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Mr Bojangles Chords
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Mr. Bojangles
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written by Jerry Jeff Walker
as performed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


   D            F#m            Bm
I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
    G        A
In worn out shoes
      D             F#m              Bm
With silver hair a ragged shirt and baggy pants
     G        A
The old soft shoe
G             F#m   F#m7      Bm
He jumped so high, jumped so high
             E7          A7
Then he'd lightly touch down.

(CHORUS)
Bm     A       Bm     A       Bm     A        D
Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  dance


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, talked of life, he laughed, slapped his leg a step
(CHORUS)

He said his name Bojangles then he danced a licked across the cell
He grabbed his pants, a better stance, o he jumped so hi, & he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh, shook back his clothes all around
(CHORUS)

He danced for those at minstrel shows & county fairs, throughout the south
He spoke with tears of 15 years how his dog and him traveled about
His dog up and died, up and died, after 20 years he still grieves
(CHORUS)

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 cause I drinks a bit
He shook his head, and as he shook his head I heard someone ask him please
(CHORUS)

I know hammer-on and pull-off and bass run embellishments, but it'll be
difficult to notate.  If there's interest, I'll work on it and upload it
separately.


Greg Vaughn
gvaughn@olga.net

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About the artist behind Mr Bojangles Chords:

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group's membership has had at least a dozen iterations over the years, including a period between from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as The Dirt Band. Constant members since the early days are singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmy Fadden. Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to 1986 and returned in 2001. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter joined the band in 1977.

The band's hits include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles". Albums include 1972's Will the Circle Be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis and Jimmy Martin. A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold and won two Grammy Awards and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.

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