Mr Bojangles

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Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone /ˈniːnə sɨˈmoʊn/, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while wo… more »

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

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


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