Mr. Jones

Words & Music:

Counting Crows


Am  F  Dm  G                 Am     F    G

             Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-------- Uh-huh...


Am                    F         Dm              G

I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this yellow-haired girl

    Am                       F                G

Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation with this black-haired flamenco dancer

Am                   F            Dm                      G

She dances while his father plays guitar.  She's suddenly beautiful

   Am                 F           G

We all want something beautiful   I wish I was beautiful

        Am                 F

So come dance this silence down through the morning

Dm           G           Am        F    G

   Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, yeah!        Uh-huh...


Cut up, Maria!  Show me some of them Spanish dances

Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones

Believe in me   Help me believe in anything

'Cause I want to be someone who believes



C    F           G                             C                      F

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."

C              F               G

Smiling in the bright lights   Coming through in stereo

     C         F          G

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

you know gray is my favorite color I felt so symbolic yesterday

If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play


CHORUS:  [new words:]

Mr. Jones and me look into the future.  Stare at the beautiful women.

"She's looking at you.  Uh, 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

                Fm7                Am           G

I will never be lonely.  I'm never gonna be lonely.



Am                   Fm7

I want to be a lion  Everybody wants to pass as cats

Am                                   G

We all want to be big big stars, but we got different reasons for that.

Am                      Fm7

Believe in me because I don't believe in anything

    Am                               G

and I want to be someone to believe, to believe, to believe.


CHORUS:  [new words:]

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 funky

When everybody loves you, son, that's just about as funky as you can be.


CHORUS:  [new words:]

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.

C   F             G

Mr. Jones and me, we're gonna be big stars...


Back to the Songbook Index.

This page's content is copyrighted ©1977-2008 by Kristin C. Hall. Please drop me a line (via "dink (at) media (dot) mit (dot) edu") if you wish to use it or link to it or correct it! Please send comments, suggestions, fixes and general mischievious mayhem to the web diva via the above email address. (sorry, spambots have forced me to remove my automatic mail link.) Many thanks...and enjoy!

Note to lawyers and any other litigious-minded folk:
I am not trying to screw anyone out of royalties, etc. I have posted these only as a helpful resources for teachers, camp counselors and people who like to "sing along with Mitch", if you will. If you do not want your work posted to these pages, please just email me (via "dink (at) media (dot) mit (dot) edu") and I shall remove it.