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"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.

Lyrics

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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