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Mr. Bojangles
1968 Jerry Jeff Walker
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was formed early 1966 with roots in folk and country music. After four LP, of which only the first had charted briefly, the band decided to break up. In June 1969, however, the band come back together with the single ""Mr. Bojangles"" by Jerry Jeff Walker, their only top 10 hit.

Recording sessions
1971 February 2-17: New York RCA Manhattan B
I knew a man Bojangles
And he danced for you
In worn out shoes
With silver hair a ragged shirt and baggy pants
The old soft shoe
He jumped so high he jumped so high
And then he lightly touched down

I met him in a cell in New Orleans
He was down and out
He looked at me to be the eyes of age
As he spoke right out
He talked of life he talked of life
He laughed and slapped his leg a step
Mr Bojangles Mr Bojangles Mr Bojangles dance

He said its name Bojangles
When he danced a flick across the cell
He grabbed his pants a better stance
Oh how he umped up high
He clicked his heels
He let go a laugh let go a laugh

He danced for those at minstrel shows
In county fairs throughout the South
He spoke with the tears of fifteen years
Of how his dog and he travelled the South a bit
How his dog up and died he just up and died
After twenty years he still grieved
Mr Bojangles Mr Bojangles Mr Bojangles dance

He said again I dance now at every chanche in honky-tonks
For drinks and tips
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars
He said I drinks a bit
He schock his head and as he shock his head
I heard someone respectfully ask
Please Mr Bojangles Mr Bojangles Mr Bojangles dance

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1973 July 28: New York Philarmonic Hall
I knew a man Bojangles
And he danced for you
In worn out shoes