Dancing Barefoot

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"Dancing Barefoot"
Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith Group.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Patti Smith, Ivan Kral
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Patti Smith singles chronology
(1979) Frederick1979
"Dancing Barefoot"
(1979) Dancing Barefoot1979
"So You Want
to Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)
(1979) String Module Error: Match not found1979
Audio sample

"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]


  1. ^ "Dancing Barefoot". Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Whatever (1998) soundtrack". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Chamber – Solitude at Discogs (list of releases)
  6. ^ "Dancing Barefoot - First Aid Kit (Patti Smith cover)". YouTube. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  7. ^ 2016

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