"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

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 twenty years 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!


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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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