"Mr. Bojangles" as written by and Jerry Jeff Walker....
I knew a man Bojangles
Always danced with worn out shoes
The silver hair, a ragged shirt
And bare ragged paints
The old soft shoe
He jumps so high
He jumps so high and
Then he lightly touches down

i met him in a New orleans cafè
He was down and out

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I knew a man, Bojangles, and he danced 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
so down and out.
He looked at me to be the eyes of age,
as he spoke right out.
He talked of life, he talked of life. He laughed, clicked heels instead.

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles,
dance!

He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
throughout the South.
He spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and he
traveled about.
His dog up and died, dog up and died, after twentyyears he still grieved.

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

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles,
dance!




The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was formed early 1966 with roots in folk and country music. After four LP, of which only the first had charted briefly, the band decided to break up. In June 1969, however, the band come back together with the single "Mr. Bojangles" by Jerry Jeff Walker, their only top 10 hit.


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"Mr Bojangles" as written by Jerry Jeff Walker

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    General CommentThe most beautiful version of this song.
    orfragaon January 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnina's version is one of my very favourite songs. the recording is magical. it will always remind me of my mother cooking something up in the kitchen with the sun settng outside.
    sethbrownon May 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. My parents used to have a version which they played in the car all the time so it reminds me of car journeys as a youngster.
    This version totally kicks ass though, I love Nina Simone.
    personno.1on May 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so warm. One of my favorite of all time!
    Patrice50on April 16, 2016   Link

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