Nik Kershaw (The Riddle)

Official Album Cover
Official Album Cover

The Album

Nik Kershaw (The Riddle) is the second studio album by Nik Kershaw. The title was released on 19 November 1984 by MCA records.

The album was well received and reached number eight on the UK singles.

Music critic, Scott Bultman, wrote for AllMusic:

 “the album finally garnered some deserved attention. The rest is his unique style of well-crafted synth-pop.”

Track Listing

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Know How
  3. You Might
  4. Wild Horses
  5. Easy
  6. The Riddle
  7. City Of Angels
  8. Roses
  9. Wilde Boy
  10. Save The Whale

The Riddle

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Lyrics

Near a tree by a river
There’s a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around

I’ve got two strong arms
Blessings of Babylon
Time to carry on and try
For sins and false alarms
So to America the brave
Wise men say

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

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
And 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

He’ll never, never fight over you
No, he’ll never, never fight over you

Wide Boy

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He made a record
It made him famous, yes, it made him a star
The life and soul of the party
He rocks, and he shocks
(You never know where you are with him)

He got no sense, but he got money
He got no sense, but he got overnight success
Exceed excess, exceed excess

He no big deal, he just a wide boy
He no big deal, he just an ordinary guy
Oh, me, oh, my
Oh, me, oh, my

He made a movie
He played the driver of a big yellow car
He is super fab and groovy
He struts, and he crows
(You never know where you are with him)

He got no sense, but he got money
He got no sense, but he got overnight success
Exceed excess, exceed excess

He no big deal, he just a wide boy
He no big deal, he just an ordinary guy
Oh, me, oh, my
Oh, me, oh, my

And with your symmetry teeth
And your California tan, well
I’m here to tell you that you ain’t no Superman
You just a wide boy (wide boy)

Reference

The Riddle (album) – Wikipedia