Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bang, bang...My baby shot me down.


This is certainly one of my all-time favorites and I want to put it in nearly every playlist I make.  It was originally written by Sonny Bono, and performed by Cher in 1966.  Sinatra's version is my favorite, although Cher's version, oddly, has a Nancy Sinatra-Lee Hazlewood almost country western, almost psychedelic sound at times... Sort of reminds me of "One Velvet Morning" as this haunting, 60s, genre bending tune.   Most people have heard this song through the Kill Bill Soundtrack where it captured attention again, bringing new awareness to this almost completely forgotten/ignored classic. The lyrics are an amazing piece of storytelling.  

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
When 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
And till this day, 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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