Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive

by Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band

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The debut record from piano rock group Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band.

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released September 4, 2012

All songs composed by Samuel B. Lupowitz
except "Ache and Rain" by Natalie Bell & Samuel B. Lupowitz
All songs published by Kugel Music (ASCAP)
Recordings copyright © 2012 Samuel B. Lupowitz

Produced by Samuel B. Lupowitz
Basic tracks (except track 3) recorded and engineered by Jack Simons at Funisound Studios, Hadley, MA
"Ache and Rain" plus string section, horn section, and other overdubs recorded and engineered by Ned Singh & Jason Peterson with Sampson Bandes at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
Further guerilla overdubs recorded by Samuel B. Lupowitz and Josh Rollin around the Ithaca area.
Additional engineering and generous technical assistance by David "Funis" Simons

Mixed by Mark Hennessey
Mastered by Peter LaGrasse at Static Productions, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

String, brass, woodwind, and vocal arrangements by Samuel B. Lupowitz

Art design by J.P. Feenstra
Photography by Michele Fortier
Additional photography by Ned Singh, Talia Koren, and Hannah Vig

MUSICIANS:

The Ego Band:
Samuel B. Lupowitz - vocals, piano, electric piano, bass, organ
Will Gelder - guitars, bass, vocals
Jason MacDermott - drums
Josh Rollin - trumpet, accordion, keyboards, percussion, vocals

With:
Jack Simons - additional vocals, technical wizardry, Fifth Ego
Jessie Linden - pitched and unpitched percussion (tracks 2, 3, 5, 9, and 10)
Emily Eagan - flute (track 6)
J.P. Feenstra - congas (tracks 8 and 10), additional drums (track 10)
Greg Evans - tambourine (track 10)

The Small Bear Singers (backing vocals on tracks 1*, 3†, 9†, and 10)
Namarah Anjel†
Felicia Barrett*
Mandy Goldman*†
Elyse Wadsworth†
K.C. Weston†

The Super-Ego Strings (tracks 2* and 10)
Brian Schmidt - violin*
Joe D'Esposito - violin*
Erin Snedecor - cello*
Thillman Benham - cello

The Id Horns (track 7)
Jimmy Rose - trumpet
Josh Rollin - trumpet
Jeff Chilton - trombone
Alec Staples - baritone saxophone

Special thanks to:

Paula & David Simons for food, housing, studio space, and support
Will Shishmanian for traveling microphone usage
Ned, JP, Sampson, and Ithaca College Sound Recording Technology
Kevin Murphy for appearing on the cover
All the musicians, artists, family, and friends who contributed to this mammoth effort

and most importantly...
Our wonderful Kickstarter backers:
Amanda Duncan
Benjamin Tier
Jeremy A. Lupowitz
David Glietz
Natalie Buchinski
William M. Fuentes
Morgan Goldstein
Mark Hennessey
Zachary Anderson
Laura Colleluori
Robin & Jeffrey Lupowitz
Amanda Roth
Chris Kennedy
Carol Schoener
Linda Lupowitz
Judy Hennessey
Bob & Lisa Stoyko
Vickie Woodhead
Erik Johanson
Karen Johanson
Angela & Rick Miller
Ericka Smith-Schubart
Pam Kragness
Meghan McNeill
Stef Brok & Phil Yoder
Avery Carpenter
Ilene Patasnik
Romayne Keener
Amanda Goldman
Alyssa Hume
Dave Cooper
Heather Rowley
Elizabeth Bleicher
Mary Rose Feldman
Claire Gleitman
Dane E. Kragness
Lester Koh
Alex Brubaker
JP Feenstra
Jordan DeLong
Claude Rollin
Matt Goldman & Ann Pearson
And a few other generous souls who wish to remain anonymous.

You made this record release possible!

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Samuel B. Lupowitz Ithaca, New York

Musician, composer, arranger, food enthusiast, and bad pun aficionado. Rock and soul revivalism with elements of jazz, blues, and Americana.

