Mr Bojangles

Jerry Jeff Walker

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I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
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 In worn out shoes
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With silver hair a ragged shirt and baggy pants
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 The old soft shoe
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 He jumped so high, he jumped so high
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Then he'd lightly touch down.

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met him in a cell in New Orleans I was
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 down and out
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He looked to me to be the eyes of age
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as he spoke right out
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 He talked of life, talked of life,
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he laughed, slapped his leg a step

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 Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  dance  

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He said his name Bojangles then he danced a licked
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 across the cell
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He grabbed his pants, a better stance, oh he jumped so high,
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 and he clicked his heels
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 He let go a laugh, let go a laugh,
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shook back his clothes all around

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 Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  dance  

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He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs,
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 throughout the south.
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He spoke with tears of 15 years how his dog and him
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 traveled about
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 His dog up and died, up and died,
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after 20 years he still grieves

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

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 Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  dance   

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Hogboy (report comment to admin):
Thumb pickers can start with a slow G-A-B-C intro and then add a bass line to the chords - C-B-A-G-F-G-C.


Then G-A-B-C to turn it around again.

Get yer buddy to call "Sang Teddy, Sang" with a dog howl or 2 and everyone will cry.