"Dancing Barefoot" as written by Ivan Kral and Patti Lee Smith....
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 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

Here I go when I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
Could it be he's taking over me

I'm dancing barefoot
Headin' for a spin
Some strange music drags me in
Makes me come up like some heroine

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

Here I go when 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 up like some heroine

Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you


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"Dancing Barefoot" as written by Leonard J Kaye Jay Dee Daugherty

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  • +1
    General Commenti think it's about being so taken by someone that you let yourself go all out
    blackblackon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is all about how the slow realisation that she has fallen in love, elevates her to a place that maybe only taking drugs could possibly come close to.

    Maybe even a play on the words "Heroin/e" and "re-creation"(as in recreational drugs)??

    Beautiful Song
    sublime-nationon September 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPatti dedicated this song to women such as Jeanne Hébuterne, mistress of the artist Amedeo Modigliani. She commited suicide when he died, so the idea of being completely taken over by love for one person would make sense.
    Prisoner.I.Wason May 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really LOVE U2's cover of this song...it's amazing
    iheartlarryon June 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUsed to think this was a U2 original until I discovered Patti's. Both are amazing. Used to think Bono was saying heroin, until I heard the original, heroine makes more sense. Definitely not about heroin, "makes me come on like some heroine".
    Thanks, Prisoner for clearing that up. Still, I can see how some would make the connection, it was recorded close to the same period as Bad, and Running to Stand Still which are about heroin and hopelessness
    jiminoson August 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me the lyric is not "heroin/e" but "heroine," as in "a female hero."

    Does anyone here know how Patti actually wrote that line?
    JBL55on August 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite version will always be the Simple Minds cover from 2001. Very catchy in all forms, though.
    HonestManon August 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentJeanne Hebuterne was married to a famous artist in the early 1900s. They had a child together, and she was pregnant with another. In 1920, her husband died, from either drug addiction, illness (or both). 2 days later, Jeanne threw herself off a building, killing herself and her unborn child, leaving their first child orphaned.

    Patti looks at this shocking story of love, loss and grief, probably through the lens of her own relationships. She grabs the cliche "Oh God, I fell for you" with both hands, and twists it into a grotesque meditation on love and death. That last line is repeated over & over while Smith recites some cryptic poetry (not included here), probably representing the last thoughts in Jeanne's mind before she died.
    bingoboyon July 31, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song's about heroine
    Cure.on September 24, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGreat song. Great lyrics. I think it is about heroin too.
    XxSeventhStrangerXxon September 24, 2008   Link

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