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Track Name: Care of You
I'll have my friends
And you'll have yours
And sometimes we'll hate them

You'll roll your eyes at me
And I'll dread the chores
But we've got plans laid out and we'll consummate them

I will not worship the ground you walk on
But I will cherish you, baby
I could take care of you
What do you say?
Give me a try

The day may come
When you outgrow me
And you'll say goodbye

But as long as you have
Some more secrets to show me
I'll have a lust to make St. Peter cry

We've always conjured our own little world
I prefer to reality, baby
I could take care of you
But no more than you'd want me to
What do you say?
Give me a try

You changed my life
For better or worse
And I can't promise sense
And things won't go as planned
Eternal fidelity's quite a demand
But you...
You make me shine

You've got the most beautiful smile that I've ever
Seen, I mean anywhere, baby
I could take care of you
But no more than you'd want me to
What do you say?
Give me a smile
Give me a try
Track Name: Mecca Song
I've never been here before
I've never been to this place
But since we both got our sleep
We took a leap
Into a search for Mecca

We made a dozen wrong turns
But the p'licemen set us right
Despite our tourist aura
We walked too far
Not to stop traffic briefly
For reasons chiefly contrite

So now the mystery's over
The only word is sublime
All we need
Is time
All we need is time

This road leads back through the years
Atrophy’s deaf to your pleas
But friend, it gives me a chill
Knowing it's still
Birthplace of all our fantasies

And maybe Mecca's not dead
And maybe we've blessed our lives
'Cos we had nothing to lose
I took off my shoes
And we stopped traffic briefly
So our graffiti survives

And now the mystery's over
And we're in heaven above
All we need
Is love
All we need is love
Track Name: Ache and Rain
We lived in days of ache and rain
Hung lavender to calm the stench
Of stagnant air and rotting wood

We lived in days of ache and rain
Your body wrapped in mine each night
To calm the rheumatism in our bones

I whispered prayers to sustain my mind
You drank whiskey to do the same
And we lived in days
Of ache
And rain

We dried socks on the fireplace
(Which crackled like the radio)
We caught the drips on china plates

We missed the thumping of our feet
Kicking off the sole-packed dust
And one evening you said to me:

"I whisper prayers to sustain my mind
You drink whiskey to do the same
And so we live in days
Of ache
And rain"

That night you took your shotgun to the barn
And I knitted before I left to find your body
When I came in you sat crying in the hay
Your shotgun had been ruined by the rain

We whispered prayers to sustain our minds
And drank whiskey to do the same
And so we lived in days
We lived in days
We lived in days of ache
And rain.
Track Name: The Chump and the Child
You see, insanity, as defined by Albert Einstein
Is expecting different results from the same application
So I'll put this mildly and be as sensitive as I can:
You're in line to come out the biggest sap in the nation

'Cos fool you once, shame on them, fool you thrice, shame on everyone
How many tired expressions do I have to throw at you?

Oh no no, don't go down that road again
You're the chump and the child that you always used to be
Used to think that you could fix it
Be more realistic now
Oh no, don't go down, don't go down

Maybe you hope a grand romantic conflict's what you need
Because your life of cool contentment can no longer please you
I think you need a reminder that you're only human, too
And there are countries where government cronies can jump out and seize you

And fool you once, shame on her, fool you thrice, shame on everyone
Perhaps I'm not the best example, but do as I say not as I do

Oh no no, don't go down that road again
You're the chump and the child that you always used to be
Used to think that you could fix it
Be more realistic now
No, don't go down, don't go down

I know you're fighting for your hurt
I know you want this to your core
But your pride is eating you inside
You denied -- or you tried -- but you just can't hide it from me
I can see 'cos I've been there before
And I can tell you, don't go

Don't go down that road again
You're the chump and the child that I always used to be
Used to pray the Lord would fix it
Honey, settle for another lover now
Don't go down, don't go down
Track Name: Alex Goes to Spain
Alejandro isn't on the radio today
He's escaping from the cold northeast USA

Alejandro's going off to Spain for now, to stay
He's boarding a big white jet
And letting his friends forget
About the dirty jokes he told before he went away

So Alex, take your time and soak it in
A siesta and a discoteca may not replace Cuban cigars and beer
Your time zone's gonna change and so is your mind, but Alex, my friend
Don't forget we'll be waiting for you back here

Lady Gaga isn't on the radio today
Not where Alex is, learning fast the Sevilla way

