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  • RIP Mr. Bojangles

    Jerry Jeff Walker



    Lyrics
    I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
    In worn out shoes
    Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
    The old soft shoe
    He jumped so high
    He jumped so high
    Then he'd lightly touched down
    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
    He talked of life
    He lightly slapped his leg instead
    He said the name Bojangles and he danced a lick
    Across the cell
    He grabbed his pants for a better stance
    He jumped so high
    He clicked his heels
    He let go a laugh
    He let go a laugh
    Shook back his clothes all around
    Mr Bojangles
    Mr Bojangles
    Mr Bojangles
    Dance
    We danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
    Throughout the south
    We spoke in tears of fifteen years
    How his dog and him
    They travelled about
    His dog up and died
    He up and died
    After twenty years he still grieves
    They said I dance now at every chance and 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 please
    Mr Bojangles
    Mr Bojangles
    Mr Bojangles
    Dance
    Mr Bojangles
    Mr Bojangles
    Mr Bojangles








    Last edited by 20/20; 10-24-2020, 05:40 PM.

  • #2
    https://twitter.com/mikefinger/statu...70568552931328

    Mike Finger

    @mikefinger
    My favorite Jerry Jeff Walker story is the one Todd Snider has told about six million times and swears is true, about the two of them leaving a bar and walking down a deserted street in Santa Fe. From Todd’s book:

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    • #3
      Nice story McG. I believe JJW was a French Quarter resident for a spell. RIP

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      • #4
        Originally posted by McGregor View Post
        https://twitter.com/mikefinger/statu...70568552931328

        Mike Finger

        @mikefinger
        My favorite Jerry Jeff Walker story is the one Todd Snider has told about six million times and swears is true, about the two of them leaving a bar and walking down a deserted street in Santa Fe. From Todd’s book:

        I’ve heard Todd tell that story often. I don’t know if it’s true, but I choose to believe believe that it is.

        RIP, Jerry Jeff. Another great one gone. A terrible year just keeps getting worse.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by McGregor View Post
          https://twitter.com/mikefinger/statu...70568552931328

          Mike Finger

          @mikefinger
          My favorite Jerry Jeff Walker story is the one Todd Snider has told about six million times and swears is true, about the two of them leaving a bar and walking down a deserted street in Santa Fe. From Todd’s book:

          Cool story

          Always loved Mr Bojangles

          RIP Jerry Jeff

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          • #6
            Born Ronald Clyde Crosby:

            “I didn’t just burn the candle at both ends, I was also finding new ends to light.”

            God speed Sir.

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            • #7
              Todd did this last night. I am posting a link and I am picking it up after quite a few minutes of pictures of Jerry Jeff (or Ronald if you prefer). Todd does a piano bit and then begins his bit. I hope that it works, I'm not so good at this stuff. Oops. Just checked it out. I've got the timing wrong. Back up and start at about the 25.18 minute mark.

              https://youtu.be/JzuuI4ErIxQ?t=1868

              It's worth watching
              Last edited by 20/20; 10-25-2020, 10:32 AM. Reason: fine tuning my mistakes

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              • #8
                Great story, but I don't think a bar in Santa Fe has stayed open past 1o pm in the last 30 years. I mean, the place just shuts down. I bought David Bromberg's Demon in Disguise as a late-teen's aspiring troubadour and marveled at his version of his old bandleader's Mr. Bojangles. A "bit" later I bought Viva Terlingua! and marveled at... everything on that record. And promptly gave up on being a troubadour - something Todd can rightly claim.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by duende View Post
                  Great story, but I don't think a bar in Santa Fe has stayed open past 1o pm in the last 30 years. I mean, the place just shuts down. I bought David Bromberg's Demon in Disguise as a late-teen's aspiring troubadour and marveled at his version of his old bandleader's Mr. Bojangles. A "bit" later I bought Viva Terlingua! and marveled at... everything on that record. And promptly gave up on being a troubadour - something Todd can rightly claim.
                  Viva Terlingua! -- I don't know how or why that record made it into my older brother's collection when we were just teens, but we got a lot of use out of it. And that Todd Snider story is great, especially the punch line "boring life so far, kid".

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                  • #10
                    Well done, Todd, and he came "late" to Jerry Jeff by meeting him in 1985. Since the early '70's, JJW had hung out extensively with Bromberg, Buffett, Guy Clark and many others. Ah, the stories they all could tell - never heard the one about his name change and the fake ID's though!

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                    • #11
                      Billy Joe Shaver passed at age 81 today. Died of a stroke, according to Willie.

                      To quote a friend: Get Willie some oxygen - STAT!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by freebo View Post
                        To quote a friend: Get Willie some oxygen - STAT!
                        At this point, oxygen might be a nasty shock to his system. (Puff, puff, cough...)

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