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Patti Smith — Dancing Barefoot
Album: Wave
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7.6

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Total ratings: 3205









Released: 1979
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 3
She is benediction
She is addicted to thee
She is the root connection
She is connecting with he

Here I go and I don't know why
I fell so ceaselessly
Could it be he's taking over me...?
I'm dancing barefoot
Heading for a spin
Some strange music draws me in
Makes me come on like some heroine

She is sublimation
She is the essence of thee
She is concentrating on
He, who is chosen by she

Here I go and I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
Could it be he's taking over me...?
I'm dancing barefoot
Heading for a spin
Some strange music draws me in
Makes me come on like some heroine

She is re-creation
She, intoxicated by thee
She has the slow sensation that
He is levitating with she ...

Here I go and I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
'Til I lose my sense of gravity...
I'm dancing barefoot
Heading for a spin
Some strange music draws me in
Makes me come on like some heroine

(Oh god I fell for you...)

The plot of our life sweats in the dark like a face
The mystery of childbirth, of childhood itself
Grave visitations, what is it that calls to us?
Why must we pray screaming? Why must not death be redefined?
We shut our eyes we stretch out our arms, and whirl on a pane of glass
An affixation a fix on anything, the line of life the limb of a tree
The hands of he and the promise that he is blessed among women.

(Oh god I fell for you...)
Comments (494)add comment
 Silvervanman wrote:
I love Patti Smith, but she has done other tracks besides this one, which I keep hearing..
 
Patti has 20 tracks on the playlist.  Maybe you need to listen more 
......great run of tracks until this! 
I love Patti Smith, but she has done other tracks besides this one, which I keep hearing..
I always dig the song, right up until the last stanza and then it loses me.  
Love love love the goddess of punk
 bev wrote:
March 19, 2012 I wrote: "Rock goddess poet Patti. I am forever smitten with this song." Still true. More than ever. Her books are tremendous as well (just finished "M Train" — transporting!).
 
She has a new book out - going to see her speak in San Francisco in October (and everyone gets a copy of her book, which is great).  And this song is a 9 for me. 
A friend of mine was dancing barefoot with a guy in bar, when she stepped in a pool of spilt beer. She said, "It figures. The woman always gets the wet spot."

(I will delete if too inappropriate, Bill.)
 Grayson wrote:
Time to go to the 10 on this one. 
 
Yeah, almost; this song  is so fxxxing great!!
Time to go to the 10 on this one. 
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Personally I don't think Chrissie Hynde was ever a punk artist, The Pretenders came after that. I realise that the timing of punk was different in the USA but Chrissie and the band were considered ‘New Wave’ in the UK .



 


Interesting. There are some tracks from the first two Pretenders albums that felt pretty punk, like Tattooed Love Boys and Bad Boys Get Spanked. 
It feels I've beel looking into the universe asking for this help, the very meaning of her name is help.
Thank you Bill.


Just powerful.  One of the great songs.
HAPPY FEET
 jbuhl wrote:
I bought this brand new CD at Barnes & Noble for $4.99 the other day.    {#Cowboy}  Good place to find gems like this one for cheapo.  Funny how just in the last few months the entire CD section has been moved into a jumbled back section and Vinyl has moved to the feature section.

 
I'm wondering how much longer they will be in business.  Mammoth Bookstores seem to be going extinct, much like Woolly Mammoths!
Makes me tap my feets!
Not a fan.  I realize a lot of people are though.
 hempmandan wrote:
She may be more associated with Punk Rock and Natalie Merchant may sound like her but Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten still thought Chrissie Hynde was the best female Punk Vocalist of all time...but do you see the similarities between Patty and Natalie?
 

Personally I don't think Chrissie Hynde was ever a punk artist, The Pretenders came after that. I realise that the timing of punk was different in the USA but Chrissie and the band were considered ‘New Wave’ in the UK .


Such a powerful song for me. Been in my life's soundtrack for almost 40 years. 
I bought this brand new CD at Barnes & Noble for $4.99 the other day.    {#Cowboy}  Good place to find gems like this one for cheapo.  Funny how just in the last few months the entire CD section has been moved into a jumbled back section and Vinyl has moved to the feature section.
perfect!
 nutrod42 wrote:

Yep, love that version too.

 
I love the U2 version a bit more, because it has more dynamic in it. 
 Grammarcop wrote:
Oh-h-h-h-h... I thought she is changing from a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid first. 
 
Everybody in my elevators loves this groovy song...  we be dancing barefoot like happy hippies...  we dig your cool observation, Grammarcop...  hope you are light on your feet these days...
 robertheston wrote:
"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. According to the album sleeve, the song was dedicated to women such as Amedeo Modigliani's mistress Jeanne Hébuterne.

