"Dancing Barefoot" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Ivan Kral, and released as a second single from Patti Smith Group 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 2004, this song was ranked number 323 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[4]


 [hide*1 Cover versions

Cover versions[edit]Edit

Shakespears Sister version[edit]Edit

"Dancing Barefoot"
Single by Shakespears Sister
from the album Cosmic Dancer
Released March 2011
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]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]Edit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.