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The Riddle
by Nik Kershaw

I 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 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 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

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

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

No he'll never, never fight over you

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: NIK KERSHAW

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Kanno Yoichi

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
僕は二つの強い武器を知ってる
バビロンの恵み(文明の力の比喩)を
行使する力と
その罪業や
誤った警告を行使する力だ
アメリカの勇敢なる
賢者がやっているようにね

[chorus]
Near a tree by a river
There's a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Erin
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
川沿いに木があり
地面に穴のあいた土地があり
年老いたエール(アイルランド)人の男が
うろうろしている
彼の心は夜を照らす
灯台のようだ
似合っているかどうかはともかく
彼は変な格好をしている
でも彼は君と争いはしないだろう

I got plans for us
Nights in the scullery
And days instead of me
I only know what to discuss
Of for anything but light
Wise men fighting over you
僕はひらめいたことがある
洗い流したいような夜と
昼を僕が背負おうかと
ただ僕は話し合うことがあればいい
光のこと以外ならね
賢者達が君と争うと言うのならね

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
君が見てるのは僕じゃないさ
バレンタインの欠片かな
そうそれは僕の歌の中さ
戦火の歴史からもガソリンや
金の暴騰からも避けられるようにとね
賢者達は避けずにいくだろうがね

[chorus repeat]

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 mens child
暇つぶしの時間があったのさ
予定外の行動をする君を
こっそりと見に廊下に出たのさ
ブラックバードが幸せの青い鳥の丘でさえずってる
荒々しい賢者の子供を呼んでくれて有難うとね

[chorus repeat (2x)]
..But he'll never, never fight over you
でも彼は君と争いはしないだろう

Comments from YouTube:

kailynx

I've been searching this song for almost twenty years since I first heard part of it from a radio!!!

CALVOCS

I was searching a song that I remmembered only shadow of lyrics from childhood which was hakeoooo hey hakeoooo LOL. One day I went to the site of 1000 of best 1980`s song and I found it there and it was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adk1ujjmguo

Sergey Vorniches

Dark times with no Shazam...

David Homeyer

Realy?I ever know this Song because i love it.The Song was ever in my mind.

George Joseph

Same here. Heard it on the radio. Fell in love with it.

Agent B-7

That riddle took quite some time to solve, didn’t it ;)

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Just Music

If this song is broken down, would you agree or disagree with it?
SongFacts...
I got two strong arms
Blessings of Babylon
(I'm a living creature with the gift of life)

Time to carry on and try
For sins and false alarms
(With time on the earth do all kinds of bad things)

So to America the brave
Wise men save
(So like the pilgrims, wise men must go and save these people)

Near a tree by a river
(The tree of life in the garden of eden?)

There's a hole in the ground
(Hell. Death. etc)

Where an old man of Aran
Goes around and around
(The old man, presumably a saviour or God, is warding people away from the hole)

And his mind is a beacon
In the veil of the night
(And his mind lights up the hole, like a lighthouse, so you don't fall into it)

For a strange kind of fashion
There's a wrong and a right
(for each behaviour there is good and evil)

And he'll never fight over you
(And he won't stop you choosing good or evil)

I got plans for us
nights in the scullery
And days instead of me
(Whoever is speaking only talks of night, and isn't around during the light, or daytime. This is standard metaphor for an evil character)

I only know what to discuss
Of for anything but light
(More clues that whoever speaking is evil, death, etc. as he will not speak of light.)

Wise men fighting over you
(The two wise men - good and evil - fight over control of you)

It's not me you see
pieces of valentine
(The other wise man is hidden, but offers love)

With just a song of mine
To keep from burning history
(Calling out to us so that we don't destroy ourselves)

Seasons of gasoline and gold
(History is full of times of peace and war.)

Wise men fold
(The wise men have finished having their say)

I got time to kill,
(We still have time on earth while we live)

sly looks in corridors
Without a plan of yours
(and we're going into weird and strange places... if we have no plan. But whose plan?)

A blackbird sings on bluebird hill
(And as a result we see things that are strange and contradictory)

Thanks to the calling of the wild
(The wild, probably meaning evil and untamed nature leading us down a dark path)

Wise mens child
(That's us. Left to make our choice)
Nathan - Adelaide, Australia

Joss Grey

@Suilven Mountain I mean, you're right, but you don't have to be a dick about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la5DBtOVNI

Yeet

@Jack D. Flippin Yup, Nik himself said it's all nonsense. But if people recognize a pattern in the static on their TV they'll try to tell the world it's the word of god or some bullshit. Just gotta ignore them.

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