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Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
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Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker  (3/4, 6/8 - Capo 2nd Fret)

Introduction: C, C/B, Am, Am/G

   C           C/B            Am           Am/G
I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you

   F   F     G     G
In worn out shoes

C           C/B               Am           Am/G
Silver hair, ragged shirt and baggy pants

F   F         G     G
That old soft shoe

F   F         C       E      Am     Am/G
He jumped so high, he jumped so high.

D7     D7               G    G      G7     G7
Then he lightly touched down


Am  Am      Em  Em    Am  Am   Em    Em     Am  Am   Em    Em
Mr. Bojangles!!       Mr. Bojangles!!       Mr. Bojangles!!

C   C/B  Am  Am/G

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

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


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 just traveled about
His dog up and died, he up and died, 
and after 20 years he still grieves

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?

Chorus (fade out)

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Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles is the title of a song originally written and recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title. Since then, it has been recorded by many other artists, including American country music band The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose version (recorded for the 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy) was issued as a single and rose to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1971. A live version of the song appeared on Walker's 1980 album The Best of Jerry Jeff Walker.

Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail and that the song does not refer to the famous stage and movie personality Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Walker said while in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless white man who called himself "Mr. Bojangles" to conceal his true identity from the police. He had been arrested as part of a police sweep of indigent people that was carried out following a high-profile murder. The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance

The song is notated in two time signatures, 3/4 and 6/8.

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Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker

Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 2/28/2013
Updated: 3/2/2013
Tab By: willc
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