But I am asking you, as my friend.

(AMERNIS exits just as RADAMES spots AIDA.)

AIDA

Thank you.

RADAMES

It was nothing. Actually, it was everything, but it doesn't matter.

AIDA

Captain, I just came to tell you that the princess is sorry for what she said

the other night. And she wants you to know that...

RADAMES

Aida...

(RADAMES tries to take AIDA'S hand but she pulls away.)

AIDA

You are betrothed to my mistress!

RADAMES

It was arranged by my father, and it will be unarranged by me.

AIDA

You could raid another country tomorrow and rebuild your fortune. Radames,

you're an Egyptian! Nothing will ever change that fact. I don't even know

why you bothered to do this.

RADAMES

Don't you?

THE NILE'S EDGE Lyrics From The Musical Aida (complete libretto)


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