Mr. Bojangles

Misc. Traditional

 I knew a man, Bojangles, and he danced for you, in worn out shoes
 With silver hair a ragged shirt & baggy pants, the old soft shoe
 He jumped so high, jumped so high, then he lightly touched down  
 Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance        

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

He said his name 'Bojangles' and he danced a lick
Across the cell
He grabbed his pants, a better stance he jumped up high
He clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
Shook back his clothes all around
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance

He said 'I dance now at every chance in Honky Tonks
for drinks and tips'
But most the time I spend behind these County bars
he said 'I drink's a bit'
He shook his head and as he shook his head
I heard someone ask please
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance

Am C C/B D7 Dm7 E7 F G G7
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lexusbob (report comment to admin):
This song is by Jerry Jeff Walker, not a traditional folk song.
Humeski (report comment to admin):
Missing a verse:

He daced for those at minstrel shows
and county fairs through out the south
He spoke with tears of fiteen years
how his dog and he had traveled about.
His dog up and died, yes he up and died.
After twenty years he still grieved.
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bogangles, Dance.
elvis30523 (report comment to admin):
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
peterdoonan (report comment to admin):
The song is by JJ Walker and is not a Trad. song

I use this good set of chords but without a capo.
derrick1703 (report comment to admin):
For the verses, instead of C C/B Am F G, I add a G in between Am and F. It seems to complete the bass line as I remember it.
remotesunset (report comment to admin):
i thought jim croce made it but that might have been a cover :D 
Buckingham (report comment to admin):
yet another Neil Diamond (composer / singer) classic.