Riddle Me Lyrics

UB40


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terrence Oswald Wilson
album: Track 1 in album Geffery Morgan
release date: 1984-10-16
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Reggae Non-Music
styles: Reggae/Dub/Synth-pop
length: 3:58
vocal: Ali Campbell
trumpet: Astro
engineer: Howard Gray
guitar: Robin Campbell
keyboard: Michael Virtue
bass guitar: Earl Falconer
electronic drum set & drums: Jim Brown

Cover Art

UB40 Geffery Morgan cover art
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[Chorus]
Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who owns the chains that bind your wrists?
Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who built the machine that washed your brain?
Like parents did before them
Your parents did the same
They said do your best, you must pass the test
You must learn to play the game
They scrimped and saved and suffered
To send you off to school
But if they'd had the cash they could've bought the class
And a different set of rules

Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who owns the chains that bind your wrists?
Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who built the machine that washed your brain?

They taught a simple system
Why they had and you had not
They said know your place, you can't win the race
Life's an auction you're the lot
If you'd ever thought to question
They would never answer why
When they buy your sweat, your are in their debt
And they own you till you die

Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who owns the chains that bind your wrists?
Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who built the machine that washed your brain?

You took hook line and sinker
Everything they fed
Worked day and night, for most your life
To earn their daily bread
Now you're old and weary,
And you lay you down to sleep
With body worn and spirit torn
What's left is yours to keep

Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who owns the chains that bind your wrists?
Riddle me who, riddle me why, answer me this,
Who built the machine that washed your brain?


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Riddle Me
  • 2 As Always You Were Wrong Again
  • 3 If It Happens Again
  • 4 D.U.B.
  • 5 The Pillow
  • 6 Nkomo-A-Go-Go
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8 You're Not an Army
  • 9 I'm Not Fooled So Easily
  • 10 Your Eyes Were Open