“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” was a song originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra on February 22, 1966. It is a catchy song that has been used by many artists and product promotions since its first recording.
When you first hear this song, you probably think Jessica Simpson and words like sexy come to mind. In reality, if you really listen to the lyrics, its basically about a woman leaving a guy who does not treat her correctly. Now someone else is going to enjoy what this guy took advantage of and she’s walking out with the boots that are made for walking.
This song has a real up beat tempo, probably one of the reasons why it was so popular. Listening to the melody, you can hear a touch of surf music that was probably an influence to the songs melody.
This song was written by Lee Hazelwood. Sinatra’s first recording of the song was backed up by a group known as the Wrecking Crew. many cover versions of the song have been released in many different styles of music, including metal, pop, rock, and country.
One of the most notable covers of this song was by the famous artist Jessica Simpson for the soundtrack to the film The Dukes of Hazzard in 2005. Simpson’s cover became Simpson’s fifth top-twenty single in the United States. Jessica Simpson actually had the lyrics altered quite a bit in order to fit the needs of the film as she saw fit. In this cover, Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson is not dealing with a bad boyfriend, but is instead going through a characters experiences in the film. Although she altered the lyrics, she still kept a few of the elements of the lyrics, such as the first and last line. Simpson also altered the music as well. She created her own bridge since the original did not have one. The video too is very different from the original. While the original had a pop like element, Jessica Simpson’s cover has a country element to it.
In the 1995 the 74-year-old Dika Newland, backed by the band Apocolypso, performed a punk rock cover of the song for a concert.
Megadeth covered the song on their 1985 debut album Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! Their version, like Simpson’s, contained altered lyrics.
When the album began to rise to success Lee Hazelwood wanted the song removed since it was technically a cover to his song. But the point was made that Hazlewood had already been paid royalties for years before he made the complaint, although eventually they did remove the song from any further releases of the album.
According to some song history that I found, when the single was first released, some thought it had to do with a subway strike in New York that was happening around the same time. That same year, Sinatra recorded an early music video for the song.
Being the song following the minor hit “So Long, Babe,” in the album “Boots”, the song topped the Billboard top 100 chart In late February 1966. Soon, the song followed suit in billboards across the world including the British billboard.
This song is definitely one of the more popular songs of the time. You can probably find a version of this song in almost anyone’s music device.
Nancy Sinatra original:
Jessica Simpson cover:
Al this information could probably be found on Wiki.