Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.?

Posted by: 193866

Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 08/31/06 07:55 PM

Does anyone remember the song Mr. Bojingles? I can find no info...I want to order the sheet music to play on the piano...Sammy Davis Jr. involved with the song? The was a shadow on the wall dancing to this song...I have been playing Piano Man on the piano here at assisted living and they love it...by Billy Joel...Now I want the music to Mr. Bojingles...Thank you in advance...Sandy B
Posted by: LiszThalberg

Re: Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 08/31/06 08:13 PM

hey the sandy,
Mr Bojangles, not Bojingles was originally written by Jerry Jeff Walker.
You can find the sheet music here: http://search.musicnotes.com/?q=Jerry+Jeff+Walker

and the lyrics PRICE-LESS!


I knew a man Bojangles and he'd dance for you in worn out shoes
Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants, that old soft shoe
He'd jump so high, he'd jump so high, then he lightly touched down
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 eye of age as he spoke right out
He talked of life, he talked of life, laughing slapped his leg stale
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance.

He said the name Bojangles and he danced a lick all across the cell
He grabbed his pants for a better stance, oh he jumped so high and he
clicked up his heels
He let go laugh, he let go laugh, shook back his clothes all around
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance, yeah, dance.

He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs throughtout the south
He spoke with tears of 15 years of how his dog and him just travelled about
His dog up and died, he up and died, and after 20 years he still grieves
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance.

He said "I dance now at every chance at honky-tonks for drinks and tips
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, cause I drinks a bit"
He shook his head, yes he shook his head, I heard someone ask him, Ť•≠lease?
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance, dance, Mr Bojangles, dance.
Posted by: 193866

Re: Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 09/01/06 07:23 PM

Debussy20...Thank you so much ...Most appreciated...Sandy B
Posted by: Sir Lurksalot

Re: Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 09/05/06 05:13 PM

That song was a big hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band around 1970. Sammy Davis Jr. did perform it too.
Posted by: 193866

Re: Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 09/05/06 06:51 PM

Thank you , Sir Lurksalot...I wondered was Sammy Davis Jr. the one who sang this ? Thank you so much for your answer...I checked into Google , etc., and I could not get the answers... I did get a reply from one our members where I could buy the sheet music ...I so much appreciated his response too...The shadow on the wall dancing was this Sammy Davis too? Thank You... Sandy B
Posted by: Sir Lurksalot

Re: Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 09/05/06 08:43 PM

This article should answer most/all your questions. It's the first hit when you type "Mr. Bojangles" in Google. Of particular interest is the "...memorialized" paragraph.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Robinson
Posted by: gryphon

Re: Mr. Bojingles...the song..Who wrote,etc.? - 09/05/06 09:22 PM

That song is a bit of a yawner--until you listen to the lyrics closely.