A lot of people thought the “Mr. Jones” in this Counting Crows hit was a reference to a character in the Bob Dylan song “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Mainly because Dylan himself is mentioned the line “I want to be Bob Dylan, Mr. Jones wishes he were someone just a little more funky.”
“Mr. Jones” is actually musician Marty Jones, a friend of lead singer Adam Duritz.
The song is taken from an actual night at the New Amsterdam bar in San Francisco. The two friends where sitting at the bar wishing they were rock stars so they would have the nerve to talk to some pretty ladies in the room.