Written in the Stars

LeAnn Rimes, Elton John

About Written in the Stars

"Written in the Stars" is a single released in 1999 by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes. The song came from the musical Aida, written by Elton John and Tim Rice. In this scene in the musical, Radames informs Aida that he's calling off the wedding. Aida knows that this would ruin her father's escape and tells him he must go through with it. Radames agrees, on condition that she escapes to freedom on a boat he will provide. The two lovers lament the complication of the circumstances of their love together before parting. There are two different recordings of the song, one with Rimes performing the first verse, the other with John. For John, "Written in the Stars" was his 57th—and to date final—top-forty single on the US Billboard charts as a performer. John achieved at least one top-forty single on the US charts every year from 1970 to 1999, with this song being the last in the run. In Canada, "Written in the Stars" topped the RPM Adult Contemporary chart and reached number 22 on the RPM Top Singles chart. Due to Rimes' previous country music success, it also peaked at number 74 on the RPM Country Tracks chart due to unsolicited airplay as an album cut. Elsewhere, the single reached number 10 in the United Kingdom and the top 40 in Austria, Iceland and Switzerland. In is certified Gold in the US for shipments exceeding 500,000. 


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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 or wonder what befell
The someone you once loved, so long ago, so well

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?
Is this God's experiment in which we had no say?
In which we're given paradise but only for a day?

Nothing can be altered, oh, there is nothing to decide
No escape, no change of heart, nor any place to hide
You are all I'll ever want, but this I am denied
Sometimes in my darkest thoughts, I wish I'd never learned
What it is to be in love and have that love returned

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?
Is this God's experiment in which we had no say?
In which we're given paradise but only for a day?

(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?)
Is this God's experiment in which we have no say?
In which we're given paradise but only for a day?

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Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. more »

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Written by: Elton John, Tim Rice

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6 facts about this song

Release Information
1. "Written in the Stars" was released in 1999. 2. It was part of the concept album from Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical, "Aida". 3. This track is the first song on the "Aida" album.
Song Performance
4. The song is a duet, performed by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes. 5. "Written in the Stars" peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 in Canada.
6. Elton John is a famous British singer, songwriter, and pianist, well-known for hits like "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind". 7. LeAnn Rimes is an American country and pop artist who is best known for her song "How Do I Live". 8. Tim Rice is an English lyricist and author, and he is famous for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, like "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".
Music Video
9. The official music video for "Written in the Stars" features Elton John and LeAnn Rimes singing both individually and together, with scenes from the Broadway musical, "Aida".
Impact and Legacy
10. The song "Written in the Stars" is played at the end of the first act of the musical "Aida". 11. The phrase 'written in the stars' is an idiom meaning that something is destined to happen. 12. The song received a nomination at the 42nd Grammy Awards for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals but did not win. 13. It's seen as one of Elton John's most memorable duets.
Lyrics Insights
14. "Written in the Stars" tells the story of two lovers doomed by fate, reflecting the narrative of Aida in the Broadway musical. 15. The song has deeply emotional lyrics portraying star-crossed lovers who almost seem to accept their tragic fate, hence the title "Written in the Stars".

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