They went down to the river
On a warm summer night
The air was think with the
Smell of temptation

He said why don't we lay in the water
Let the water run over me
And she grinned and she said
Now she said now she said

Now that's a good idea
She said she said
Now that's a good idea
She said she said

Now that's a good idea
She said she said
Now that's a good idea
She said she said

He held her head high in his hands
He held her down deep in the stream
He saw the bubbles and matted hair
Mixed in with seaweed
She started to scream

Was it something I said
Was it something I said
And she said and she said
And she said she said

Now that's a good idea she said she said
To be alone with you she said she said
I've been waiting for years
And I'd rather be dead

That's a good idea he said he said

He held her down in the river
He held her down in the water
Another river of mud
Wash away those tears
He said and he said
Now that's a good idea

He said now that's a good idea
He said now that's a good idea
He said now that's a good idea

I saw them from the ocean
She didn't seem to mind
Didn't fight at all
She didn't fight it at all

Some things are best left alone
Sometimes I'm best left alone
And sometimes I see you in the water
At night at night at night

That's a good idea she said she said
I want to feel you in the water
With your hands on my head
Push you down into the water

She said she said
Now that's a good idea she said she said
Now that's a good idea that's a good idea
She said she said

Now she said now she said
That's a good idea that's a good idea
That's a good idea
She said she said

That's a good idea
She said she said
I want to feel you in the water
With your hands on my head

Push you down into the water
She said she said

That's a good idea
She said she said
That's a good idea
She said she said

That's a good idea
She said she said
That's a good idea
She said she said

That's a good idea
She said she said
That's a good idea
She said

That's a good idea
She said she said
That's a good idea
She said she said

That's a good idea
She said she said
That's a good idea



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"A Good Idea" as written by Bob Mould

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    General Comment:They were playing around and he ended up killing her. She consented but it went too far.
    moikon May 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I don't think they were playing around.

    I think she asked him to kill her and he obliged:

    "I've been waiting for years
    And I'd rather be dead"

    "I saw them from the ocean
    She didn't seem to mind
    Didn't fight at all
    She didn't fight it at all"

    This is one of the those songs you love until you understand the lyrics - now I just think it's very depressing.
    famous mortimeron February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i love this song, but yeah knowing the lyrics makes it a lil depressing. oh and the main riff is taken from 'debaser' by the pixies witch i find cool
    ThatsAgoodIdeaon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Definitely a Pixies homage; not only is the main riff borrowed from "Debaser", but the bass tone is pretty Kim Deal-esque, the solo sounds pretty Joey Santiago-influenced, and Bob Mould even seems to be trying to imitate Frank Black vocally a bit (notice the way he intones "temptation!" and "she didn't fight it at all"). Even the depressing or creepy lyrics/ happy uptempo music dichotomy is something The Pixies tend to do (see "Wave Of Mutilation").

    Pretty damn good slightly underlooked band by the way. Maybe less influential than Mould's other band Husker Du, but I do kind of see their fingerprints all over the likes of The Foo Fighters, Weezer, and other more well-known "alt-pop" type bands. On a good day you can probably grab all 3 of their albums out of a used bin for around $14, and I definitely reccomend doing so.
    destroyalltacoson April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:thers also i gargaling noise comes out your left speaker that i noticed the other day, its kinda odd
    ThatsAgoodIdeaon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This is one of my favourite songs from Sugar's first album.

    However, I still find elements of it confusing or unclear.

    It's clear that she wanted to die (see lyrics famous mortimer cited). Yet, she screamed. Why? Was she expecting to die? Scream of joy? I get the impression that maybe he wanted to murder her and she wanted him to do it.

    It's also clear that there are three people here: the girl, the guy that kills her and the persona. So what's the involvement of the persona besides watching? Or is that part of the whole creepy Black Francis aspect of things?
    elwyn5150on February 24, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:I think he murdered her--she was a long-time object of his desire. He was able to get her to spot where he had complete control over her and the "temptation" to make sure she was his forever was too much to fight. She was screaming because she was fighting what he was doing. After the deed was done he began to run the scenario through his head and repeating that "she said" it was a good idea, he was justifying that he murdered her. So it becomes something she asked for in his own mind, the third person view was him again, seeing it from afar, again he justifies what was done by saying she didn't fight it. This isn't true because we are told she was screaming; what ever angle he takes on the situation, he'll make sure he blames her for what happened.

    That's my take on it at least :) I just heard this song again after years and years. I remember buying the cassette when it first came out and I almost wore it out from replay. It would be nice to hear what Bob Mould has to say about it :)
    GeorgeWhaton August 16, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:This is a f'ed up lovesong as water is referred to love. Sometimes we all drown in it.
    firehoseon September 03, 2012   Link

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