Me And Mrs. Jones

Album: 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (1972)
Charted: 12 1
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  • Me and Mrs. Jones
    We got a thing, goin' on
    We both know that it's wrong
    But it's much too strong
    To let it go now

    We meet every day at the same cafe
    Six-thirty and no one knows she'll be there
    Holding hands, making all kinds of plans
    While the juke box plays our favorite songs

    Me and Mrs., Mrs. Jones (Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones)
    We got a thing, goin' on
    We both know that it's wrong
    But it's much too strong
    To let it go now

    We gotta be extra careful
    That do we don't build our hopes up too high
    Because she's got her own obligations
    And so, and so, do I

    Me and Mrs., Mrs. Jones (Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones)
    We got a thing, goin' on
    We both know that it's wrong
    But it's much too strong
    To let it go now

    Well, it's time for us to be leaving
    It hurts so much, it hurts so much inside
    Now she'll go her way and I'll go mine
    Tomorrow we'll meet
    The same place, the same time

    Me and Mrs. Jones
    We got a thing goin' on
    We gotta be extra careful
    We can't afford to build our hopes up too high
    I wanna meet and talk with you
    At the same place, the same cafe, the same time
    And we gonna hold hands like we used to
    We gonna talk it over, talk it over
    We know, they know, and you know what I know that it was wrong
    But our thing is strong, we gotta let 'em know now
    That we gotta thing going on, a thing going onWriter/s: CARY GRANT GILBERT, KENNETH GAMBLE, KENNY GAMBLE, LEON HUFF
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 16

  • Anne from Front Royal, VaFascinating but confusing. I am going through albums a friend of mine passed on to me years ago. Billy Paul's 360 Degrees in one of them - tattered and torn cover but the vinyl is in excellent shape. On the cover is handwritten "Mr. & Mrs. William C & Jeane Jones, Jan. 27, 1973". I would love to figure out if there is any connection to the album or just a memento by original owner. Anyone have any thoughts?
  • Richard from Columbia City, InThis song came out the exact year and month that my wife, last name Jones, started an 8 mo. affair with a co-worker. I remember the song but did not know back then how close it hit home.

    Rich, Indiana
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 6th 1973, Billy Paul performed "Me and Mrs. Jones" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier October 29th, 1972 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on December 10th it peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks) and spent 16 on the Top 100...
    And on December 3rd, 1972 it reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Won the 1973 Grammy Award for 'Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male'...
    Was track four on his fourth studio album, '360 Degrees of Billy Paul', and on December 31st, 1972 the album peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart...
    On the Top 100 it was preceded at #1 by "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy and succeeded by "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon...
    Just a little over a month ago on December 1st Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams, celebrated his 79th birthday.
  • Missywebber from Yellow Springs, Oh, OhI remember living in this town as a young girl and there was a lady by the name of Maxine Jones who we believed had dated Billy Paul while overseas (Japan?). I believe that Mrs. Maxine Jones said that this song was based on her affair with Billy Paul. She had dated many other married men, but this song was written because she was indeed having an affair and she was the Mrs. Jones....funny how you here one thing and then another.
  • Jorge from Bronx, NyEvery that came from TSOP was great In fact i have a cd,this song is in,and many others,This song came out sometime in '73?I was a kid,but had knowledge of what was about,infidelity.
  • Alberto from Roma, ItalyThis song cannot be about "Billy Paul's heroin habit", because he didn't take part in its composition (and his friends, who wrote the song, wouldn't do such a thing to him). Furthermore, "Mr. Jones" is an expression used for the ordinary man, the everyday no-one, check for istance an extreme version of this concept in the "Ballad of a thin man" by Bob Dylan, and you can find countless other examples of this use. The main character of the song, therefore, is meeting "Mrs. Jones", who represents an "unidentified" woman, or could also represent "the wife of Mr. Jones". She could be unidentified for the sake of discretion, and/or also for the character to be able to represent a sort of "universal" woman with whom all the woman listeners can identify themselves. Sorry for the not-perfect English, ciao

  • Bill from Philadelphia, PaI was told Me and Mrs Jones is actually about Billy Paul's heroin habit. The slang term for craving something is "Jones" ie.. I have a Jones for this or that.(Me and Mrs Jones we have a thing going on ie.. an addiction). He met everyday in the same cafe (for his drug dealer) 6:30 and no one knew we would be there (discrete transaction)We both know that it wrong but it's much to strong (herion's hold on him). I heard that he really does not like to perform that song because it makes him relive the most horrible time of his life. Something to make you go ummm.
  • Johnnie from Angleton, TxGreat song.Great music.Could be anyone,anyplace for any reason.Well sung.
  • Maria from Cincinnati, Ohi hear this song very much in the bar i wok in...great tune..maria
  • Stormy from Kokomo, InThis song always reminds me of the "first older woman" in my life Kathy Jeffries. Although neither of us was married at the time, she was 29 and I was 22 and I thought that she was SO sophisticated. I screwed up the relationship and I've always wondered what kind of life we would have had together. God bless Kathy Jeffries!
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Calove those echoed up strings right after the
    lyric "we've got a thiiiiiiing ...goin' on..."
    :)

  • Norrie from Paisley, ScotlandThis is an amazing song, anyone heard Peter Cox from Go West singing this? Great version, he's a great singer, think it was part of the reality tv program called "Back in the USA" or some crap like that, anyway it was a great cover.
  • Musicmama from New York, NyThis is definitely one of the most interesting songs I've heard. The lyrics describe a forbidden pleasure and hint at the naughtiness (by society's standards, anyway) of it. But there is an undertone of sadness in lines like "We've got to be extra careful/Not/To get our hopes up too high." (I used slashes to indicate pauses.) This bluesy feeling is accentuated by the pause after "not" and the violin (or some other string instrument) in the background. Also, the tone of the sax playing changes throughout the song--It starts off with the "naughty" feel but slows down into a more melancholy mood. All in all, this song is enjoyable yet more intricate than most people realize.
  • AnonymousI spent christmas holidays(1972) in fall river, massachusetts. my best friend and i traveled from walterboro,s.c.to get there. His black 1965 vw beetle broke on the way in hershey, penn., across from the chocolate factory. This is the memory i have of my first love affair with "me and mrs. Jones!" Boy...did we haue a thing going on(about 1000 miles from home!) Randy nettles from walterboro,s.c.
  • AnonymousI spent christmas holidays(1972) in fall river, massachusetts. my best friend and i traveled from walterboro,s.c.to get there. His black 1965 vw beetle broke on the way in hershey, penn., across from the chocolate factory. This was the memory i have of my first love affair with "me and mrs. Jones! Boy...did we haue a thing going on(about 1000 miles from home! Randy nettles from walterboro,s.c.
  • Ken from Trabuco Canyon, Cacheck the version of this song by hall & oates, it's pretty large
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