Who Sang Mr. Bojangles? Esther Phillips

Esther Phillips A Way to Say Goodbye cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Rhythm & Blues/Soul
length: 4:42
producer: David Matthews
conductor: David Matthews
vocal: Esther Phillips
engineer: Alan Silverman
arranger: David Matthews
I knew a man, Bojangles and he danced for you
In worn out shoes
Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
The old soft shoe
He jumped so high
He jumped so high
Then he'd lightly touch 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
He 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, a better stance
Oh, he jumped so high
Then he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh
He let go a laugh
Pushed back his clothes all around
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles

He danced for those in minstral shows and county fairs
Throughout the south
He spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and him
Traveled about
The dog up and died
He up and died
After twenty 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
He said 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

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 It's All in the Game
  • 2 Mama Said
  • 3 Goin' in Circles
  • 4 Nowhere to Run
  • 5 We Are Through
  • 6 Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)
  • 7 Mr. Bojangles
  • 8 Shake This Off
  • 9 A Way to Say Goodbye

  • Release information
    label: Muse Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin