These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Nancy Sinatra

About These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" is a hit song written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. It charted on January 22, 1966, and reached No. 1 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 and in the UK Singles Chart. Subsequently, many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance, and industrial. Among the more notable versions are the singles released by Megadeth, Jessica Simpson, and Ella Fitzgerald backed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra.  


Year:
2001
2:43
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You keep saying you got something for me
Something you call love but confess
You've been a'messin' where you shouldn't 've been a'messin'
And now someone else is getting all your best

These boots are made for walking
And that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you

You keep lyin' when you oughta be truthin'
You keep losing when you oughta not bet
You keep samin' when you oughta be a'changin'
Now what's right is right but you ain't been right yet

These boots are made for walking
And that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you

You keep playing where you shouldn't be playing
And you keep thinking that you'll never get burnt (HAH)
I just found me a brand new box of matches (YEAH)
And what he knows you ain't had time to learn
These boots are made for walking,
And that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you

Are you ready, boots?  Start walkin'

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Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the daughter of singer/actor Frank Sinatra, and remains best known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". more »

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Written by: Lee Hazlewood

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" was written by Lee Hazlewood and was originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra.
Jessica Simpson's Version
Pop singer Jessica Simpson covered the song for the soundtrack of her 2005 movie "The Dukes of Hazzard".
Visual Aesthetics
The original 1966 music video for Nancy Sinatra's version of the song featured go-go dancing, which was popular during that time. In contrast, Jessica Simpson's video was a campy take on the Dukes of Hazzard theme, complete with car chases and denim outfits.
Chart Performance
Interestingly, both versions of the song were chart toppers. Nancy Sinatra’s original version topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. Simpson's version also charted well, reaching number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart.
Record Sales
Nancy Sinatra's original version of the song was so popular, it ended up selling over half a million copies in the US alone. It was also one of the few songs by a female artist to be certified gold by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the 1960s.
Inspiration
Reportedly, Lee Hazlewood intended to record the song himself, but Nancy Sinatra convinced him to let her do it instead. He said the inspiration came from wanting to write a "girl's answer" to country songs where the guy threatens to leave.
Cultural Impact
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" is considered a classic pop song and has endured in popular culture. It was even referenced in popular television shows like "Friends" and "Gilmore Girls".
Approach to the Version
Jessica Simpson's approach to the song was quite different from the original. She included snippets of dialogue from "The Dukes of Hazzard" in her version and made it sound more like a modern pop song.
Criticism and Controversy
The song faced backlash and stirred controversy for its sexual innuendo and the supposedly provocative music video.
Legacy
Both versions of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" continue to be played on radio stations today and have a significant presence in the world of pop culture. They have been covered and sampled by various artists across different genres, showcasing the song's enduring popularity.

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