Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

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About Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" is the second single by American singer-actress Cher from her second album, The Sonny Side of Chér. Written by her then-husband Sonny Bono and released in 1966, the song reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a single week (behind "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" by The Righteous Brothers), eventually becoming one of Cher's biggest-selling singles of the 1960s.


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1999
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I was five and he was six 
We rode on horses made of sticks 
He wore black and I wore white 
He would always win the fight 

Bang bang, he shot me down 
Bang bang, I hit the ground 
Bang bang, that awful sound 
Bang bang, my baby shot me down 

Seasons came and changed the time 
And I grew up, I called him mine 
He would always laugh and say 
"Remember when we used to play?" 

Bang bang, I shot you down 
Bang bang, you hit the ground 
Bang bang, that awful sound 
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down 

Music played and people sang 
Just for me the church bells rang 

Now he's gone I don't know why 
Until this days sometimes I cry 
He didn't even say goodbye 
He didn't take the time to lie 

Bang bang, he shot me down 
Bang bang, I hit the ground 
Bang bang, that awful sound 
Bang bang, my baby shot me down

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Cher

Cher ( /ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. A major figure for over five decades in popular culture, she is often referred to as the Goddess of Pop for having first brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image, the latter of which has caused controversy. more »

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Written by: Sonny Bono

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12 facts about this song

Original Artist
"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" was originally authored by Sonny Bono, Cher's husband, and sung by Cher in 1966.
Album Placement
The song was featured as the second track on Cher's second studio album, "The Sonny Side of Cher."
Billboard Rankings
Upon its initial release, the song climbed to number 3 on the UK Singles Chart and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
International Success
The song gained considerable international success, reaching the top 3 in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
Covers
The song has been widely covered by many famous artists over the years, including Nancy Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Petula Clark, and Frank Sinatra.
Soundtrack Feature
A version of the song that was covered by Nancy Sinatra was featured in the 2003 film "Kill Bill: Volume 1," directed by Quentin Tarantino, bringing the song back to popular relevance.
Genre
The song is classified under the pop and folk genre, though various covers of it have delved into country, jazz, and rock.
Rerecording
Cher rerecorded the song in 1987 and included it on her self-titled album.
Chart Re-Entry
When the song was covered by Audio Bullys and Nancy Sinatra in 2005, it entered the charts again, reaching number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
Iconic Lyrics
The opening lyrics of the song, "Bang bang, he shot me down; Bang bang, I hit the ground; Bang bang, that awful sound," have been recognized as some of the most iconic in pop music of the 1960s.
Notable Performances
Cher performed the song on her concert tours "Cher at the Colosseum", "Dressed to Kill Tour" and "Classic Cher".
Social Impact
It was a controversial track at the time of release, referencing an intense and violent relationship scenario, which contributed to its notoriety and intrigue.

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