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Lyrics by: Jerry Jeff Walker
# Debut Chart
9 Nov '70 Hot 100


I knew a man Bojangles And he`d dance for you In worn out shoes Silver hair, a ragged shirt And baggy pants The old soft shoe He jumped so high Jumped so high Then he`d lightly touch down 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 The smoke ran out He talked of life, talked of life He laughed, clicked his heels And stared

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He said his name Bojangles Then he danced a lick Across the cell He grabbed his pants And fitted stance Oh, he jumped so high And then 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 danced for those at Minstrel shows and county fairs Throughout the south He spoke with tears of fifteen years How his dog and him traveled about The dog up and died, up and died After twenty 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, please Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles Mr. Bojangles, dance


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