"Enchantment Passing Through" is the seventh song of Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

The song featured Radames and Aida imagining what life would be like if they could follow their own ambitions. As the two dreamed together, they began to find themselves falling love.

In the reprise, after being sentenced to death, Aida and Radames clinged to each other after being entombed in the dark, their air slowly dwindling. To comfort a frightened Aida, Radames vowed to find her again, no matter how far or how long. With a final kiss, the lovers died of suffocation.


Radames: To sail away to half-discovered places

To see the secrets so few eyes have seen

To see moments of enchantment on our faces

The moments when we smile, and those between

Aida: Are you talking about Nubia now?

Radames: Yes, in a way.

Aida: If I could leave this place, then I'd go sailing

To corners of my land where there would be

Sweet southern winds of liberty prevailing

A beauty so majestic and so free

Radames: I will take you sailing. South, you can be my guide.

There'd be no ties of time and space to bind me

Aida: And no horizon I could not pursue

Radames: I'd leave the world's misfortunes far behind me

Aida: I'd put my faith and trust in something new

Radames & Aida: But why should I tell you this?

Aida: A stranger I've just met

Radames: A woman whom I hardly know at all and should forget

Radames & Aida: A journey we can only dream of

Enchantment passing through

And how is it I say these things

So easily to you?

Radames: I'll never take you sailing. I'm never going to leave Egypt again!

Aida: You talk as though you've been enslaved. If you don't like your
fate, change it! You are your own master, there are no shackles on you.
So don't expect any pity or understanding from this humble palace slave.

Radames: And why did I tell her this?

A stranger I've just met

A woman who I hardly know at all and will forget

Anonymous and gone tomorrow

Enchantment passing through

And all I've done is tell her things

That she already knew

She knew...

She knew...

There'd be no ties of time and space to bind us

And no horizon we could not pursue

Radames & Aida:
We'd leave the world's misfortunes far behind us

And I will put my faith and trust in you