"Mr. Jones" as written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and Angel Fernandez....
Me. Jones
Put a wiggle in your stride
Loosen up
I believe he'll be alright
Changing clothes
Now he's got ventilated slacks
Bouncing off the walls
Mr. Jones is back!

Bulge out
And wind your waist
Tight pants
Got curly hair
Drinking cold beer
From metal cans
Moonshine
And Handi-Wipes!

Mr. Jones is back in town
It's his lucky day
Hold up your hands and shout
Jones is on his way
Pitter pat
Mr. Jones is back in town
Aces high
Now his pants are falling down

He looks so fine
In those patent leather shoes
Mr. Jones, you look tired
I believe you'll be alright
Sales men
Conventioneers
Some rock stars
With tambourines
Short skirts

And skinny legs
Selling bibles
And real estate
It's a big day for Mr. Jones
He is not so square
Mr. Jones will stick around
He's everybody's friend
Fast cars
And motorbikes

I'm sure glad
He's on our side
The Jones Gang
Down at the bar
Watch out, this time
They've gone too far
They call for Mr. Jones

They put him in charge
Mr. Jones will help us out
He's a lucky guy
It is Mr. Jones' Birthday party
For another year
In his hotel room Party favors
It's a holiday


Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery, edited by Peaches448

"Mr Jones" as written by Chris Frantz Angel Fernandez

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    General CommentFantastic song!
    I can't for the life of my think what it's actually about though.

    Any suggestions?
    scarletspeedon April 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is uncanny how much this song sounds like it could have been done by "They Might Be Giants." sort of like when Peter Paul and Mary did "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" and deliberately tried to sound like the Mamas and the Papas. Only, I doubt the Talking Heads were emulating TMBG, they weren't very big at the time.

    But the tongue-in-cheek humor, both lyrical and musical. And the nonsensicalness of the whole enterprise. And even starting a title with "Mister". Geez, how many times did TMBG do that?

    The whole album "Blind" for that matter.
    Zorro3on January 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttom jones, anyone?
    furpajamason August 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Cold beer... from metal cans." Does Byrne sound exactly like Robin Williams when he says that or what?
    Zorro3on January 25, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationMr. Jones is a very average guy, living a very average life. Even his name is pretty average. Yet every now and again he gets the chance to go out of town, and when he does, and he's surrounded by strangers in a place where nobody knows him and his averageness, he has a chance to see himself as he wants to be seen--as somebody special; a cool, suave, in-demand kind of guy who is adored, admired, needed, and celebrated. You want to cheer on this Walter Mitty-type character as he's strutting his stuff, but at the same time feel kind of embarrassed for his self-delusion.
    Peaches448on September 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentOK, guys.

    "You walk into the room and you ask where it is
    Somebody points to you, and says it's his
    And you say, what's mien? And someone else says, well, what is?
    And you say "impossible" as he hands you the bone.
    Something's going on, and you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?"
    -Bob Dylan. 1965. Ballad of a Thin Man. From Highway '61.

    Very big song/album, Byrne definitely knew it. That's where Mr. Jones came from. The symbol of the "square" outsider in the 60s completely perplexed by the hip, "cool" people doing drugs and left out. Byrne was writing these words in the 80s, when the script had flipped and all the rich fat cats were the ones doing the coke, fast cars, motorbikes, spending money like water . .. Byrne was part of that scene. And saw that, in the 80s, square values were cool again and Mr. jones was now the ideal - just make money,spend it, party, don't think. They put him in charge. Dylan's uncool outsider was the new insider. I think it's a reply.
    nathan1149on December 04, 2015   Link
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    General CommentCould it be about Jim Jones? The Vegas references would indicate that Tom Jones is the best option but something about some of these lyrics especially the last two lines makes me think the meaning is darker....just a thought though
    guertin11on May 23, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI always felt Mr Jones was sort of a soft British colonial type who lucked into the sweet spot of being relatively wealthy in a relatively non violent/contentious locale
    joe1010257on October 03, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Alex Jones, the host of "InfoWars".

    (obviously)

    infowars.com/
    NomadMonadon March 08, 2017   Link

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