Mr Bojangles                                                             Prepared by Mike Martin

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Ύ time


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I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you ….….  in worn out shoes

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With silver hair a ragged shirt and baggy pants, …………he did the old soft shoe

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He jumped so high,  jumped so high ….. ..   ..  then he'd lightly touch down.



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Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  dance


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, slapped his leg a step


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




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,



Please ….