Jeanne Hebuterne seatedAmedeo Modigliani

 
Beautiful song!  Hey she works checkout at Schmidt's, and she does have fabulous long hands : P
(though she does not appear to have the very tall neck of Modigliani's Muse) 
I wouldn't dance barefeet down my street, its strewn with broken glass and dog shit
This song always brings me back to 80, dancing barefoot with someone, well,,, maybe more than dancing,,,and maybe more than feet that were bare....... 
Smith knew this was her last album before going off to be a housewife, hence the title "Wave." 

Her producer for this was long time friend Todd Rundgren. 
Nice for a road trip {#Motor}
 Dazzerb wrote:
U2 did a pretty good job with the cover on this.  Great track.

 
Yep, love that version too.

          I was always partial to holistic
        Once I got into minimal running
           Ended up in barefoot dancin
             Mama says it's healing.
March 19, 2012 I wrote: "Rock goddess poet Patti. I am forever smitten with this song." Still true. More than ever. Her books are tremendous as well (just finished "M Train" — transporting!).
Desert Island Top Ten Songs Ever
Bohemian Like You into this..................... that's why you're the master
U2 did a pretty good job with the cover on this.  Great track.
 Grammarcop wrote:

Oh-h-h-h-h... I thought she is changing from a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid first. 

 
{#Lol}
She may be more associated with Punk Rock and Natalie Merchant may sound like her but Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten still thought Chrissie Hynde was the best female Punk Vocalist of all time...but do you see the similarities between Patty and Natalie?
 Lazarus wrote:

"She is sublimation"...

Freud described sublimation as the diversion of psychic energy derived from sexual impulses into nonsexual activity, especially of a creative nature...

profound...  love this song...
 

 
Oh-h-h-h-h... I thought she is changing from a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid first. 
Let's go Patty {#Dancingbanana}
Think I still prefer the U2 version. Familiarity I suppose. I've heard theirs dozens of times. In fact, I had no idea it wasn't their song until just now. Thanks for the edumacation, RP.
 maxjboxer wrote:

I guess you will also be going to the anti war protest against that moron Obama.  Oh that's right, that was pure political hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy | Define Hypocrisy dictionary.reference.com/browse/hypocrisy
Dictionary.com
a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.

 
If you think there's a dime's worth of difference between Bush & Obama (R's and D's), then you should look up the words "gullible" and "naive".

Both parties are right-wing corporatist whores, one just a little more or less than the other.
 JsDad wrote:
As much as enjoy this, I once heard a cover of this by The Feelies that I thought was tremendous.  Have spent my entire life trying to track down a copy.  Any suggestions from the incredibly knowledgeable RP crowd?

 
Thus?

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+feelies+dancing+barefoot

Looks you have multiple choices. Hope this helps.
 ;stalfnzo wrote:
Saw Patti speak and sing at the base of the Washington Monument in DC at an anti-war protest against that moron Bush. What a force. — Patti, that is. WMD my ass.

 
I guess you will also be going to the anti war protest against that moron Obama.  Oh that's right, that was pure political hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy | Define Hypocrisy dictionary.reference.com/browse/hypocrisy
Dictionary.com
a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
 dw wrote:
I'm sure I heard this before (on RP?) but by a different artist or group? Who was that?

 
U2?
I'm sure I heard this before (on RP?) but by a different artist or group? Who was that?
Saw Patti speak and sing at the base of the Washington Monument in DC at an anti-war protest against that moron Bush. What a force. -- Patti, that is. WMD my ass.
This song gets better every time I hear it.  Makes it come on like some heroin.

PS I am of the opinion that the reference is to heroin and the speed with which it overwhelms the user not to being a heroine as suggested by most sites offering lyrics to this song. 
I played this song in my car while I was chauffeuring my 14 yo daughter and a friend the other day - and it totally grabbed their ears!  "What's it about?"  "What does it mean?"

We listened to it twice.  Thank you Patti.
Yup, it's Friday afternoon.  Wonderful song.  Wonder if she or the label added the "e to heroin? or?
 hayduke2 wrote:
just saw "Gregory's Girl" the other night and noticed a Patti Smith poster in his bedroom, the very photo on this album cover (a Robert Mapplethorp?)   As an artist she is intense and insightful

  Yep - Mapplethorpe

Just saw a print in a young photographer's studio - Robert continues to inspire as he inspired Patti when they were "Just Kids"


 robertheston wrote:
"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. According to the album sleeve, the song was dedicated to women such as Amedeo Modigliani's mistress Jeanne Hébuterne.

Jeanne Hebuterne seated

 
Wonderful song and much enhanced by the comment and links.
a solid 8
 justin4kick wrote:
I am working barefoot. Behind my computer. In the office. Alone. With RP on. That´s better companion than most colleagues I worked with in the past.

