Meaning of Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith & The Story Behind

The relationship between the French artist Jeanne Hebuterne and the great Italian creator Amedeo Modigliani is a sad story of a short but passionate love with a bitter ending. Their relationship lasted about three years, during which the girl was the muse of the famous impressionist and the main theme in his work. When Modigliani died of tuberculous meningitis, a devoted companion, pregnant with her second child, jumped out of the window.

The story of creation and the meaning of the song Dancing Barefoot

Jeanne Hebuterne and all women who are ready to sacrifice for the sake of pure love, Patti Smith dedicated the composition Dancing Barefoot. She co-wrote the song with musician and composer Ivan Kral.

Patti Smith called lovemaking “one of the five higher senses” available to man. The singer described organicism as “a method of communication with our creator.” These views of the singer can be traced in the lines of the song.

In May 1979, Dancing Barefoot was released as the second single from the album Wave, the fourth in the discography of the Patti Smith Group. It has become one of Patti Smith’s most famous songs.

Rolling Stone magazine included it in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Dancing Barefoot cover versions

Over the years, the song was performed by U2, Pearl Jam and other famous bands.

Interesting Facts

  • The song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Whatever (1998).

Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith Lyrics

She is benediction
She is addicted to you
She is the root connection
She is connecting with him

Here I go and I don’t know why
I flow so ceaselessly
Could it be he’s taking over me
I’m dancing barefoot
Headin’ for a spin
Some strange music draws me in
It makes me come up like some heroine

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


She is recreation
She intoxicated by thee
She has the slow sensation that
He is levitating with she


Oh God I fell for you

Lyrics of Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith Alternate

She is a blessing
She is devoted to you
She is rooted
She connects with him

Here I am, don’t know why
I go with the flow all the time
Is it possible that I’m taking over me
I dance barefoot
Spinning in the dance
Some strange music draws me in
She makes me feel like a heroine

She is a cleanser
She is the essence of you
She focuses on
The one she chose


She is restoration
She’s drunk on you
He slowly realizes that
She floats with her


Oh God I fell in love with you

Song quote

…a mystical ode to sexual delight…

Rolling stone

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