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Mr.Jones by Counting Crows

Released by Counting Crows in 1993
From the Album: August And Everything After |

This version of Mr.jones By Counting Crows was released by Counting Crows in 1993.

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When you’re first, you’re the best. Mr. Jones was the first single released by Counting Crows in 1993, and was also their biggest hit from all of their albums.

The lyrics for Mr. Jones were written by lead singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson, with the other 3 Counting Crows band members getting composer credits on the song. The song is about Adam’s friend Marty Jones, a bandmate from a previous band. They were out in San Francisco together one night to see Marty’s father, a flamenco guitar player from Spain, perform at an old mission. Afterwards, Adam and Marty got wasted at a nearby bar and sat there looking at two attractive women they were too shy to approach.

The joke was that if they were big rock stars instead of loser, low-budget musicians (at the time), that they would have an easy time getting the girls. The song overall is a delusional and ironic take that fame makes everything a whole lot better. After the release of the song and the band’s rise to fame, Adam Duritz sunk into a depression based on his newfound notoriety and fame, which is quite ironic considering this first big hit was about fame being great.

For various reasons above, Mr. Jones by Counting Crows makes our own Decades Lyrics list of the most popular singalong songs.

Here’s the lyrics to Mr. Jones, or Mister Jones, by Counting Crows.

I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this
yellow-haired girl
Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation with this black-
haired flamenco dancer
She dances while his father plays guitar
She’s suddenly beautiful
We all want something beautiful
I wish I was beautiful
So come dance this silence down through the morning
Cut up, Maria! Show me some of them Spanish dances
Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones
Believe in me
Help me believe in anything
I want to be someone who believes
Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales
Stare at the beautiful women
“She’s looking at you. Ah, no, no, she’s looking at me.”
Smiling in the bright lights
Coming through in stereo
When everybody loves you, you can never be lonely
I will paint my picture
Paint myself in blue and red and black and gray
All of the beautiful colors are very very meaningful
Gray is my favorite color
I felt so symbolic yesterday
If I knew Picasso
I would buy myself a gray guitar and play
Mr. Jones and me look into the future
Stare at the beautiful women
“She’s looking at you.
I don’t think so. She’s looking at me.”
Standing in the spotlight
I bought myself a gray guitar
When everybody loves me, I will never be lonely
I want to be a lion
Everybody wants to pass as cats
We all want to be big big stars, but we got different
reasons for that
Believe in me because I don’t believe in anything
and I want to be someone to believe
Mr. Jones and me stumbling through the barrio
Yeah we stare at the beautiful women
“She’s perfect for you, Man, there’s got to be
somebody for me.”
I want to be Bob Dylan
Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more
When everybody loves you, son, that’s just about as
funky as you can be
Mr. Jones and me staring at the video
when I look at the television, I want to see me staring
right back at me
We all want to be big stars, but we don’t know why
and we don’t know how
But when everybody loves me, I’m going to be just
about as happy as I can be
Mr. Jones and me, we’re gonna be big stars…

Counting Crows has released many songs over the years besides Mr.jones By Counting Crows. Counting Crows released songs from 1991 to 2002 spanning across albums like She Likes The Weather, August And Everything After, Recovering The Satellites, This Desert Life, and Hard Candy. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Counting Crows.

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