Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mr. Bojangles

I knew a man Bojangles and he'd dance for you
In worn out shoes
With silver hair, a ragged shirt, and baggy pants
The old soft shoe
He jumped so high, jumped so high
Then he lightly touched 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 he spoke right out
He talked of life, talked of life, he laughed
clicked his heels and stepped

He said his name "Bojangles" and he danced a lick
across the cell
He grabbed his pants and spread his stance,
Oh he jumped so high and then he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
and 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 through tears of 15 years how his dog and him
traveled about
The dog up and died, he up and died
And 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
See... I drinks a bit
He shook his head, and as he shook his head
I heard someone ask him please

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance..

Written by Jerry Jeff Walker
Recorded by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and others... I liked the Sammy Davis, Jr. Version.

For the record, the songwriter said the song wasn't about the famous actor Bill Robinson who always claimed to be Bojangles, but was written after a jail cell encounter with a drunk.


  1. Always liked that song, especially the extended version with the old man talking.

    I googled clarity2010 and it took me to page about Lisbon-for a moment I was wondering what you were up to now.

  2. I see that too. I guess they must have the actual domain name, mine is just blogger. Too bad for them. :)

    A lot of people covered that song. It was only written in 1968.

  3. So this is the song you want stuck in our heads for the weekend? Just checking. ;-)

    My big brain can handle this.



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