 

That's my situation too. I work nights-too much drama in the daytime. AND I'm also barefoot.
This song always makes me stop whatever i am doing and listen. I've been listening to it since the early 80s and has been a constant in the soundtrack of my life. Its also my sobriquet. 
 
A breakthru album on so many levels. Sorry I never appreciated it when it came out. I loved her book, too!
I didn't know she wrote this. Great song!
 robertheston wrote:
"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. Accordi ng to the album sleeve, the song was dedicated to women such as Amedeo Modigliani's mistress Jeanne Hébuterne.




I like your comment and  the song!
 ziakut wrote:
First Aid Kit does a killer version of this for Patti Smith. Check it out on YouTube.

 
.........so v good.  9
Nothing but a 10.
First Aid Kit does a killer version of this for Patti Smith. Check it out on YouTube.
"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. According to the album sleeve, the song was dedicated to women such as Amedeo Modigliani's mistress Jeanne Hébuterne.

Jeanne Hebuterne seatedAmedeo Modigliani
Here ya go..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_0Hok-2Prs
 

JsDad wrote:
As much as enjoy this, I once heard a cover of this by The Feelies that I thought was tremendous.  Have spent my entire life trying to track down a copy.  Any suggestions from the incredibly knowledgeable RP crowd?

 


As much as enjoy this, I once heard a cover of this by The Feelies that I thought was tremendous.  Have spent my entire life trying to track down a copy.  Any suggestions from the incredibly knowledgeable RP crowd?
just saw "Gregory's Girl" the other night and noticed a Patti Smith poster in his bedroom, the very photo on this album cover (a Robert Mapplethorpe?)   As an artist she is intense and insightful
 jtomato wrote:
SERIOUSLY? I like this song but I don't want to hear it every day...Can you stop for a while, please?

  Is she crashing on your couch...again?


 jgriffin56 wrote:
I thought she was singing "I'm dancing BACKWARDS" for the longest time.

 

Hah!  Me too.
Such a fantastic song . . .
where's the zero rating? 1 is too generous
 jtomato wrote:
SERIOUSLY? I like this song but I don't want to hear it every day...Can you stop for a while, please?

 
"Plays in last 30 days: 4". Maybe you've just happened to tune in on those 4 days in the last month, which would be plain unlucky.
SERIOUSLY? I like this song but I don't want to hear it every day...Can you stop for a while, please?
Saw her in Omaha at the Civic way way back...  one of the best live shows EVER..... 
I thought she was singing "I'm dancing BACKWARDS" for the longest time.
i swear this was played yesterday...
I am working barefoot. Behind my computer. In the office. Alone. With RP on. That´s better companion than most colleagues I worked with in the past.

We be sublimating and dancing...  love this song...
 
Still on my main playlist. Great to hear it on RP!
I remember when this was released. I was a senior in High School in Austin. I think it was on KLBJ back before they started to suck. It's pretty safe to say it changed my taste in music. Still love this song as much as I did when I first heard it. Thanks y'all as this brightened up my day a tad.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Off to see Patti next week....woooooooooooooooooooo!!!

 
Saw Patti,.... woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Included this song... great! 
I absolutely love this song!!!
at the conclusion I opened your RP lyrics, where  it is written:
"The hands of he and the promise that he is blessed among women."
She sings/states "she is blessed among women." 
 pink wrote:

How about his cover? And Patti is in the audience:



 
Very nicely done.
mmmmmm,,nice
Off to see Patti next week....woooooooooooooooooooo!!!
Sometimes dead-nuts-on-vocals and virtuoso musicianship fit the bill.

But honesty, sincerity, humanity and little imperfections appeal to me the most.
Eeee-freaking-gads.  Maybe some heroine would help my ears modulate to this annoyance. 
Somebody out there be my heroine.... come sprinting over the broken glass and pour hot wax into my earholes.  Anything.  Just make it go away.

Aaaaaaaahhh! PSD. I feel better already.

marvelous...
 

How about this cover? And Patti is in the audience:


U2 barely pulled this off...

Patti is definitely NOT!

"She is sublimation"...

Freud described sublimation as the diversion of psychic energy derived from sexual impulses into nonsexual activity, especially of a creative nature...

profound...  love this song...
 
Eleven

Everybody in my church loves this song...

She never really did that much for me until I saw her live. I have a whole new respect for her and I am listening closely. Brilliant songwriter, an all out force of barefoot dancing.
 fredriley wrote:

The Mission did a great, passionate cover of this in the 90s. Indeed, that was my first exposure to the song, and until I read the comments here I thought this was Patti Smith covering The Mission :o). This original is pretty damn good, though, an easy 8.
 
Experienced Pearl Jam cover this at Bridge School Benefit 2010, I think? It was awesome. This song has been covered quite a bit as you can see by other responses below.
 Euskadita wrote:

Check out Clan of Xymox cover, it's excellent imo

 
 



Those are good, but the best I ever heard was from The Feelies.
So good it hurts
 pcicatar wrote:

Check out Concrete Blonde's cover of this on Spirit of 73: Rock for Choice.
 
