500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Patti Smith Group, 'Dancing Barefoot'

Writers: Smith, Ivan Kral
Producer: Todd Rundgren
Released: May '79, Arista
Did not chart

Smith started as a poet and Rolling Stone writer before finding fame as a New York punk priestess. "Dancing Barefoot" is her mystical ode to sexual rapture. "I think sex is one of the five highest sensations one can experience," she said in 1978. "A very high orgasm is a way of communion with our creator." She added that she masturbated to her own album-cover photo, as well as to the Bible.

Appears on: Wave (Arista)

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