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"Elaborate Lives" is the eleventh song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

When alone, Radames and Aida, no longer able to hold it back, admit their love for one another. While they recognize that their situation is incredibly complicated and troubled, at that very moment, they merely wish to enjoy the moment they share, and make love with one another, for as long as it lasts, and face the outcomes some other time, together.

Lyrics

Radames: We all lead such elaborate lives

Wild ambitions in our sights

How an affair of the heart survives

Days apart and hurried nights


Seems quite unbelievable to me

I don't want to live like that

Seems quite unbelievable to me

I don't want to love like that

I just want our time to be

Slower and gentler, wiser, free


We all live in extravagant times

Playing games we can't all win

Unintended emotional crimes

Take some out, take others in


I'm so tired of all were going through

I don't want to live like that

I'm so tired of all were going through

I don't want to love like that

I just want to be with you

Now and forever, peaceful, true


This may not be the moment

To tell you face to face

But I could wait forever

For the perfect time and place


Radames & Aida: We all lead such elaborate lives

We don't know whose words are true

Strangers, lovers, husbands, wives

Hard to know who's loving who


Aida: Too many choices tear us apart

I don't want to live like that


Radames: Too many choices tear us apart

I don't want to love like that

I just want to touch your heart

May this confession...


Radames and Aida: Be the start

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