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Mr Bojangles Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
#
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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eltakko wrote on April 3 2008, 04:21 pm

This should be played either with tuning dropped a half step or a capo on the 4th fret.

Also, the chorus isn't nearly as often as the tab states

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docweasel wrote on August 15 2010, 08:22 am

wrong chord change in there, and it's one of the loveliest chord changes I know (min to maj same root):

G F#m F#m7 Bm
He jumped so high, jumped so high [sic]

should be

G F#m F#maj Bm Bm(A)
He jumped so high, jumped so high

The opposite effect, maj to min of the same tonic, is a very effective device in songs like Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman", Elton John's "Daniel" and Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)"

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afnatik wrote on May 24 2013, 11:49 am

i totally agree with docweasel the change is really beautiful. thank you very much to all of you guys or girls :)

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