Monday, June 29, 2015

"Dancing Barefoot" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Ivan Kral, and released as a second single from Patti Smith Group's 1979 album Wave. According to the album sleeve, the song was dedicated to women such as Amedeo Modigliani's mistress Jeanne Hébuterne.

In 1998, the song featured on the soundtrack of Whatever, a coming of age film by Liza Weil.

In 2000, a live version was released on the benefit album Broadcasts Vol. 8 from KGSR in Austin, Texas.

In 2004, this song was ranked number 323 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Cover versions

Shakespears Sister version

In March 2011, British pop act Shakespears Sister released a cover of "Dancing Barefoot" as the first single from the fifth studio album Cosmic Dancer. The release coincided with the album's second single, "Someone Else's Girl".

Track listing

  • Digital download
  1. "Dancing Barefoot" (Album Version)
  2. "Oh No, It's Michael" (Album Version)
  3. "Fial F for Freedom" (Album Version)
  4. "A Man in Uniform" (Alternative Version)

Other versions

  • 1986 â€" Niki Mono & Berry Sakharof (Fuck Your Dreams, This Is Heaven soundtrack)
  • 1986 - The Feelies
  • 1987 - Eastern Bloc ("Eastern Bloc")
  • 1987 â€" The Mission (The First Chapter)
  • 1988 â€" The Celibate Rifles (12-inch EP, bonus track on reissued CD version of Roman Beach Party)
  • 1989 â€" U2 (B-side to the "When Love Comes to Town" single, also on the compilation The Best of 1980â€"1990; features on the soundtrack of the 1994 movie Threesome)
  • 1991 â€" Xymox (Phoenix)
  • 1995 â€" Johnette Napolitano (Spirit of '73: Rock for Choice)
  • 1997 â€" Die Cheerleader (Barb Wire soundtrack)
  • 1998 - Sin ("Insinuation")
  • 2001 â€" Simple Minds (Neon Lights)
  • 2004 â€" Chamber (Stolen Child)
  • 2005 - Lea DeLaria (Double Standards)
  • 2008 â€" Allison Moorer (Mockingbird)
  • 2010 - Pearl Jam (Performed at Bridge School Benefit October 23, 2010)
  • 2011 - First Aid Kit (Performed for Patti Smith at the Polar Music Prize 2011 during the award ceremony)
  • 2014 - Simple Minds (Big Music, bonus track, featuring Sarah Brown)


External links

  • Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith Group at AllMusic
  • Lyrics
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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