Since then, it has been recorded by many other artists, including US country music band the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose version (recorded for the 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy) was issued as a single and rose to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1971. Live versions of the song appeared on Walker's 1977 album, A Man Must Carry On and his 1980 album The Best of Jerry Jeff Walker.
The NGDB's single version begins with the Uncle Charlie interview (subtitled "Prologue: Uncle Charlie and his Dog Teddy") that also precedes the song on the Uncle Charlie album. This was originally backed with another interview with Uncle Charlie, also taken from the album. When "Mr. Bojangles" started climbing the charts, the B-side was re-pressed with the same song without the interview prologue.
I knew a man, Bojangles, and he danced for you In worn out shoes. With silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants, He would do the old soft shoe. He jumped so high, jumped so high, Then he lightly touched down.
I met him in a cell in New Orleans, I was So down and out. He looked at me to be the eyes of age, As he spoke right out.
Talked of life, talked of life. He laughed, slapped his leg a step.
He said his name, Bojangles, then he danced a lick Right across the cell. He grabbed his pants, a better stance, he jumped up high, and he clicked his heels. He let go a laugh, let go a laugh, Shook back his clothes all around.
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance!
Told me of the time he worked with minstrel shows, Traveling throughout the South. Spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and he Traveled about. His dog up and died, the dog up and died, After twenty years, he still grieved.
Said, "I dance now at every chance in honky tonks For nights, drinks and tips." But most of the time I spend behind these county bars. He said, I drink a bit. Then he shook his head and as he shook his head I could sware I heard someone said, please, please,
Mister Bojangles, Mister Bojangles Mister Bojangles, Come back to dance!