Another Idea
Chris Isaak Lyrics


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She never sleeps at night she's quiet but she dreams.
Her mind is racing, she plans, she plots, she schemes.
Another idea.

She takes apart the past and re-writes all her lines.
She's tried to win him back a hundred different times,
She's got another idea.
She keeps waiting, hoping he'll come back some day,
She'll leave me, until she does I can say.
Wait, please don't go,
I've got another idea.

No fun to be the one that love is practiced on,
Why should I leave her she wouldn't know I've gone
I've got another idea.

I'll keep waiting, hoping she'll love me someday,
She'll want me until she does I can say.




Wait, please don't go,
I've got another idea.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Chris Isaak's "Another Idea" tell the story of two people who are in love but struggling to make the relationship work. The singer of the song is with a woman who is consumed by her own thoughts and emotions, unable to sleep at night and constantly coming up with new plans and ideas. She is fixated on the past and repeatedly tries to win back a former lover, while simultaneously keeping the singer in a state of limbo, waiting for her affections to turn towards him.


Despite this uncertainty and emotional turmoil, both the singer and the woman are determined to keep the relationship going. They are willing to endure the struggles and pain, grasping onto their love in the hopes that it will eventually become steadfast and fulfilling. The refrain "Wait, please don't go, I've got another idea" suggests a sense of desperation and creativity in finding ways to make the relationship work.


Line by Line Meaning

She never sleeps at night she's quiet but she dreams.
She has a restless mind, thinking and dreaming without rest.


Her mind is racing, she plans, she plots, she schemes.
She's constantly thinking and coming up with ideas and strategies to make something happen.


Another idea.
She has a never-ending stream of new ideas and possibilities she wants to act on.


She takes apart the past and re-writes all her lines.
She dwells on the past, trying to analyze why things happened the way they did and how she could have changed it.


She's tried to win him back a hundred different times,
She's obsessed with an ex-boyfriend and keeps thinking of ways to get him back.


She's got another idea.
She's never satisfied with her current idea or plan; there's always something else she wants to try.


She keeps waiting, hoping he'll come back some day,
Despite her constant planning and scheming, she still passively hopes her ex-boyfriend will return to her.


She'll leave me, until she does I can say.
She's in a relationship now, but it seems like she's only waiting for her ex to come back.


Wait, please don't go,
The singer begs his partner not to leave him despite her obvious infatuation with her ex.


I've got another idea.
The singer has his own restless mind and constantly comes up with new ideas to try and win his partner's affection.


No fun to be the one that love is practiced on,
The singer laments that he feels like a test subject for his partner's love interests and experiments.


Why should I leave her she wouldn't know I've gone
The singer feels stuck in the relationship, knowing that if he left she probably wouldn't even notice.


I've got another idea.
The singer is resigned to constantly coming up with new ideas to try and make the relationship work, despite his partner's interest in her ex.


I'll keep waiting, hoping she'll love me someday,
The singer is hoping his partner will one day return his affection and see him as her true love.


She'll want me until she does I can say.
The singer feels like he's just a placeholder until his partner's ex comes back or she finds someone else, but until then he'll be content to be wanted.


Wait, please don't go,
The singer still pleads with his partner to stay with him, despite the odds against their relationship.


I've got another idea.
The singer sees a never-ending cycle of new ideas and plans to try and save the relationship, even if it seems destined to fail.




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