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"Written In the Stars" is the eighteenth song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida. The song is sung by Aida and Radames, as they come to an understanding that even though they wish it, nothing can happen between them. Aida begs Radames to marry Amneris, so that distraction can allow her and her father to escape. They bemoan the fact that they have been fates play things, but affirm that they do and always will love each other.

Lyrics

Aida: I am here to tell you we can never meet again

Simple really, isn't it? A word or two and then

A lifetime of not knowing where or how or why or when

You think of me or speak of me and wonder what befell

That someone you once loved so long ago so well


Radames: Never wonder what I'll feel as living shuffles by

You don't have to ask me and I need not reply

Every moment of my life from now until I die

I will think or dream of you and fail to understand

How a perfect love can be confounded out of hand


Is it written in the stars?

Are we paying for some crime?

Is that all that we are good for

Just a stretch of mortal time?

Or some God's experiment

In which we have no say?

In which we're given paradise

But only for a day?


Aida: Marry the Princess, Radames. You can help my people. This could be our chance to do something important. Don't you see?


Nothing can be altered, there is nothing to decide

No escape, no change of heart, nor anyplace to hide


Radames: Oh, you are all I ever want, but this I am denied

Sometimes in my darkest thoughts, I wish I'd never learned


Radames & Aida: What it is to be in love and have that love returned


Aida: Is it written in the stars?

Are we paying for some crime?

Is that all that we are good for

Just some stretch of mortal time?


Aida & Radames: Or some God's experiment

In which we have no say?

In which we're given paradise

But only for a day?

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