New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

Sha la la la la la la la.
Uh huh.
I was down at the New Amsterdam starin' at this yellow-haired girl,
Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation with a black-haired flamenco dancer.
You know, she dances while his father plays.
And so, she's suddenly beautiful.
And we all want something beautiful.
Man, I wish I was beautiful...
So come dance the silence down through the mornin'.

Sha la la la la la la la.
Uh huh.

Cut up, Maria! Show me some of that Spanish dancin', n'
Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones.
Believe in me,
Help me believe in anything.
'Cause I wanna be someone who believes.

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 is looking at me."
Smilin' in the bright lights.
Comin' through in stereo.
When everybody loves you, you can never be lonely.

Well, I'm gon' paint my picture.
Paint myself in blue and red and black and gray.
All of the beautiful colors are very, very meaningful.
Yeah, well you know, gray is my favorite color.
I felt so symbolic yesterday.
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 the beautiful women:
"She's looking at you.
I don't think so. She's looking at me."
Standin' in the spotlight.
I bought myself a gray guitar.
When everybody loves me, I will never be lonely.
I will never be lonely.
Said I'm never gonna be lonely.

I wanna be a lion.
Eh, everybody wanna pass as cats.
We all wanna be big, big stars, yeah but, we got different reasons for that.
Believe in me 'cause I don't believe in anything,
And I wanna be someone to believe, to believe, to believe.

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

Mr. Jones and me starin' at the video.
When I look at the television I wanna see me starin' right back at me.
We all wanna be big stars, but we don't know why and we don't know how.
But when everybody loves me, I wanna be just about as happy as I can be.
Mr. Jones and me, we're gonna be big stars...

Lyrics taken from

Correct | Report

Please input the reason why these lyrics are bad:


  • c
    chadtaylorusaMay 23, 2009 at 3:23 am
    The music makes the musician and sometimes takes on a life of its own. In the case of Flamenco dancing, the music, the instrument and the dancer seem to have co-evolved- they're inseparable- a fusion of sorts. That is, the woman is the music, the dance and the instrument.

    Mr Jones, a common name, and the music have to fuse to become a rock star and win the attention of the dancer. You might think that the woman is the music who woos Mr Jones to become a musiician. But many rock stars are known only as their band name, or change their names, etc. etc. But the guitar, or the music, is able to transform the ordinary into the famous.

    One of my favorite songs- thanks to the 1800's!
  • d
    dazygrl02Nov 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm
    There is the obvious meaning of him and Mr. Jones wanting to become famous. But this song really just portrays an emotion. Wanting to acomplish your dreams even when they seem impossible. I want to be a veteranarian. Fairly impossible. It's a happyish song. I like it personally.
  • U
    UnregisteredMar 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    I think that this song is really cool because it really makes me happy when I listen to this song just to say the truth I don't really like the other songs or counting crows but this it really changed my mind about what I thought of counting crows so yeah the meaning of this song is that it tells you that you can achive any dream you like especially if you want to be famous you just have to follow the steps of your dreams and that's what really means in life. So you just have o achibe 1 thing and that's it It's all yours you can't stay saying that you can achieve nothing in life but this song shows you that you can do anything you want remember life is in your hands what you want it to be if you want to become a writer you can if that's what you want to become if you want to become a singer like me you can never think that is impossible because it isn't you may think that but again it isn't so from now on you are going to start believing in your self weather you like it or not.
    Thanks Maya.
  • c
    cupcake13Feb 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    i've always loved this song, my mother introduced me to this music but i never noticed that i grew up listening to them...just like red hot chili peppers.

    Write about your feelings and thoughts

    Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
    Min 50 words
    Not bad

    Write an explanation

    Your explanation
    Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
    10 words
    Explanation guidelines:
    • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
    • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
    • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
    Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.