Mr. Bojangles Lyrics

Nina Simone

publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Jerry Jeff Walker
album: Track 13 in album To Love Somebody / Here Comes the Sun
release date: 1998
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Jazz Funk / Soul
length: 5:03
lyricist: Jerry Jeff Walker
composer: Jerry Jeff Walker

Cover Art

Nina Simone To Love Somebody / Here Comes the Sun cover art
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I knew a man Bojangles
Always danced with worn out shoes
The silver hair, a ragged shirt
And bare ragged paints
The old soft shoe
He jumps so high
He jumps so high and
Then he lightly touches down

i met him in a New orleans cafè
He was down and out


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, jumped so high, then he lightly touched down.

I met him in a cell in New Orleans, I was
so 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, clicked heels instead.

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles,

He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
throughout the South.
He spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and he
traveled about.
His dog up and died, dog up and died, after twentyyears he still grieved.

He said, I dance now at every chance in honky tonks
for drinks and tips.
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars.
He said, I drink a bit.
He shook his head and as he shook his head I heard someone ask, please

Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles
Mister Bojangles,

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.

Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Suzanne
  • 2 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  • 3 Revolution, Part 1
  • 4 Revolution, Part 2
  • 5 To Love Somebody
  • 6 I Shall Be Released
  • 7 I Can't See Nobody
  • 8 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  • 9 The Times They Are A-Changin'
  • 10 Here Comes the Sun
  • 11 Just Like a Woman
  • 12 O-o-h Child
  • 13 Mr. Bojangles
  • 14 New World Coming
  • 15 Angel of the Morning
  • 16 How Long Must I Wander?
  • 17 My Way
  • 18 I Think It's Going to Rain Today
  • 19 In the Morning