Nik Kershaw - The Riddle
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NIK KERSHAW


The Riddle Lyrics

I got two strong arms
Blessings of Babylon
With time to carry on and try
For sins and false alarms
So to America the brave
Wise men save

Near a tree by a river
There's a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There's a wrong and a right
But he'll never, never fight over you

I got plans for us
Nights in the scullery
And days instead of me
I only know what to discuss
Oh, for anything but light
Wise men fighting over you

It's not me you see
Pieces of valentine
With just a song of mine
To keep from burning history
Seasons of gasoline and gold
Wise men fold

Near a tree by a river
There's a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There's a wrong and a right
But he'll never, never fight over you

I got time to kill
Sly looks in corridors
Without a plan of yours
A blackbird sings on bluebird hill
Thanks to the calling of the wild
Wise men's child

Near a tree by a river
There's a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There's a wrong and a right
But he'll never, never fight over you

Near a tree by a river
There's a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
For a strange kind of fashion
There's a wrong and a right
But he'll never, never fight over you

But he'll never, never fight over you

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Songwriter(s): Nicholas David Kershaw, Nik Kershaw
Copyright: Imagem Songs Ltd.
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Meaning to "The Riddle" (12 meanings)
Scry 02/23/14,15:15
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I read, that the lyrics were actually created as a placeholder, because they couldn't write lyrics good enough in time. They fit prefectly, but they have no real meaning. Although my source is not the most reliable of all, this still might be true.
Rubyriches 11/26/12,06:53
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they hve no meaning , even nick kershaw said that, they're guide vocals thrown together, though they do sound like a riddle.......
Hellow 11/18/12,10:28
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The talk about Babylon, sin, right and wrong, wise men, gives it a biblical meaning! A river flowed under the walls and through the city of Babylon, which Cyrus dammed up and he sent his armies through the hole to gain easy access to the city of Babylon. Hope this helps!
Axle of Elvis 11/04/12,08:12
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Had no idea what the lyrics were until now, very deep. Used to think the 2nd chorus ended with (...and you'll never ever find the riddle). Very much doubt it was about the Gulf War, no one can predict that far into the future. The video clip itself was a riddle... and I'm still left wondering.
Vukomanov 08/23/12,10:15
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I believe there is no meaning in this song. Maybe Nik wanted to say something about himself. The best solution is that everybody should understand the song to his own liking.
Drake 02/01/12,09:01
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There is no meaning, but the song+video in of itself is very inspirational as far as getting one to think outside of the box, and to immerse oneself in the problem.
Leon 08/25/11,20:16
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this song was released in 1984 which was way before any trouble in the middle east so this did not refer to Iraq (but I can understand why you might think that) but this song is not that deep.
infinite 05/04/11,13:06
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The song may be meaningless, but it is really interesting to know how people think, kudos to Mike Daniels and MacLeod. That is a good thought for a seemingly random lyrics.
L-ski 02/17/11,16:25
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The song has no meaning at all. The words are just random lines Kershaw wrote to the tune until he could figure out better lyics. He never did and the song was released as it was.
Mike Daniels 12/28/10,19:46
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Two strong arms: gold and gasoline. Iraq is Babylon. So to America the Brave wise men save money - gold not paper. Saran is vinyl which goes around, a broken record - the old story - Gold is money.
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