The Riddle (3:46)

Cover of Two Lights

From Two Lights and 4 other releases

The Riddle” was the first single from American singer/songwriter Five for Fighting’s album Two Lights. John Ondrasik has stated that it was the hardest to write of any of his songs, taking 18 months to write. By the end, he had over 100 drafts before he came up with the final version. Although it began as a song on the meaning of life, it later evolved into a song about the love between a father and his son, inspired by his relationship with his own five-year-old son.

“The Riddle” peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 during an 18-week chart stay. On the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, the song reached #4.


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  • Cure1980

    easy listening rock music .don t play with me....

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Wawajohns

    what a voice. WHY IS IT THAT THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT SONGS WHERE I NEVER KNEW THE SINGER!! >_< frustrating. but I'm glad I know now. jeez, haven't heard this in ages. love it.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • but1980

    rediscovered with #criminalminds series on tv. ♫

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • summerluvsyoo

    i havent heard this song if forever!!! i love it soo much!!

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • charm727

    No gods, no mystical powers, no supernatural, the meaning of life is not "out there" it's just you and I. [2] "Here's a riddle for ya, find the answer..." <3

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • AverageAtasi

    No gods, no mystical powers, no supernatural, the meaning of life is not "out there" it's just you and I.

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • basiclloyd

    this song is so true about things in general

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RustyChile

    wow - just a 1 man show.. huh, goood stuff tho--

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • marthasdaddy

    great great great song!

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Poolie_Girl

    I guess we're big and I guess we're small, If I think about it man you know we've got it all... What a song!

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jayms_wisdom

    I chuffing love this track!!!!

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • lancer8922

    the man has talent

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • spinspiral

    this is beautiful.

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • trishbell

    One of my beautiful perks of being a deejay....John Ondrasik played a private concert to me and my co workers at the radio station. Heaven.

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lilnore

    god it went soooo well in criminal minds and besides that this song just trealy moves me...

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Lady_Elaine

    Amazing lyrics.

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • nygal28

    Oh geez monsieru, that's so sad.....

    24 Aug 2009 Reply
  • finalfan4

    Great song, amazing album.

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Ddotnet

    Adore song. In essence, it could be about "passing it on" to the next generation and our fellow man.

    2 Jun 2009 Reply
  • ChoonFan

    "There are secrets that we, still have left to find", .............i love this artist and have done for a while now, brings back good memories.

    1 Jun 2009 Reply
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