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Old 09-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #32
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I dedicate the following to my fellow canine-loving time's been 40 years since I heard Jerry Jeff Walker sing the original version:

I knew a man, Mr. Sentinel, and he'd dance for you
With silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
The old soft shoe
He jumped so high, jumped so high
Then he lightly touched down

I met him in a cell in Delhi town, 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 and laughed
Clicked his heels and stepped

He said his name, Mr. Sentinel, and he danced a lick
Across the cell
He grabbed his pants and spread his stance
Oh, he jumped so high and then he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
And shook back his clothes all around

Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel...Dance!

He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
Throughout the South
He spoke through tears of 15 years, how his dog and him
Traveled about
The dog up and died, he up and died
And after 20 years he still grieves

He said I dance now 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

Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel...Dance!
Despite all of life's bumps and bruises, I'm still committed to making this world better one smile, one laugh at a time, every day!
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