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"A Step Too Far" is the thirteenth song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

It is the opening of Act II, and features the three primary characters , Aida, Radames and Amneris directly addressing the audience, commenting on their respective love triangle, usually highlighted by a neon lighted pyramid encasing the three while they are clothed in black modern formal attire. Amneris wonders why her fiancé, doesn't court her in the way he is entitled, Radames realizes he is caught between his engagement and loyalty to his childhood friend and his love for a Nubian slave, and Aida is torn between her love for Radames and her duty to her country and her people.

Lyrics

Amneris: It's so strange he doesn't show me
More affection than he needs
Almost formal, too respectful
Never takes romantic leads
There are times when I imagine
I'm not always on his mind
He's not thinking what I'm thinking
Always half a step behind
Always half a step behind
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Radames: I'm in every kind of trouble
Can't you tell? Just look at me
Half-ecstatic, half-dejected
All-in-all, I'm all at sea
Easy terms I thought I wanted
Fill me now with chilling dread
You could never know the chaos
Of a life turned on its head
Of a life turned on its head
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Radames & Amneris: Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Aida: I am certain that I love him
But a love can be misplaced
Have I compromised my people
In my passion and my haste?
I could be his life companion
Anywhere but where we are
Am I leader? Am I traitor?
Did I take a step too far?

Did I take a step too far?


Amneris: It's so strange he doesn't show me

More affection than he needs
Almost formal, too respectful
Never takes romantic leads
There are times when I imagine
I'm not always on his mind
He's not thinking what I'm thinking
Always half a step behind

Always half a step behind

Radames: I'm in every kind of trouble

Can't you tell? Just look at me
Half-ecstatic, half-dejected
All-in-all, I'm all at sea
Easy terms I thought I wanted
Fill me now with chilling dread
You could never know the chaos
Of a life turned on its head

Of a life turned on its head

Aida: I am certain that I love him

But a love can be misplaced
Have I compromissed my people
In my passion and my haste?
I could be his life companion
Anywhere but where we are
Am I leader? Am I traitor?
Did I take a step too far?

Did I take a step too far?


Aida:Oh, oh, oh, oh

Aida & Radames: Oh, oh, oh, oh

Aida, Radames & Amneris: Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Did I take a step too far?

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