Enchantment Passing Through is the seventh song in Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Aida.

The song features Radames and Aida imagining what life would be like if they could follow their own ambitions. As the two dream together, they begin to find themselves falling love.


Radames: To sail away to half-discovered places
To see the secrets so few eyes have seen
To see moments of enchantment on our faces
The moments when we smile, and those between

Aida: Are you talking about Nubia now?

Radames: Yes, in a way.

Aida: If I could leave this place, then I'd go sailing
To corners of my land where there would be
Sweet southern winds of liberty prevailing
A beauty so majestic and so free

Radames: I will take you sailing. South, you can be my guide.

There'd be no ties of time and space to bind me

Aida: And no horizon I could not pursue

Radames: I'd leave the world's misfortunes far behind me

Aida: I'd put my faith and trust in something new

Radames & Aida: But why should I tell you this?

Aida: A stranger I've just met

Radames: A woman whom I hardly know at all and should forget

Radames & Aida: A journey we can only dream of
Enchantment passing through
And how is it I say these things
So easily to you?

Radames: I'll never take you sailing. I'm never going to leave Egypt again!

Aida: You talk as though you've been enslaved. If you don't like your
fate, change it! You are your own master, there are no shackles on you.
So don't expect any pity or understanding from this humble palace slave.

Radames: And why did I tell her this?
A stranger I've just met
A woman who I hardly know at all and will forget
Anonymous and gone tomorrow
Enchantment passing through
And all I've done is tell her things
That she already knew
She knew...
She knew...