Radames:
We all lead such elaborate lives
wild ambitions in our sights
How an affair of the heart survives
days apart and hurried nights
Seems quite unbelievable to me
I don't want to live like that
seems quite unbelievable to me
I don't want to love like that
I just want our time to be
slower and gentler, wiser,free

We all live in extravagant times
playing games we can't all win
Unintened emotional crimes
Take some out, take others in

I'm so tired of all were going through
I don't want to live like that
I'm so tired of all were going through
I don't want to love like that
I jsut want to be with you
Now and forever ,peaceful,true
This may not be the moment
to tell you face to face
But I could wait forever
for the perfect time and place

Aida & Radames:
We all lead such elaborate lives
We don't know whose words are true
Strangers, lovers, husbands, wives
Hard to know who's loving who

Aida:
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to live like that

Radames:
Too many choices tear us apart
I don't want to love like that
I just want to touch your heart
May this confession

Radames and Aida:
be the start


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    General CommentIf you know this story, its definitely a love story. A couple; one a loyal subject to the Pharoah of Egypt, and one a princess who's been captured as a slave in Egypt. They're countries are at war because of this. I've never seen this musical, but I know that much. They can never see each other during the day, and their nights are "rushed". The prince has to choose between being loyal to the Pharoah or being with "Aida". And she has to choose between her father, whom she loves and is fighting for her, or "Radames". Its a beautiful story. Especially with it being interracial on stage.

    Radames:
    We all lead such elaborate lives
    wild ambitions in our sights
    (We all have dreams and complicated lives without love in the first place)

    How an affair of the heart survives
    days apart and hurried nights
    Seems quite unbelievable to me
    (It's amazing how the heart can survive through our already complicated lives, especially when you don't see that person as much as you want or can)

    I don't want to live like that
    seems quite unbelievable to me
    I don't want to love like that
    I just want our time to be
    slower and gentler, wiser,free
    (This is pretty obvious. He wants to be with her freely without hiding and living this complicated life with all these lies.)

    We all live in extravagant times
    playing games we can't all win
    (We all live life and don't always necessarily get what we want.)

    Unintended emotional crimes
    Take some out, take others in
    (Sometimes we hurt people unintentionally, and sometimes we hurt one person to love someone else or to hurt someone to get approval from other people)

    I'm so tired of all were going through
    I don't want to live like that
    I'm so tired of all were going through
    I don't want to love like that
    I just want to be with you
    Now and forever ,peaceful,true
    (Again, obviously, he's tired of having to hide their love because other people don't approve. He wants to be with her forever. ::sniffle:: )

    This may not be the moment
    to tell you face to face
    (This song is a climax in the show I think. This is one of the times where their people are fighting or something. So it really isn't a great time to talk about it....cause they don't wanna be killed anytime soon... lol. Buuuuuuut......)

    But I could wait forever
    for the perfect time and place
    (Self-explanatory. He'd wait forever to be with her in a place where they could be free to love each other and be happy. again, ::sniffle:: )

    Aida & Radames:
    We all lead such elaborate lives
    We don't know whose words are true
    Strangers, lovers, husbands, wives
    Hard to know who's loving who
    (There's a lot of betrayal in the story, especially because the Pharoah's daughter also loves Radames but he doesn't love her back, but she knows about them. Basically every type of love is complicated. We can't tell who's lying and who's being faithful. It's hard to know if she loves her father and country more and if he would rather stay faithful to his Pharoah or not)

    Aida:
    Too many choices tear us apart
    I don't want to live like that
    (Obvious..... the cons of this love probably outweigh the pros a lot more....)

    Radames:
    Too many choices tear us apart
    I don't want to love like that
    I just want to touch your heart
    May this confession

    Radames and Aida:
    be the start

    (I think this confession is basically just saying, I love you and I would do anything to be with you, but it's hard to choose and I can't tell you that I'll choose you over my other commitments.
    And to tell you the truth, I don't know how this story ends.... lol. I'm gonna google RIGHT now.)

    This song means SO MUCH to me. I'm in a interracial long-distance relationship and people think we're too young and too unwise to truly love each other. But both of us are a lot wiser than our friends and people our age. And he has his friends and family in California and he lives with and takes care of his grandfather there. And he's trying hard to get a job just so he can fly me over there. And I'm just stuck living with my mom, and we're really broke. So I'm just trying to get the money to keep us afloat. But I'm secretly stashing a little bit at a time if we get money, to hopefully save up for a life with him. I could be homeless, as long as I'm with him. We both live, such elaborate lives, playing games we can't always win. But I could wait forever, for the perfect time and place. Me and him have one of those really deep "love story" loves. And we both know life tugs us apart and its almost practically impossible to be with each other, but we're both willing to wait for the time when we get to spend forever with each other. We've been together 3 years. We met online. And a year and a half into our relationship, his grandfather bought him a ticket and he took me to my prom. We got to be together for four days. And then another year and a half went by, and in September he got to celebrate my birthday with me and he was here for two weeks total. And he got to stay at my house so we were constantly with each other. And his eyes are just so deep that I can't stare into them for long enough, cause I'm pretty sure I'll either melt or drown. And yes. Thats corny. But so is every love story. It doesnt keep you from crying though does it...?
    Emilyaeon October 09, 2009   Link

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