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“Mr. Jones” By Counting Crows ‘Ukulele Chords

Here’s a wordy song about musical stardom with one of the most well-known strumming intros of the era.

Mr. Jones uses a clever minor progression in A minor that changes to C major for the chorus. The chords are pretty simple, just pay attention to the variation in progressions. Counting Crows aren’t all that attached to the same order every time. A down, down, up, up, down strum with heavy swing will get you the rest of the way there.

Mr. Jones By Counting Crows Ukulele ChordsMr. Jones
Counting Crows
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Intro: Am  F  Dm  G

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...
Am        F    Dm                   G
Cut up, Maria!  Show me some of them Spanish dances
Am          F            G
Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones
Am         F    Dm                 G
Believe in me.  Help me believe in anything
 Am                 F                G
'Cause I want to be someone who believes

Chorus:
C    F          G
Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales
C                      F
Stare at the beautiful women
G
"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

Am               F     Dm                 G
I will paint my picture.  Paint myself in blue and red and black and gray
Am                    F                   G
All of the beautiful colors are very, very meaningful
     Am                       F       Dm       G             
(you know) Gray is my favorite color I felt so symbolic yesterday
Am              F         G
If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play

Chorus:
C   F         G
Mr. Jones and me look into the future
C                      F
Stare at the beautiful women
G
"She's looking at you.  Uh, I don't think so.  She's looking at me."
C                   F    G
Standing in the spotlight I bought myself a gray guitar
     C         F       G                     Am
When everybody loves me, I will never be lonely

Bridge:
Am             G
I will never be lonely
             Am      G
I will never be lonely
Am                   F
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                      F
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:
C   F          G
Mr. Jones and me stumbling through the barrio
  C                            F
Yeah we stare at the beautiful women
 G
"She's perfect for you, man, there's got to be somebody for me."
C                F
I want to be Bob Dylan
   G
Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky
     C        F              G
When everybody loves you, son, that's just about as funky as you can be.
C    F        G
Mr. Jones and me staring at the video
 C                     F                 G
When I look at the television, I want to see me staring right back at me.
C                      F                       G
We all want to be big stars, but we don't know why, and we don't know how.
   C               F                     G
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.....