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These Boots Are Made For Walkin

Updated on December 17, 2011

Nancy Sinatra's Hit Gave "Boots" Icon Status

In the U.S. in 1966, Go Go Boots were the big "thing" for high school girls because of this number one hit song! " These Boots Are Made For Walkin' ", a pop song composed by Lee Hazlewood and first recorded by Nancy Sinatra, was released in February, 1966, and hit #1 in the United States and United Kingdom Pop charts.

"Subsequently, many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: pop, rock, country, dance, and industrial. Jessica Simpson made #14 in the United States in 2005 with her version. ~~Wikipedia 

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The song is often incorrectly listed as "These Boots Are Made for Walking"

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Lyrics for These Boots Were Made For Walkin


Nancy Sinatra

You keep saying you've got something for me.

something you call love, but confess.

You've been messin' where you shouldn't have been a messin'

and now someone else is gettin' all your best.

These boots are made for walkin, and that's just what they'll do

one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.

You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'

and you keep losin' when you oughta not bet.

You keep samin' when you oughta be changin'.

Now what's right is right, but you ain't been right yet.

These boots are made for walkin, and that's just what they'll do

one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.

You keep playin' where you shouldn't be playin

and you keep thinkin' that you´ll never get burnt.

Ha! I just found me a brand new box of matches yeah

and what he knows you ain't HAD time to learn.

Are you ready boots? Start walkin'!

More of the Story

The song was adopted by troops in the Vietnam War when they marched, and Sinatra traveled there in the mid- to late-1960s to perform for the U.S. soldiers. It was used on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987). Sinatra also sang it on an episode of China Beach in the late-1980s. In 2005, Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded a revamped version of the song using Sinatra's original vocal track. It appeared on the CD Ride to the Wall, Vol. 2, with proceeds going to help Vietnam veterans.

Other Interesting Recordings of the song:

* 1966 Nancy Sinatra, U.S. #1, UK #1

* 1966 Lee Hazlewood, the songwriter's own Version

* 1967 Loretta Lynn, a country version

* 1991 Jewel on the album Revolution in Heaven

* 1992 Billy Ray Cyrus, on the album Some Gave All

* 1993 LaToya Jackson, on the album From Nashville to You

* 1995 Boy George, on the album Rareties

* 1998 Geri Halliwell, formerly of the Spice Girls, for the Rugrats in Paris: The Movie soundtrack

* 2004 Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, for a bonus feature on the Shrek 2 DVD.

* 2005 Jessica Simpson, for The Dukes of Hazzard soundtrack, U.S. #14. See These Boots Are Made for Walkin' for more information.

* 2006 Miss Piggy, a parody called "These Bites Are Made For Poppin", sung for a Pizza Hut commercial.

"Boots" appeared on the CD Ride to the Wall, Vol. 2, with proceeds going to help Vietnam veterans.

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"During television news coverage in 1966/67, the song was aired as a soundtrack as the cameras focused on US Infantrymen on patrol during the Vietnam War. Later, during that same time frame, Sinatra traveled to South Vietnam to perform for U.S. servicemen. It was used on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987). Sinatra also sang it on an episode of China Beach in the late-1980s. In 2005, Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded a revamped version of the song using Sinatra's original vocal track. It appeared on the CD Ride to the Wall, Vol. 2, with proceeds going to help Vietnam veterans." ~~Wikipedia

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Nancy Sinatra's "Boots" was used on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987).

More "Boots" Cover Videos

A whole bunch of other people have performed "Boots" since Nancy Sinatra recorded it. Here are a few videos!

Puss in Boots - These boots are made for walkin' - Shrek 2

Shrek 2 introduced "Boots:" to a new generation, insuring that the song will live on. This video is the full version of "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" from the Shrek 2 "Far Far Away Idol" bonus feature. It has been edited with the video from the 2-disc collector's edition DVD and the music from the CD.

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      7 years ago

      Love Peggy Lee's version from oh so many years ago. thanks for the trip down memory lane

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      7 years ago

      I was about ten years old when the song came out. I remember it well.

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      9 years ago from S.E. Sussex County, Delaware

      Loved this song when I was younger and still love it today! 5 Stars!

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      10 years ago

      I like your lens on These Boots Are Made For Walkin, I hope you check out my lens:

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      11 years ago

      Congratulations on winning Baby Boomer Lens of the Week, Pat! Your lens joins a growing circle of fine Boomer lenses chosen by Squidizens who love all things Boomer.

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      11 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Love Nancy, and Frank, Dean, and Sammy! Great tunes!

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      11 years ago

      Hey everyone, this lens has been nominated for Baby Boomer Lens of the Week and you can vote for it! Congratulations to Pat and good luck!

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      11 years ago

      Lee Hazelwood passed away last weekend at the age of 78. He was best known for this classic tune, but enjoyed a long and successful career... with and without Nancy.

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      11 years ago

      I love this song, we were just talking about it the other day. I've added it to my lens roll!

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      11 years ago

      NO matter what one thought of her political leanings, you just have to admit that this was one dynamite song! Reading the words and keeping the music out (if that's possible) almost makes it sound like a "new" song, huh? Almost gangsta, but we all know the truth...I remember the day it came out!

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      11 years ago

      Ah,yes, Nancy Sinatra. I liked the sauciness of the song back then, a reflection on the new wave of strong women takin' charge of their lives. I was so-o-o-o disappointed when she went blonde, because she was prettier brunette. Made me sad that the industry got to her that way.


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