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"The Gods Love Nubia" is the thirteenth song from the concept album Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. The song is sung by Kelly Price.

The song was the finale on the first act. Hearing that her father, Amonasro, had been captured by the 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

The tears of Nubia

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 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 for the moment
The spirit always burning
Though the flesh is torn apart

In the sway of somber music
I shall 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 for the moment
The desolate and the suffering
The plundered, the oppressed

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

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
The 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

The spirit always burning
Though the flesh is torn apart
The spirit always burning
Though the flesh is torn apart

The spirit always burning
Though the flesh is torn apart

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