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"The Gods Love Nubia" is the twelfth song of Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

The song was the finale on the first act. Hearing that her father, Amonasro, had been captured by Egyptian forces, Princess Aida tried to rally her peoples' spirits, despite the fact that their king was now enslaved too. She insisted that fate had been cruel to them, but it can only get better as long as they keep their hope alive and not let life bury them in sorrows. She assured her people that no matter what happens to their land, that Nubia will always live on, as each one of them was Nubia. She led them all in a hymn of their homeland, assuring her fellow slaves that the Gods had not forgotten them.

Lyrics

Aida: Take me in my dreams recurring
Cheerful as a childhood dance
Into one more taste of freedom
One more longing backward glance
In the sway of somber music
I shall never, never understand
Let me slip into the sweeter
Chorus of that other land

The gods love Nubia
The beautiful, the golden
The radiant, the fertile
The gentle and the blessed
The pain of Nubia
Is only of the moment
The desolate, the suffering
The plundered, the oppressed

Nehebka: The gods love Nubia
Their glorious creation
Their songs roll sweetly
Across the harvest plain

All: The tears of Nubia
A passing aberration
They wash into the river
And are never cried again

The gods love Nubia
We have to keep believing
Though scattered and divided
We are still its heart
The fall of Nubia
Ephemeral and fleeting
The spirit always burning
Though the flesh is torn apart

Take me in my dreams recurring
Cheerful as a childhood dance
Into one more taste of freedom
One more longing backward glance

The gods love Nubia
The beautiful, the golden
The radiant, the fertile
The gentle and the blessed
The pain of Nubia
Is only of the moment
The desolate, the suffering
The plundered, the oppressed

The gods love Nubia
We have to keep believing
Though we're scattered and divided
We are still its heart
The fall of Nubia
Ephemeral and fleeting
The spirit, it's always burning
Though the flesh, it's torn apart
My spirit will keep on burning
Though the flesh, it's torn apart

Take me in my dreams recurring
One more longing backward glance