Mr. Bojangles

Mr. Bojangles
Original Version:
Jerry Jeff Walker

I knew a man Bojangles and he'd dance for you in worn out shoes
Silver hair, ragged shirt and baggy pants, that old soft shoe
He'd jump so high, he'd jump so high, then he lightly touch down?
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, he talked of life, laughing slapped his leg stale
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance.

He said the name Bojangles and he danced a lick all across the cell
He grabbed his pants for a better stance, oh, he jumped so high and he clicked up his heels
He let go laugh, he let go laugh, shook back his clothes all around
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance, yeah, dance.

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

He said, "I dance now at every chance at honky-tonks for drinks and tips.
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, 'cause I drinks a bit"
He shook his head, yes, he shook his head, I heard someone ask him, "Please,
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance, dance, Mr. Bojangles, dance."


  • Writer(s): Jerry Jeff Walker

  • (First) Album Release: Dylan
  • Recording date: 1970
  • Released: 1973

jj walkerOne of Jerry Jeff Walker's most enduring legacies is "Mr. Bojangles," which he wrote and recorded in 1968. Besides Bob Dylan artists like Harry Belafonte, Garth Brooks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elton John, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston and Johnny Paycheck are just a few of the diverse artists who have recorded this song.

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