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

these lyrics are last corrected by Lulu Vettel

Songwriter(s): Nicholas David Kershaw, Nik Kershaw
Copyright: Imagem Songs Ltd.
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Meaning to "The Riddle" (3 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.
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.
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