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 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.
Written by: JERRY JEFF WALKER
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