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"Every Story Is a Love Story" is the opening song for Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida.

Sung by Amneris, an Egyptian Pharaoh, her statue in a museum exhibit comes to life after a man and woman touring the exhibit set their eyes on another. Amneris explains to the audience that the story to be told that night will be a love story, and she transports them thousands of years in the past to the time when Ancient Egypt ruled the Nile.


Amneris: Every story, tale or memoir
Every saga or romance
Whether true or fabricated
Whether planned or happenstance

Whether sweeping through the ages
Casting centuries aside Or a hurried brief recital
Just a thirty-minute ride

Whether bright or melancholy

Rough and ready, finely spun

Whether with a thousand players

Or a lonely cast of one

Every story, new or ancient

Bagatelle or work of art

All are tales of human failing

All are tales of love at heart

This is the story of a love that flourished in a time of hate

Of lovers no tyranny could separate

Love set into motion on the Nile's shore

Destiny ignited by an act of war

Egypt saw the mighty river

As its very heart and soul

Source of life for all her people

That only Egypt could control

Destruction of her southern neighbor justified

Nubia exploited, left with little more than pride


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