news
discography
songs
tours
videos
people
family tree
timeline
press releases
reviews
faq
mailing list
fanzines
site map
links
about
contact

dancing barefoot


composer
Written by: Smith / Kral / Kaye / Sohl / Daugherty


publisher
Bug Music Ltd / Druse Music Inc / Warner Chappell Music Ltd / Bohemia Music LLC


background
"Another huge influence of Simple Minds were the bands coming out of New York in the late, late seventies. Talking about Television, Ramones, New York Dolls, Talking Heads... but more than all, talking about Patti Smith."

"Patti Smith: fantastic live. Act really was... I mean Patti was one of the original princess poets. This song, Dancing Barefoot, originally produced by Todd Rundgren, another influence of ours. Dancing Barefoot, again, a song we would play live, a song that would... anytime anyone heard these initial chords, used to get a great, great reaction."

"And I feel on this one, we've almost taken a pop, electronic route with the song. But Dancing Barefoot is a classic from the late, late seventies, probably seventy-nine. I hope we've done it justice." - Jim, Sampler CD, 2001


"Covering an iconic song, one that has already been made famous by another artist, can be as much challenging as it is fun, and naturally the results can vary, depending on whoever is judging that is."

"Some fans of music seemingly don't like the idea of "covers" on principle. In purist fashion, they hold on to the view that the original is sacred and therefore not to be messed with. That of course is not a view that I share. Songs are songs after all, they were written to be played and sung by all. Having anyone cover your song should be a compliment, covering anyone else's song is also a compliment. Most bands "cut their teeth" playing the songs of others, that is how they learn and in doing so initiate their own vision incrementally."

"Patti Smith is one of the most unique singer/songwriters that I know. She sounds like no one else, she also writes with a vision of her own that in my opinion bears no comparison. Patti nevertheless came to a level of popularity as a result of covering two songs in particular, one written by Van Morrison (Gloria), the other by Bruce Springsteen. (Because The Night)"

"Simple Minds who have covered such artists as The Velvet Underground, The Doors, Kraftwerk, Neil Young, Sly Stone, Prince, Bowie, Roxy and many others, are currently playing a couple of "covers" in our live set. One of which was written by Patti Smith - it is called "Dancing Barefoot " and I swear that the delivery of the song - arranged by Charlie Burchill and sung by Sarah Brown - in Berlin on Saturday night, was sublime."

"Really, that good? Yes, for me, it was, that good. A truly beautiful song to begin with, and one of my personal favourites. It is also a song I have only ever heard played live once before, and with that being so then obviously I was thrilled to hear it again."

"Sarah's bewitching delivery took me completely by surprise, as she adapted the song in a style I would never have imagined, owning it completely, in a way that made me forget momentarily about the original even. Charlie's updated arrangement, brought something very new to the song, a sultry, dark power, that came booming out of the speakers. And as always, with a killer groove at the base of it all Slipping out into the audience as I did, enabled me to experience the performance amongst the Berlin crowd. They were obviously enjoying the moment as much as me. A true highlight, no doubt about it, this song will get even better over the days and weeks ahead." - Jim, 4th February 2014


JK: Certainly Dancing Barefoot had been part of the mainstay set for the past year and Sarah just rips it up. You know, you and I and a lot of people know about Patti Smith's song, there's quite a lot of Simple Minds' audience who don't know it, so it's a new thing for them, and Sarah just shines on it and she does it her way, she doesn't do it Patti Smith's way, she does it her way. Fantastic.

Martin Hanlin
The Real McCoy
KX 93.5





lyrics
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?

[Chorus]

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...

[Chorus]

(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 afixiation a fix on anything the line of life the limb of a tree,
The hands of he and the promise that she is blessed among women.

(Oh God I fell for you ...)



discography
Album Version (3:48)
Producer: Simple Minds and Gordon Goudie
Mixed and Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth

Dancing Barefoot EP Promo Dancing Barefoot EP Promo Dancing Barefoot EP Promo Dancing Barefoot EP Dancing Barefoot EP US Promo Dancing Barefoot EP US Promo Neon Lights Promo CDR Neon Lights 5 Track Sampler Neon Lights Album Samper Neon Lights German Promo CDR Simple Minds Limited Edition Neon Lights CD Neon Lights US Advance CD Neon Lights US CD Neon Lights Canadian CD Neon Lights Indonesian MC Neon Lights - Cry European CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD
Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:12)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (4:15)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (4:04)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (4:06)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (4:06)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (4:05)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:10)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:10)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:07)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:15)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (4:02)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (4:06)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th June 2014) (4:09)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th July 2014) (4:04)
Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (24th July 2014) (4:22)
Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: The Cavea, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Gru Village, Turin, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Album Version (4:02)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Lead Vocals by Sarah Brown

Big Music German Promo CD Big Music French Promo CDs Big Music Promo CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD
Acoustic Live (10th November 2016) (4:01)
Sound Engineer: Olivier Gerard
Audio Mixed By: Olivier Gerard assisted by Rudy Coclet
Mastered By: Alan Ward


Acoustic Promo CD Acoustic Live CD + DVD




downloads
Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:12)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (4:15)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (4:04)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (4:06)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (4:06)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (4:05)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:10)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:10)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:07)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:15)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:11)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (4:02)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (4:06)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th June 2014) (4:09)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th July 2014) (4:04)
Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (24th July 2014) (4:22)
Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: The Cavea, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th July 2014) (4:03)
Recorded: Gru Village, Turin, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




videography
Album Version (3:48)
Producer: Simple Minds and Gordon Goudie
Mixed and Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth

Dancing Barefoot promo video

Acoustic Live (10th November 2016) (4:01)
Sound Engineer: Olivier Gerard
Audio Mixed By: Olivier Gerard assisted by Rudy Coclet
Mastered By: Alan Ward


Acoustic Live CD + DVD Acoustic In Concert DVD Acoustic In Concert Blu-Ray




live history
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014
Big Music Summer Tour: 2015
Travelling Light: 2016
Acoustic: 2017