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Live at Pinkpop

Counting Crows
Mr. Jones

Pinkpop, Landgraaf, The Netherlands, 2008

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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
You know she dances while his father plays guitar
She´s suddenly beautiful
We all want something beautiful
Man I wish I was beautiful
So come dance this silence down through the morning
Sha la la la la la la yeah ,ooh yeah
Cut up, Maria! C'mon, show me some of them spanish dances
And pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones
Believe in me, c'mon, help me believe in anything
Cause I wanna be someone who believes (your turn)

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 this bright lights, coming through in stereo
When everybody loves you, hey, she can never be lonely
Well but I wanna paint my picture
I can 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 get so confused everyday
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 all 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
Yeah I wanna be a lion
Everybody wants to pass as cats
We wanna be big stars, we get so fucked up about that
Believe in me, even though I don´t believe in anything
and I want to be someone to believe

Mr. Jones and me stumbling through the barrio
Stare at all beautiful women
She´s perfect for you, man, there´s got to be a girl for me
I don't want to be Bob Dylan
Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky
You know, when everybody loves you
that´s just about as funky as you can be
Mr. Jones and me staring at the video
When I look at my television
I want to see me just staring right back at me
We wanna be big stars, we don´t know why, 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, gonna be big stars!


Rock band Counting Crows from Berkeley, California, started as an acoustic duo with singer Adam Duritz and guitarist Dave Bryson, grew to a five piece band with new additions on bass, drums, and keyboards, and produced August and Everything After in 1993. This album featured their signature song Mr. Jones which turned their debut album into a massive hit and landed the band on tour with the Rolling Stones.
Success came with a price. Singer Duritz suffered one of his nervous breakdowns, drummer Steve Bowman left the group, and the band only played two gigs in all of 1995.
More albums followed, with a markedly darker sound than the first, and the band lineup around Duritz and Bryson changed frequently.
In 2004 Accidentally in Love appeared on the soundtrack of Shrek 2 and the band regained the lighter note of its early songs.

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