EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra

What was the number one song in the UK on 17th February 1966?

American singer, Nancy Sinatra, hit the top spot with These Boots Are Made For Walkin for 4 weeks.

YASSSS queen! *finger clicks* I love this song. Interesting the songwriter, Lee Hazlewood intended to record the song himself, saying that “it’s not really a girl’s song”, but Sinatra talked him out of it, saying that “coming from a guy it was harsh and abusive, but was perfect for a little girl to sing”. Nancy’s sultry vocals are perfect for this mildly threatening song and the trumpets at the end nicely tie the song and its intentions up.

Lyrics

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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