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Counting Crows - Mr. Jones



This song is a commentary on fame. With the line, "When everybody loves me, I will never be lonely," lead signer Adam Duritz is stating - with more than a touch of sarcasm - that fame will make everything better ("never be lonely" is repeated to drive home the message: This guy is delusional). When it became the first hit for the band, Duritz was suddenly recognized all over America, which he found discomfiting. The newfound notoriety sent him into a prolonged funk; suddenly he found himself singing a song about dreaming of fame when he was quite bitter about it. With the song resonating his troubles, he came to loath singing it. Duritz stopped writing for over a year, and the Counting Crows second album, Recovering the Satellites, wasn't released until three years after their debut.


Looking back on the song Adam Duritz, he explained that even though it is foolish to think that the adulation of fame will solve your problems, it's hard to resist. Said Duritz:


"You're supposed to see through that guy: 'When everybody loves me, I'll never be lonely.' You're supposed to know that's not true. For one thing, there's no such thing as 'everybody loves me.' Nobody knows you in that case. So I knew that wasn't going to happen that way. But you still want it: you want life to be easier, you want to be a rock star so it's easier to talk to a girl. It's the same crazy person sitting there with the girl later, though. So it doesn't fix things."



Lyrics


Shalalala la la la


Uh huh



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


Shalalala la la la la, yeah


Uh huh, yeah 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, yeah



Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales


And we 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



Well, I'm gonna 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 loves me, I will never be lonely



I'll never be lonely


Said I'm never gonna be lonely



I wanna be a lion


Yeah, everybody wants to pass as cats


We all wanna be big, big stars, yeah


But we got different reasons for that


Believe in me, 'cause I don't believe in anything


And I, I wanna be someone to believe


To believe, to believe, yeah!



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 loves you, ah 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 wanna be big stars


But we don't know why, and we don't know how


But when everybody loves me


I wanna be just about as happy as I can be



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

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