mentioned, there's been a lot of speculation about who or what
Mr. Jones might refer to. Adam Duritz
himself answered this question
in part of the VH1 Storytellers
show which was left out of
Across a Wire
for reasons of CD space:
"I have heard everything from it being about some ancient blues man who
taught me to play music, which is completely ridiculous (but like somebody's
movie fantasy). And I've also heard it's about my dick, which is even more
ridiculous. Why do people go there, you know?
When we did the interview for "Rolling Stone" I walked with David
Wilde into the Musée d'Orsay in Paris one day and the first thing that
happened was these two kids ran up to us and said, "Hey! You're the guy
from Counting Crows, right?" And I said, "yeah." And he said,
"Is Mr. Jones about your dick?" I wanted to kill the guy because
I knew where that was going to end up, which is the first paragraph of the
article in "Rolling Stone."
It's really a song about my friend Marty and I."
"Marty" here refers to Marty Jones, a bass player for
Sordid Humor and The Himalayans - both bands with which Adam Duritz had
played before joining the Counting Crows.
With thanks to Two Sheds for pointers and corrections.