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John Ondrasik

Vladimir John Ondrasik III (born January 7, 1965), known by his stage name Five for Fighting, is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, record producer, and philanthropist. He is best known for his piano-based soft rock ballads, such as the top 40 hits "Superman" (2001), "100 Years" (2003) and "The Riddle" (2006). He also had a string of moderate hits on the adult contemporary charts in the late 2000s and into the 2010s, including "World" (2006), "Chances" (2009), "What If" (2013), "Christmas Where You Are" (2017) and "Got Blood On My Hands" (2021).


  • Got blood on my hands
    Got blood on my hands
    And I don't understand
    What's happening
    There's blood on these hands
    And still American's
    Left to the Taliban
    Now how's that happening?
    Winkin' Blinken
    Can't you look me in the eyes
    Willy Milley
    Tell me when did you decide
    This we'll defend
    Your sacred motto
    Now means... never mind
    Got blood on my hands
    Got blood on my hands
    Flag of the Taliban
    Over Afghanistan
    I can't hear her scream if shе's not, she's not
    She's not on TV
    To every Afghan ally that we left behind
    Every child who won't know freedom
    Faces covered and blind
    As for this American promise
    Now... shit in the Fire.
    • "Blood On My Hands" (2021)
  • Shot down, said you never had the chance,
    Took a ride on a suicide romance.
    Could have sworn there was somebody home
    To facilitate the great unknown.
    Oh woman, I ain't going to meet you anywhere.
    Don't know where I'm going yet,
    But I sure am getting there.
  • I can't stand to fly.
    I'm not that naïve.
    I'm just out to find
    The better part of me.

    I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane,
    I'm more than some pretty face beside a train.
    It's not easy to be me.

  • I wish that I could cry,
    Fall upon my knees.
    Find a way to lie
    'Bout a home I'll never see.

    It may sound absurd but don't be naïve
    Even heroes have the right to bleed.
    I may be disturbed but won’t you concede
    Even heroes have the right to dream.
    And it's not easy to be me.

    • "Superman (It's Not Easy)"
  • Fifteen, there's still time for you,
    Time to buy and time to lose, fifteen.
    There's never a wish better than this,
    When you only got a hundred years to live.
  • I'm thirty-three for a moment,
    I'm still the man, but you see I'm a "they"
    A kid on the way, babe,
    A family on my mind.
    I'm forty-five for a moment,
    The sea is high
    And I'm heading into a crisis,
    Chasing the years of my life.
    • "100 Years"
  • What kind of world do you want?
    Think anything.
    Let's start at the start,
    Build a masterpiece.
    Be careful what you wish for,
    History starts now...
  • Then he said, "Here's a riddle for ya:
    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."
    • "The Riddle"
  • 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're looking for a clue
    I love you free."
    • "The Riddle"

Slice (2009)

  • There was a time a long, long time ago
    Chevy's and levees played on the radio
    No cell phones, just twenty thousand lights
    Swaying on a Saturday night alright.
  • Chances are when said and done
    Who'll be the lucky ones
    Who make it all the way?
    Though you say I could be your answer.
    Nothing lasts forever,
    No matter how it feels today.

    Chances are we'll find a new equation
    Chances rolled away from me
    Chances are all they hope to be.

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