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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Mr. Bojangles (key Of C) (Chord)
Submitter: rickr55 (28) on 4/13/13 6 comments
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Mr. Bojangles
written by Jerry Jeff Walker
as performed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

   C            Em            Am
I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
    F        G
In worn out shoes
      C             Em              Am
With silver hair a ragged shirt and baggy pants
     F        G
The old soft shoe
F             Em   Em7      Am
He jumped so high, jumped so high
             D7          G7
Then he'd lightly touch down.

Am     G       Am     G       Am     G        C
Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  Mr. Bojangles  dance

  C             Em            Am
I met him in a cell in New Orleans 
    F           G
I was down and out
     C          Em                Am
He looked to me to be the eyes of age 
     F            G
As he spoke right out
F             Em    Em7       Am
He talked of life, talked of life,
             D7               G7
He laughed, slapped his leg a step

   C                Em              Am
He said his name Bojangles then he danced a lick
  F         G
Across the cell
     C                  Em                  Am
He grabbed his pants, a better stance, o he jumped so high,
    F              G
And he clicked his heels
F            Em    Em7       Am
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh, 
          D7                G7
Shook back his clothes all around

    C               Em                 Am
He danced for those at minstrel shows & county fairs,
   F            G
Throughout the south
   C                Em                  Am
He spoke with tears of 15 years how his dog and him
   F        G 
Traveled about

F               Em   Em7     Am
His dog up and died, up and died, 
       D7                 G7
After 20 years he still grieves

   C              Em                     Am
He said I dance now at every chance in honky tonks 
   F            G
For drinks and tips
   C             Em                      Am
But most the time I spend behind these county bars
  F              G
Cause I drinks a bit
F             Em    Em7                Am
He shook his head, and as he shook his head 
         D7              G7
I heard someone ask him please
 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
Nice, and easy too.

I like to hold the C shape with my first finger on B string (first fret) only and walk down the base line. Then play an up/down arpeggio on the three highest strings. For a bit of variety I just sort of strum the chords in the chorus.
-larrivee | 4/8/2016
really relax song
-marknewby | 8/7/2017
wow) that is really great)
-MegaBrownShip | 9/11/2017
-LassenLass | 9/18/2017
-aussief | 5/4/2019
I think the Em7 should be either an E or E7. The Nitty Gritty version seems to use them both. Also you can go from Am to Am/G for a nice touch. A great job nonetheless! Thank you.
-commedian | 12/9/2019
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