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Mr Bojangles  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


I k[D]new a man Boj[F#m]angles and he d[Bm]anced for you
In w[G]orn out s[A]hoes
With s[D]ilver hair a r[F#m]agged shirt and b[Bm]aggy pants
The o[G]ld soft s[A]hoe
[G]He jumped so h[F#m]igh, j[F#7]umped so h[Bm]igh
Then he'd lig[E7]htly touch d[A7]own.
[Bm]Mr. Boj[A]angles  [Bm]Mr. Boj[A]angles  [Bm]Mr. Boj[A]angles  d[D]ance

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, talked of life, he laughed, slapped his leg a step

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

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

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 cause I drinks a bit
He shook his head, and as he shook his head I heard someone ask him please

I know hammer-on and pull-off and bass run embellishments, but it'll be
difficult to notate. If there's interest, I'll work on it and upload it

Greg Vaughn

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