Dancing Barefoot

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This article is about the song. For the book, see Dancing Barefoot (book).
"Dancing Barefoot"
Single by Patti Smith Group
from the album Wave
B-side "5-4-3-2-1" (Live)
Released May 1979 (1979-05)
Format Vinyl (7")
Recorded Bearsville Studios
Genre Rock
Length 4:18
Label Arista
Writer(s) Patti Smith, Ivan Kral
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Patti Smith singles chronology
"Dancing Barefoot"
"So You Want
to Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)
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"Dancing Barefoot" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Ivan Kral, and released as a second single from the Patti Smith Group's 1979 album Wave.[1] 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.[2]

In 2000, a live version was released on the benefit album Broadcasts Vol. 8 from KGSR in Austin, Texas.[3]

In 2010, the song ranked #331 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

Shakespears Sister version[edit]

"Dancing Barefoot"
Single by Shakespears Sister
from the album Cosmic Dancer
Released March 2011 (2011-03)
Format Digital download
Genre Rock
Length 4:11
Label SF
Writer(s) Patti Smith, Ivan Kral
Shakespears Sister chronology
"It's a Trip"
"Really Saying Something"
"Someone Else's Girl"

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.[5] The release coincided with the album's second single, "Someone Else's Girl".

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[5]
  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[edit]


  1. ^ "Dancing Barefoot". Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Whatever (1998) soundtrack on IMDB". Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  3. ^ "KGSR Broadcasts Vol.8", http://www.webhostingpal.com/jdv/html/kgsr8_v.htm
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Shakespears Sister - Digital store". Shakespearssister.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJkbShz3c9Q&list=TLGwon_ctlCUd8jryGPpyaEH63oiWQnIMf

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