Ирина (fontyler) wrote,

Nina Simone- Mr Bojangles

Мистер Боджанглз' – эта песня была записана американским исполнителем в стиле кантри Джерри Джефф Уокером для альбома, выпущенного в 1968 году; с тех пор она вошла в репертуар многих исполнителей.

В 1965 году Джерри Уокер попал в тюрьму в Новом Орлеане за то, что был нетрезвым в общественном месте. Там он и повстречал Мистера Боджанглза, белого танцора-бродягу. Он назвался Боджанглзом, не желая сообщать полиции своё подлинное имя. Взяли его, наряду с многими другими обездоленными, в ходе массовой зачистки после наделавшего много шуму убийства.

В тюремной камере не утихали разговоры о том о сём, но когда Боджанглз рассказал историю своей собаки, с которой он бродяжничал 15 лет, и которая сдохла от старости, всем стало не по себе. Кто-то из сокамерников попросил сделать хоть что-нибудь, чтобы разрядить обстановку. И Гн. Боджанглз станцевал чечётку.

I knew a man Bojangles
And he danced for you
In worn out shoes
With silver hair, a ragged shirt
And baggy pants, the old soft shoe
He jumped so high, he jumped so high
Then he lightly touched down

[GO ON READING!]I met him in a cell in New Orleans
I was down and out
He looked at me to be the eyes of age
As he spoke right out
He talked of life, he talked of life
He laughed, and slapped his leg a step

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance!

He said his name, Bojangles
then he danced a lick across the cell
He grabbed his pants
a better stance
Oh, he jumped up high
he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, he let go a laugh
Shook back his clothes all around

He danced for those
At minstrel shows and county fairs
Throughout the south
He spoke with tears of 15 years
How his dog and he traveled about
His dog up and died, he up and died
After 20 years he still grieves

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance!

He said I dance now
At every chance in honky tonks
For drinks and tips
But most of the time
I spend behind these county bars
He said I drinks a bit

He shook his head
And as he shook his head
I heard someone respectfully ask

Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance!

"Mr. Bojangles" is a song written and originally recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title
Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail. While in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless white man who called himself "Mr. Bojangles" to conceal his true identity from the police. He had been arrested as part of a police sweep of indigent people that was carried out following a high-profile murder. The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance.

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