Sorti comme le premier single de l’album August and Everything After le 1er décembre 1993, la chanson Mr. Jones est le premier tube radiophonique de Counting Crows.

I was down at the New Amsterdam
Staring at this yellow-haired girl
Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation
With a black-haired flamenco dancer

You know she dances while his father plays guitar
She’s suddenly beautiful
And we all want something beautiful
Man, I wish I was beautiful

So come dance this silence down through the morning

Cut up, Maria!
Show me some of them Spanish dances
And pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones

Believe in me
Help me believe in anything
‘Cause I wanna be someone who believes

Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales
And we stare at the beautiful women
« She’s looking at you. Oh, no, no, she’s looking at me. »

Smiling in the bright lights
Coming through in stereo
When everybody love you,
You can never be lonely

Well, I’mma paint my picture
Paint myself in blue and red and black and gray
All of the beautiful colors are very-very meaningful

Yeah well 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

Mr. Jones and me look into the future
Yeah we 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 love me,
I will never be lonely

I will never be lonely
Said I’m never gonna be lonely,

I wanna be a lion
Everybody wanna pass as cats
We all want to be big big stars,
But we got different reasons for that

Believe in me
‘Cause I don’t believe in anything
And I wanna be someone to believe, to believe, 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 wanna be Bob Dylan
Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky
When everybody love you,
Oh, 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 wanna 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 love me,
I wanna be just about as happy as I can be

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

Voici les membres de Counting Crows :

Les membres actuels
• Jim Bogios – batterie (depuis 2002)
• David Bryson – guitare rythmique, chœurs (1991 à ce jour)
• Adam Duritz – chant, claviers (depuis 1991)
• Charlie Gillingham – claviers, accordéon, clarinette, choeurs (depuis 1991)
• David Immerglück – guitares, basse, guitare à pédales en acier, banjo, mandoline, choeurs (de 1999 à aujourd’hui, membre de la session 1993-1999)
• Millard Powers – basse, guitare rythmique, chœurs (2005-présent)
• Dan Vickrey – guitare solo, banjo, choeurs (depuis 1994)

Anciens membres
• Steve Bowman – batterie (1991–1994)
• Matt Malley – basse, guitare rythmique, claviers, chœurs (1991-2005)
• Ben Mize – batterie (1994-2002)

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