Mr. Bojangles

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1970

"Mr. Bojangles"
by: nitty gritty dirt band
songwriter: Jerry Jeff Walker

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 lightly touched 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 and stepped

He said his name "Bojangles" and
he danced a lick across the cell
He grabbed his pants and spread his stance,
Oh he jumped so high and then he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
and shook back his clothes all around

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance

He danced for those at minstrel shows and
county fairs throughout the south
He spoke through tears of 15 years how
his dog and him traveled about
The dog up and died, he up and died
And 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

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance..