Sammy Davis Jr., a legendary figure in the world of entertainment, left an indelible mark on the music industry with his timeless rendition of “Mr. Bojangles.” This iconic song, a blend of jazz and soul, has resonated with generations of listeners, captivating hearts and minds alike. In this article, we delve into the intriguing narrative behind “Mr. Bojangles” shed light on the artist behind this masterpiece, and explore fascinating insights about this song.Sammy Davis Jr. Continued Performing After a Fiery Gun Mishap Onstage

Did You Know?

  • “Mr. Bojangles” was originally written and recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968.
  • Sammy Davis Jr. released his version of the song in 1972 as part of his album, “Now”. His rendition added a unique touch by infusing his characteristic charm and soulful voice into the song.
  • The song was inspired by a real encounter Jerry Jeff Walker had with a street performer in a New Orleans jail. The performer went by the name “Mr. Bojangles” and left a lasting impression on Walker.

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Lyrics: Mr. Bojangles

[Verse 1]
I knew a man
“Bojangles” and
He’d dance for you
In worn out shoes
With silver hair
A ragged shirt
And baggy pants
He would do the old Soft Shoe

He could jump so high
Jump so high
And then he’d lightly touch down

[Verse 2]
I met him in
A cell in New Orleans
I was
Well I was down and out
He looked to me
To be
The very eyes of age
As he spoke right out

He talked of life
Lord, he talked of life
He laugh-slapped his leg in step

[Verse 3]
He said the name
“Bojangles” and
Then he danced a lick
Right across the cell
He grabbed his pants
Took a better stance
Jumped up high
That’s when he clicked his heels

Then he let go a laugh
Lord, he let go a laugh
Shook back his clothes all around

That was Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Lord, he could dance

[Verse 4]
He’s told me of
The times he’d worked
For minstrel shows
Traveling throughout the South
He spoke with tears
Of fifteen years
How his dog and he
They just traveled about

But his dog up and died
Dog up and died
And after twenty years he still grieves

[Verse 4]
He said “I dance
“Now at every chance
“In honky-tonks
“For my drinks and tips
“But most of the time
“I spend behind
“These county bars
“‘You see son, I, I drinks a bit”

Then he shook his head
Lord, when he shook his head
I could swear I heard someone say, “Please?

“Mr. Bojangles
“Mr. Bojangles
“Mr. Bojangles
“Come back and dance”
Dance, dance, dance
Come back and please dance

Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles

Why can’t you come back and dance?
Come on, Bojangles
Again, Bojangles

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