Mr Jones Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Mr Jones chord chart by the Counting Crows. This is a super fun song to play and makes you feel like you are really playing the guitar. The song uses two different strumming patterns. One for the verse and one for the chorus. There is some syncopation in this song which means we are not always changing the chords on the down beat and sometimes we are not strumming on the down beat.

The chord change on the "and" of 4 in the Verse (see below)

If you can't do an F barre chord you can always play the Fmaj7 chord below.


Mr Jones Guitar Chords:

Mr Jones Strumming Patterns:

Verse Strumming:
Am               F                     Dm
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D   D   D U DU   D   D   DU DU

Chorus Strumming:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D   DU    U DU

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Mr Jones Guitar Lesson:

Mr Jones Chord Chart:


Am F Dm G Am F  G G  

Am                                       F                      Dm                     G
I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this yellow-haired girl
          Am                                          F                              G                         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                               G
We all want something beautiful, I wish I was beautiful

                    Am                                F                               Dm           G                        Am     F         G    G
So come dance this silence down through the morning Sha la la la la la la la  yeah huh...
     Am        F         Dm                                            G
Cut up, Maria!  Show me some of them Spanish dances
  Am              F                    G  G        Am        F       Dm                               G
Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones   Believe in me.  Help me believe in anything
           Am                        F                G                      G
'Cause I want to be someone who believes who believes yea

C        F                       G                           G                   C                                       F
Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales Stare at the beautiful women
G                                               G
"She's looking at you.  Ah, no, no, she's looking at me."
     C                        F                      G                                  G
Smiling in the bright lights, coming through in stereo
                  C                 F                 G                               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                       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                        G
If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play

C        F                         G                     G
Mr. Jones and me, look into the future
                     C                                      F
yeah we stare at the beautiful women
              G                                               G
"She's looking at you. Uh, I don't think so. She's looking at me.
C                                         F                 G                            G
me" Standing in the spotlight, I bought myself a gray guitar
               C                  F               G                           G             Am (strumg and hold)
When everybody lo-ves me, I will never be lo-one-ly

Bridge: You can strum each chord once
                               F                          Am                    G
I will never be lonely I'm never gonna 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  (strum again)         G
And I want to be someone to believe, to believe, to believe.

C        F                           G                                       G
Mr. Jones and me, stumbling through the barrio
                     C                                      F
Yeah we stare at the beautiful women
              G                                                   G
"She's perfect for you, man, there's got to be somebody for
C                                         F
me "I want to be Bob Dylan
         G                                                         G
Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky
                C                   F                     G                                              G
When everybody loves you, ah son, that's just about as funky as you can be.

C       F                           G                        G
Mr. Jones and me, staring at the video
                 C                         F                            G              G
When I look at the television, I want to see me staring right back at me.
C                                  F                               G                                             G
We all want to be big stars, but we don't know why, and we don't know how.
                      C                    F                                     G                                 G
But when everybody loves me, I'm going to be just about as happy as I can be.
C       F                                G  (strum and hold)
Mr. Jones and me, we're gonna be big stars.....

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