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Mr. Bojangles

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I knew a man Bojangles and he’d dance for you, In worn out shoes

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The silver hair a ragged shirt and baggy pants, That old soft shoe

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He’d jump so high, Jump so high, Then he’d lightly touch down

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Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, D – a – n – c - e

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I met him in a cell in New Orleans, I was down and out

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He looked to me to be the eyes of age, As he spoke right out

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He talked of life, he talked of life, Then he laughed and slapped his leg a step (chorus)

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He said the name Bojangles then he danced a lick, All across the cell

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He grabbed his pants for a better stance Oh he jumped so high, And clicked up his heels

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He let go a laugh, let go a laugh, Shook his clothes all around (chorus)

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He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs, Throughout the south

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He spoke with tears of 15 years how his dog and him, Just traveled about

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His dog up and died, he up and died, After 20 years he still grieves (chorus)

 

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He said I dance now at every chance in honky tonks, For drinks and tips

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But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, cause I drinks a bit

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He shook his head, and he shook his head, I heard someone ask him “Please” (chorus)

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Mr. Bojangles, dance

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