The Riddle

Album: Two Lights (2006)
Charted: 40
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  • There was a man back in ninety-five
    Whose heart ran out of summers
    But before he died, I asked him
    Wait, what's the sense in life?
    Come over me, come over me?

    He said, son why you got to sing that tune?
    Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon?
    Let an angel swing and make you swoon
    Then you will see, you will see

    Then he said, here's a riddle for you
    Find the answer, there's a reason for the world
    You and I

    Picked up my kid from school today
    Did you learn anything?
    'Cause in the world today
    You can't live in a castle far away
    Now talk to me, come talk to me

    He said, dad I'm big, but we're smaller than small
    In the scheme of things, well we're nothing at all
    Still every mother's child sings a lonely song
    So play with me, come play with me

    And hey dad, here's a riddle for you
    Find the answer, there's a reason for the world
    You and I?

    I said, son for all I've told you
    When you get right down to the
    Reason for the world who am I?

    There are secrets that we still have left to find
    There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
    There are answers we're not wise enough to see
    He said, you looking for a clue?
    I love you free

    The batter swings and the summer flies
    As I look into my angel's eyes
    A song plays on while the moon is hiding over me
    Something comes over me

    I guess we're big and I guess we're small
    If you think about it man you know we got it all
    'Cause we're all we got on this bouncing ball
    And I love you free, I love you freely

    Here's a riddle for you
    Find the answer, there's a reason for the world
    You and I Writer/s: John Ondrasik
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Jake from Naperville, IlAt the beginning, the dying man tells him he would find the meaning of life if he listens to a Bob Dylan song, sees a lunar eclipse, and "let an angel swing and make you swoon." After he does these things, he figures out that life is about loving those around you.

    by the way, i think that "let an angel swing and make you swoon" is a reference to the LA Angels. John Ondrasek is from LA and is a huge sports fan. At the end of the song, he refers back to the answer given to him by the old man as "The batter swings and the summer flies as I look into my angels eyes, a song plays on while the moon is hiding over me, something comes over me."

    I initially thought all these years that this was a reference to seeing his kid playing baseball and looking into his wife's eyes, but now I realize there really isn't a woman in this song and the angel's eyes he looks into are probably his kid's, while the baseball reference is probably the LA Angels.

    just my two cents.
  • Eric from Mentor, OhI liked the song before I read the lyrics... Now, I love it. Beautiful.
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