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"Elaborate Lives (Reprise)" is the Twentieth song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

After the two are sentenced to death for crimes of treason against the Pharaoh, Aida and Radames, while frightened, accept their fates with dignity. Having been granted a mercy out of love by Amneris, and allowed to die together, the two are willing to face their execution, as they will no longer have to live in their lies, and be together till their last breath. With their final confessions, the guards seal the lovers within their tomb, where they will die by suffocation.

Lyrics

Aida: 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

Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to live like that
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to love like that
I just want to keep your heart
May this confession be the start

I know you gave me courage
To face what I must face
With all these complications
In another time and place

Aida & Radames: We all lead such elaborate lives
We don't know whose words are true
An affair of the heart survives
All the pain this world can do

Radames: I'm so tired of all we're going through
I don't want to live like that

Aida: I'm so tired of all we're going through
I don't want to love like that
I just want to be with you
Now and forever, peaceful, true

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