Voodoo
Chris Isaak Lyrics


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I know what to do when your sad and lonely
I know what to do when you love her only
I know what to do when no one needs you
I know what to do you do voodoo, voodoo
You do voodoo

I know what to do when the world deceives you
I know what to do when no one needs you
I know what to do when your whole heart breathes you
I know what to do when your lover leaves you voodoo
You do voodoo

Dance in a ring of flames
Shadows fall the same, fire, love and pain
Do voodoo, voodoo, voodoo

I know what to do when your sad and lonely
I know what to do when you love her only
I know what to do when no one needs you
I know what to do you do voodoo




I know what to do you do voodoo, voodoo
You do voodoo, you do voodoo, you do voodoo

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Chris Isaak's song Voodoo are an interesting blend of love and magic. The song is about a person who knows how to use voodoo to deal with various situations. The first verse talks about the person's ability to help when someone is sad and lonely or when they love someone who doesn't love them back. The next verse talks about their ability to help when the world and people in it are deceptive, when no one is there for you and when a lover leaves you. In all of these situations, the answer is to "do voodoo."


The chorus of the song talks about dancing in a ring of flames and the shadows falling the same, which could be interpreted as a metaphor for the ups and downs of life. "Fire, love and pain" are all things that make up the human experience, and voodoo is the person's way of dealing with it.


The song seems to suggest that voodoo is a magical way of coping with difficult situations. It could also be a metaphor for the power of love and the magic it can bring into our lives. Whatever the case may be, the lyrics are evocative and capture the listener's attention.


Line by Line Meaning

I know what to do when your sad and lonely
I am aware of how to help when you're feeling unhappy and alone.


I know what to do when you love her only
I am aware of what to do when you're deeply in love with someone who doesn't reciprocate your feelings.


I know what to do when no one needs you
I am aware of how to handle the feeling of not being needed by anyone.


I know what to do you do voodoo, voodoo
In these trying times, I know what method to resort to and that is the use of voodoo.


You do voodoo
You repeatedly use voodoo as a method to handle your problems.


I know what to do when the world deceives you
I know how to help you move on when life disappoints and betrays you.


I know what to do when your whole heart breathes you
I am aware of what needs to be done when someone you love dearly breaks your heart.


I know what to do when your lover leaves you voodoo
The best solution I have to offer for a broken-hearted lover is voodoo.


Dance in a ring of flames
The song encourages the use of voodoo by dancing around flames.


Shadows fall the same, fire, love and pain
No matter the kind of problem, such as putting hexes on people or wishing ill luck, love and pain remain the same for all people.


Do voodoo, voodoo, voodoo
The song reiterates the message of using voodoo to solve problems in life.


You do voodoo, you do voodoo, you do voodoo
The singer is convinced that the listener frequently resorts to the use of voodoo.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Chris Isaak

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