Mr. Bojangles
Jerry Jeff Walker - lyrics as sung by Bob Dylan,
also performed by Nina Simone, Sammy Davis jr, Robby Williams - transp. to C


I (D)knew a man Bo(F# 5)jangles, and he'd (Bm)danced for you
(G) In worn-out (A)shoes
(D)Silver hair ,(F# 5)ragged shirt, (Bm)baggy pants,
(G)That old soft (A)shoes
(G) He'd jump so (D)high, he'd (F#m)jump so (Bm)high
Will he (E)lightly touch (A)down (A7)

I met him in a cell in New Orleans
I was down and out
He looked at me to be the eye of age
As he spoke right out
He talked of life, he talked of life
Laughing slapped his leg stale

    (Bm)Mr. Bo(A)jangles (3x)
    (D)dance

He said the name Bojangles and he danced a lick
All across the cell
Grabbed his pants for a better stance, oh, he jumped so high
And he clicked up his heels
He let go a laugh, he let go a laugh
Shook back his clothes all around

Said, he danced for those as minstrel shows and county fairs
Throughout the South
Spoke though tears of fifteen years how his dog and him
Traveled all about
His dog up and died, he up and died
After twenty years he still grieves

He said: I dance at every chance at honky-tonks for drinks and tips
But most of the time I spent behind
These county bars cause drink a bit
He shook his head, and he shook his head
I heard someone ask him: please, please

    Mr. Bojangles (3x)
    Dance
    Dance for you and me


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