Pretty Girls Don't Cry
Chris Isaak Lyrics


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Pretty girls don't cry, they know exactly what they want.
Pretty girls walk by, with eyes that smile faces that haunt.
I watch them walk I wonder, turn away I try but I can't find words to say I know that you
Don't love me but I'm watching you.

Pretty girls don't cry, they know exactly what to do.
Pretty girls walk by, but they won't ever smile at you.
I watch them walk I wonder, turn away I try but I can't find words to say I know that you
Don't love me but I'm watching you. Hit it!

Pretty girls don't cry, they know exactly what they want.
I watch them walk I wonder, turn away I try but I can't find words to say I know you've heard




It all before but I'm watching you.
I'm watching you, I'm watching you

Overall Meaning

The overall theme of Chris Isaak's "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" is about obsession and unrequited love. The singer is seen "watching" pretty girls who walk by him with their "eyes that smile" and "faces that haunt." He acknowledges that they are out of his reach, that they know "exactly what they want" and "won't ever smile at" him. Despite this, he can't help but be drawn to them, wishing he could find the right words to say.


The line "Pretty girls don't cry" is a reflection of society's stereotypes about how women should behave, that they are supposed to be composed and not show their emotions. The singer seems to be idolizing these girls, holding them up on a pedestal, giving them an unattainable allure. The chorus reinforces this obsession as he repeatedly states that he is "watching" them, despite knowing that they don't love him.


Overall, the song is a melancholic reflection on the futility of desire and the pain of unrequited love.


Line by Line Meaning

Pretty girls don't cry, they know exactly what they want.
Beautiful women are confident and decisive in their desires.


Pretty girls walk by, with eyes that smile faces that haunt.
Attractive women exude charm and mystery in the way they carry themselves.


I watch them walk I wonder, turn away I try but I can't find words to say I know that you Don't love me but I'm watching you.
The singer is enamored by the beauty of these women, despite knowing their lack of affection towards him.


Pretty girls don't cry, they know exactly what to do.
Beautiful women are capable and competent in handling any situation.


Pretty girls walk by, but they won't ever smile at you.
Attractive women may be aloof or unapproachable to those they are not interested in.


I watch them walk I wonder, turn away I try but I can't find words to say I know that you Don't love me but I'm watching you. Hit it!
The singer is lamenting his unrequited love for these pretty girls, but continues to watch them in awe.


Pretty girls don't cry, they know exactly what they want.
Beautiful women are strong and confident in their decisions.


I watch them walk I wonder, turn away I try but I can't find words to say I know you've heard It all before but I'm watching you.
The artist acknowledges that these women are used to being admired, but continues to be captivated by them.


I'm watching you, I'm watching you
The artist is fixated on observing these pretty girls, despite knowing he cannot win their affection.




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CHRIS ISAAK

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