Check out Clan of Xymox cover, it's excellent imo

 
 Hannio wrote:
Yeesh.  It was pretty good until the end.
 
The only part I like is the end.
Could you please explain to me just what the hell she's ranting about with the phrase "the transformation of waste"?
 





My guess is that it's the "waste" of the body. The energy/spirit of the body is transformed from the corporal. E.g. "why must not death be redefined?" Or.... maybe she's just taking out the garbage...
genius

 Jeff09 wrote:
Check out U2's cover of this.
 
Check out Concrete Blonde's cover of this on Spirit of 73: Rock for Choice.
Yeesh.  It was pretty good until the end.
 lemmoth wrote:

A year after "Ttreatment's"post, I'm beggin' Bill to consider "Till Victory" a great rocker, or RNR N, a brilliant song and when understand in context a plea for love and tolerance.
 
"Till Victory" rocks.  So does "Rock N Roll N****r", but it's a tough sell in these PC times.  It was hilarious to watch Patti introduce her performance of "Rock N Roll N****r" at her RRHOF induction as a song her mom requested..."the one I do my vacuuming to..."
It doesn't get better than this.
 Jeff09 wrote:
Check out U2's cover of this.
 
I must admit the U2 cover is pretty awesome, and I'm much more fond of Patti than U2.


This song is soooo beautiful...  always love to hear it...

 
Check out U2's cover of this.
 lemmoth wrote:

I'm beggin' Bill to consider "Till Victory" a great rocker, or RNR N, a brilliant song and when understand in context a plea for love and tolerance.
 

"Space Monkey" popped up randomly on my i-pod yesterday.  Hadn't heard it in a long time.  Still a weird "song" after 34 years.

"This is just, this is just, this is just my, THIS IS JUST MY JACKKNIFE!"
That prompted me to throw on Side 2 of my vinyl copy of Easter for the first time in a VERY long time.  Could you please explain to me just what the hell she's ranting about with the phrase "the transformation of waste"?
 lester wrote:
Great song, great Patti.

Mute the ending.
 
The ending is the best part.
Great song, great Patti.

Mute the ending.
Good one from Patti!
I LOVE this VOICE

YES MORE PATTI SMITH !!!!




Everybody in my hotel room just kicked off their shoes and leaped to their feet...  love it...

 
Well worth looking out Pattii's book - Just Kids. A real insight into her life and the early music scene in NY.

 MiracleDrug wrote:
here's a song that BAFFLES me as to why more modern artists don't cover...
 
The Mission did a great, passionate cover of this in the 90s. Indeed, that was my first exposure to the song, and until I read the comments here I thought this was Patti Smith covering The Mission :o). This original is pretty damn good, though, an easy 8.
I don't know what I was doing in 1979 that kept me from hearing this song. Probably listening to the death throes of Led Zeppelin and wearing out my Rolling Stones Hot Rocks tape. And God forgive me: Listening to Styx and Journey.

Don't judge me: I was young.
 Forest267 wrote:
Great profile on her on 60 Minutes last Sunday...
 
Yeah, she's awesome!

(Except that every time I see/hear her I think about Gilda Rander's impression, and it makes me laugh/sad)
Great profile on her on 60 Minutes last Sunday...
Epic.
Or how about radio friendly songs like Gloria and Ask the Angels
 treatment_bound wrote:

Can someone please explain why RP has only 1 Patti Smith song off Easter in the library (and ZERO off Horses or Radio Ethiopia—-i.e. no Gloria, Redondo Beach, Free Money, Ask the Angels, Ain't it Strange, etc.), and it's the one we've all heard a sh**-load of times since '78?

 


Side one
  1. "Till Victory" - 2:45
  2. "Space Monkey" (Smith, Ivan Kral, Tom Verlaine) - 4:04
  3. "Because the Night" (Smith, Bruce Springsteen) - 3:32
  4. "Ghost Dance" - 4:40
  5. "Babelogue" (Smith) - 1:25
  6. "Rock N Roll Nigger" - 3:13

Side two

  1. "Privilege (Set Me Free)" (Mel London, Mike Leander, Psalm 23) - 3:27
  2. "We Three" (Smith) - 4:19
  3. "25th Floor" (Smith, Kral) - 4:01
  4. "High on Rebellion" (Smith) - 2:37
  5. "Easter" (Smith, Jay Dee Daugherty) - 6:15


 
A year after "Ttreatment's"post, I'm beggin' Bill to consider "Till Victory" a great rocker, or RNR N, a brilliant song and when understand in context a plea for love and tolerance.

Not everything from the 70s stands the test of time, but this is just excellent. 

Yes, more Patti please.




This song puts a spring in my step this spring day...