Talk:Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

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More versions[edit]

According to [1], there are some more versions:

  • Audio Bullys - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).mp3
  • Audiobullys ft Nancy Sinatra - Shot you down (Bang Bang).mp3
  • Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)- Spot Omsa.mp3
  • CHER - Bang - bang.mp3
  • Christine Henry - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).mp3
  • Cliff Richard - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).mp3
  • Dalida - Bang bang (Italian) .mp3
  • Equipe 84 - Bang bang (Spanish).mp3
  • Erica Jennings - Bang, Bang (Tracy Young Mix).mp3
  • Kaliyah - Bang bang (French RnB).mp3
  • Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).mp3
  • Petula Clark - Bang, bang.mp3
  • Sheila - Bang Bang (French).mp3
  • The Raconteurs - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).mp3
  • Vanilla Fudge - Bang Bang.mp3

I've listed them here, in case that site becomes unavailable. Some unmentioned versions may be listed in article. --86.61.7.107 07:25, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Wouldn't mind to see an explanation of the lyrics :)--81.83.144.237 21:42, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Isn't there a version by Ne-Yo? I have it and found it circulating imeem.com Mickel The Vain (talk) 06:51, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

There's also a cover version by Betty Chung I heard it on the radio today. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.238.240.230 (talk) 06:05, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Metaphores[edit]

There are many many covers, to many to list here, only list the most famous ones, not the fleeting 15 minutes of fame , esp if its rap its fleeting effort from some punk.

The gun shot is never actually a real gun shot. "He shot me down".. how can she sing if she has been shot down ? Answer: Its a metaphorical gun shot. 202.92.33.210 02:20, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

The above comment is nonsense. In Kill Bill, the gunshot is clearly not metaphorical, and it is quite common for a ballad to be told from the point of view of someone dying. If a listener sleeps better at night pretending it must be metaphorical, fine with me, but there is no evidence supporting that view. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.140.52.140 (talk) 22:08, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
Hi, of course one can often interpret a song text in different ways. The Kill Bill argument makes no sense, however, since a film maker can decide to combine a text and images which are not completely consistent with each other. Compare the film Les Amours Imaginaires where this sad song is used for scenes in which the main characters are still very hopeful about their love interest.
In the original version, a metaphorical interpretation seems more logical: it has "Now he’s gone, (...) Until this day, Sometimes I cry" which suggests that it all happened in the past. Also in some of the choruses it has "I shot you down, You hit the ground" instead of the other way around.
In the Italian version, the metaphor is even more clear: it elaborates more about the children's play with shooting each other ('whoever strikes at the heart, wins') and about the two talking about their memories of this play. After the narrator is left by her lover, she says 'Now you no longer love me, and I felt a shot to the heart when you told me that' (credits to this website for translating back to English) and has two extra stanzas about the memories when she sees other children playing.
On the other hand, Cher's rock version from the eighties has some extra lines suggesting a literal interpretation: 'You shot me right between the eyes' and 'I am laying on the ground'. Bever (talk) 18:22, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Is it possible to link to the German wikipedia? I tried to link the artist Rainald Grebe in this article - I do not know how to do it... Thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.111.104.103 (talk) 19:19, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

question:Who is the song most attributed to? Of 2 choices ,Cher or Nancy, what would be the popular answer;undoubtly Nancy,but the correct answer to above question would be Quentin Tarantino, who resurrected the song in "Kill Bill 1". —Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.97.91.205 (talk) 10:25, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

"Correct" to the younger generation, maybe. To the larger audience who've been listening to it for decades? Unquestionably Nancy Sinatra. The article is erroneous in it's assertion that her version was 'obscure'. 24.16.164.87 (talk) 04:04, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

I completed some edits a few months ago and apologize for not posting them here before -- I edited for clarity, trimmed the cover versions section by deleting several low-level entries, and indicated that those listed were recorded or broadcast. I also highlighted the Nancy Sinatra version's revival and popular status, and sourced an analysis of Tarantino's use of the song as a literal device instead of a metaphor. (and I think the post above is correct, more people seem to say Tarantino's name when mentioning the song). Dano67 (talk) 21:34, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Carbrera (talk · contribs) 23:16, 25 August 2016 (UTC)


I'm sorry and afraid so, but I am definitely going to have to quick fail this article. This particular article lacks so many sections necessary in a GA-quality song, such as "Reception" (both "Critical" and "Commercial"), "Writing and Inspiration" (different steps taken to release/create the song itself), "Composition" (the actual music in the song), "Music video" (if available), and "Live performances"/"Promotion". And yes, I do see that there is a "Cover versions" section which is great, especially in widely-known songs such as "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", but the list subpart of it is almost completely unsourced and likely too detailed for the average reader. Additionally, there seems to be some sourcing errors in the "References" section and the "Charts" section does not use the recommended format to display peaks, and is also almost completely unsourced. Normally I place music articles on hold to make way for improvement, but unfortunately this song is far from GA at the moment and will be reassessed accordingly. Now this doesn't mean it will never be a GA, but with some more work and detail, I'm sure it'll be there in no time! Best regards, Carbrera (talk) 23:26, 25 August 2016 (UTC).

Carbrera -- I truly appreciate the information on additional music article criteria. I made the nomination knowing it wasn't quite there, and to find out by how much. Some of the lacking 'Reception' content exists in nascent/ minimal form and can be further developed; same goes for performances. As a writer the 'No original research' law has been tough for me to get used to, but as an editor I am trying to do my part for Wiki. For now I'll work on sourcing what I've focused on in my prior editing, the covers section; and invite interested editors to look at improving those other areas. Thanks for your professional, constructive response to this. Dano67 (talk) 16:46, 26 August 2016 (UTC)