"The Riddler" as written by and Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen....
Riddler Riddler ask me why
The birds fly free on a mackerel sky
Ask me whither goes the wind
Whence the endless tick-tick stream begins

Make me guess if the earth is flat or round
Set a guessing if fantasies are unbound
If tales aren't just for children to see
That it's peace if sleep walks with me

As you wish
For kingdom come
The one to know all the answers
You think you dwell in wisdoms sea
Still sweet ignorance is the key
To a poet's paradise
Challenge the Riddler and you will see..

Riddler Riddler ask me why
All mothers beneath the Earth and sky
Hold their children's hands for a while
Their hearts forever - yours and mine

Make me wonder what's the meaning of life
What's the use to be born and then die
Make me guess who's the one
Behind the mask of Father and Son

As you wish
For kingdom come
The one to know all the answers
You think you dwell in wisdoms sea
Still sweet ignorance is the key
To a poet's paradise
Challenge the Riddler and you will see..

For nature hates virginity
I wish to be touched
Not by the hands of where's and why's
But by the Oceans' minds

As you wish
For kingdom come
The one to know all the answers
You think you dwell in wisdoms sea
Still sweet ignorance is the key
To a poet's paradise
Challenge the Riddler and you will see..


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"The Riddler" as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen

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  • +2
    General CommentBut even if you defeat the Riddler, you may know not what you sought to know, but something much greater: that you cannot know.

    Sounds confusing, but it makes perfect sense to me. Congrats, Nightwish.
    Kuyukly78on August 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI do not think it says you should not seek to solve life's mysteries. Quite the opposite.

    The more you challenge the Riddler, the more you will discover you do not know, and thus the more 'ignorant' you become, always approaching the poet's paradise.

    "I wish to be touched
    Not by the hands of where's and why's
    But by the Ocean's minds"

    We will not find wisdom in raw data, as necessary as raw data may or may not be to knowing what it true. However, we may find some wisdom here, for example, sharing views of the meaning of a poem.

    That's my interpretation, anyway. Beautiful song.
    fadetogreyon July 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe one who is in charge of earth should be the one who knows all, and there is a very good question in the song-whats the meaning of life?what does it mean to you?
    Alucardaon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the comment above, but i also think the lyrics aim to make us realize that there is beauty in life that goes beyond human comprehension. No one has all the answers, and knowing it all is not the importance of life. Life is all about emotions and actually feeling alive.
    [Fa]llen Angelon February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's perfectly right...brilliant song and especially lyrics, by the way
    Ocean Soulon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totaly agree with all of you
    paghon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its about curiousity... Its about ignorance... Ignorance is bliss!!
    "Still, sweet ignorance is the key
    To a poet's paradise
    Challenge the Riddler and you will see"

    Don't go too far, you'll miss that ignorance that you can never get back, never...
    Xcepticon June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing
    Ocean Soulon March 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the main point of the song is to form your own ideas about what the meaning of life is. And maybe to find out is the whole meaning of life.
    altoid967on May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^ Good song
    Lateralus518on October 09, 2007   Link

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