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"My Strongest Suit" is the sixth song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

The song features the official introduction of Princess Amneris, who explains her wardrobe minded philosophy, as her handmaidens help prepare her for the royal banquet, and putting on a veritable fashion show in the process.

Lyrics

Amneris:
In life, one has to face a huge assortment

Of nauseating fads and good advice

There's health, and fitness, diet, and deportment

And other pointless forms of sacrifice


Conversation? Wit? I am a doubter

Manners? Charm? They're no way to impress

So forget the inner me, observe the outer

I am what I wear and how I dress


Oh, now I believe in lookin'

Like my time on earth is cookin'

Whether polka dotted, striped or even checked

With some glamour guaranteeing

Every fiber on of my being

Is displayed to quite remarkable effect


From your cradle via trousseau

To your deathbed you're on view, so

Never compromise, accept no substitute

I would rather wear a barrel

Than conservative apparel

For my dress has always been...my strongest suit


(Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere)


Staying in or hitting town-wards

From the top and working downwards

I ensure that every stitch is stitched in time (Is stitched in time)

Whether wig or hat or turban

Whether clad boudoir or urban

Not to strut your stuff outrageously is a crime (It's such a crime)


And the few who are invited (Overwear)

To my wardrobe are delighted (Underwear)

As they wander through my things (Anytime)

To find en route (We're wandering through your things)

That in negligee or formal (Negligee)

I am anything but normal (Anything but normal)

And dress has always been my strongest suit


(Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere)

(Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere)

I am what I wear

(Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere)

I said anytime...

(Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere)

Anywhere


So bring me all my finest (Finest)

Most audacious, my divinest (Divinest)

Most revealing, most expensive and to boot (Most revealing, most expensive)

(Most arresting) Most arresting

(Most heartstopping) Most heartstopping

Most free-flowing (Overwear)

Most eye-popping (Underwear)

Most arresting (Anytime)

Most heartstopping, yeah (Anywhere)

Dress has always been my strongest suit!


(I am what I wear)

My strongest suit

(I am what I wear)

You know that I am what I wear

(I am what I wear)

Dress has always been my strongest suit!


So bring me all my finest (My finest)

Most audacious, my divinest (Divinest)

Most revealing, most expensive and to boot (Most revealing, most expensive)

Most arresting, most heartstopping

Most free-flowing, most eye-popping

Dress has always been my strongest suit!


(I am what I wear)

My strongest suit

(I am what I wear)

You know that I am what I wear

Dress has always been my strongest

My strongest, my strongest

My strongest, my strongest

My strongest suit!

Amneris: I may leave a great impression

As I race through a succession

Of the latest crazes, chase the newest fad

I feel better when beguiling

Find that fashion keeps me smiling

But in my heart, I know it's rather sad


Aida: That a life of great potential

Is dismissed, inconsequential


Amneris: And only ever seen as being...cute

So I'll flutter to deceive.

Aida: Oh no

No, you must believe

That one day you're bound to find


Amneris & Aida: A stronger suit

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