Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Mr. Bojangles

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I knew a man Bojangles and he'd dance for you,
In worn out shoes,
With silver hair, a ragged shirt, and baggy pants
The old soft shoe.
He jumped so high, jumped so high
Then he'd lightly touch down.

I met him in a cell in New Orleans, I was down and out.
He looked to me to be the eyes of age as he spoke right out
He talked of life, talked of life, he laughed, clicked his heels
a step

(CHORUS)

He said his name "Bojangles" then he danced a lick
across the cell
He grabbed his pants, a better stance, o he jumped so hi, &
he clicked his
heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh, shook back his clothes all
around

(CHORUS)

He danced for those at minstrel shows & county fairs,
throughout the south
He spoke with tears of 15 years how his dog and him traveled
about.
His dog up and died, up and died, after 20 years he still
grieves.


He said I dance now at every chance in honky tonks for drinks
and tips
But most the time I spend behind these county bars cause I
drinks a bit
He shook his head, and as he shook his head I heard someone ask
him please

(CHORUS)


Writer/s: Jerry Jeff Walker

Mr. Bojangles de Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

This song appears in 19 albums


Live at the Crazy Horse Saloon, Santa Ana, California 1988 (Live: Santa Ana, California 1988)
2018

Anthology
2017

Fishin' In the Dark: The Best of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2017

Circlin' Back - Celebrating 50 Years (Live)
2016

Jambalaya: The Definitive Collection
2013

Best Of
2013

Under the Big Top, Vol. 1. - EP
2011

Back To Back: The Bellamy Brothers & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2011

Unbroken! Live
2010

Live - EP
2009

A Night With (Live)
2008

Unbroken! (Live)
2008

Mr. Bojangles (feat. Keith Urban & Dierks Bentley) - Single
2008

Live Americana Masters: Cosmic Cowboy
2005

Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy (Remastered)
2002

Certified Hits: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2001

Live Two Five
1991

The Best of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1987

Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy
1970
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