Alejandro's just the way to say his name in Spain
And I owed him a bit of verse
And melody he'll rehearse
When I find away to fit in one more refrain

So Alex, take your time and soak it in
A siesta and a discoteca may not replace Cuban cigars and beer
Your time zone's gonna change and so is your heart, but Alex, my friend
Don't forget we'll be waiting for you back here
Don’t forget we’ll be waiting for you back here
Don’t forget we’ll be waiting for you back here
Track Name: Queen of Soul
Ankles stretching on the dashboard in the dark
Three lane highway, hours 'til we park
It tastes so sweet
You and me in the front seat
And since our mission is complete
We're kindred spirits sailing home
For now, you nod
Corinne comes on the iPod
It must be the voice of God
That makes my spirit whole
Or at least the Queen of Soul

And I hear your voice
Sultry and strong
I have been waiting for this
For so long
I hold your hand
Hoping you care
I have been waiting for you

Fingers sliding down your cheek and chin
Goals colliding and I hope I win
'Cos it's a game
I think the rules are not the same
Though I have rekindled this flame
With you again and again
And if before
You caught my mixed metaphor
I hope you won't walk to the door
Perhaps this time you'll stay
Though before I pushed and you pulled away

Now I hear your voice
Sultry and strong
I have been waiting for this
For so long
I hold your hand
Knowing you care
I have been waiting ...

We're nearly there
The world is cold, cruel and unfair
As we decelerate, your hair
Rejects your updo for my
Face
I slip into a state of grace
And somewhere out in time and space
I'm back where I belong
The saplings of another song

And I hear your voice
Sultry and strong
I have been waiting for this
For so long
I hold your hand
Hoping you care
I have been waiting for you...
Track Name: Face to Face
I'm known for making wild vows
And laying out grand plans
That push a bit too hard a bit too soon

You're known to bullshit with the best
In several foreign tongues
At once
Without batting an eye

I always need a reason
I get lonely and need some company
I always need a reason
To forgive and forget
Open up and admit
What I want

Let's stay face to face
I'll tell you truths and you will tell me secrets
Let's stay face to face
Just for now

I've played this game enough to know
To make disclaimers for myself
So: I cry at the drop of hats

You show your faith in me
With constant consolation
And a touch
Of adoration I love

I always need a reason
I get lonely and need some time for me
I always need a reason
To make old bonds and new
And find debts to accrue
For the years

Let's stay face to face
I'll give you dreams, you'll give me courage
Let's stay face to face
Just for now

I've learned to back away sometimes
And to accept that people change
So maybe we'll endure
Or maybe we will fade
And only pop up through the years
To see if we've each made the grade
There's no way to tell
Relationships are bloody hell
What marvelous insight!
But it's all we have, for tonight

So let's stay face to face
I'll give you thoughts, you'll give me musings
Let's stay face to face
You and me
Track Name: Spilling Down All Over the Place
Every time I see that face
It lulls me to a simple place
Like home
Neurotic, but like home

It's too good to be true
The many "you"s inside of you
Confuse and hypnotize me through
The bone
To make like Romans when in Rome

Should we worry about my pride?
I know I hold on to it tightly
What on earth will I decide?

Well I'm tired of being a good man
Who submits to a wicked voice
And I'm tired of being the only one
Who can't bear a forbidden choice
And I'm tired of looking for answers
And I'm tired of saving face
And I'm spilling down, down, down all over the place

How could I commit to one
Who sucks the poison just for fun
My dear?
You're indefensible, my dear

How can you have the nerve?
You know I'll fight for what you deserve
When you come crawling I will be
Sincere
But I'll see toxins in each tear

Who should worry about the loss
Now that I see you on the other side
Of a line I'll never cross?

Well I'm tired of being a good man
Who submits to a wicked voice
And I'm tired of being the only one
Who can't bear a forbidden choice
I'm tired of agonizing
Because I just want to be free
But I'm also tired of breaking down
To what I said I'd never be
And I'm tired of looking for answers
And I'm tired of saving face
And I'm spilling down, down, down all over the place

I will hold onto you
And show you what you are
Is good enough for me
Can't it be good enough for you?

Well I'm tired of being a good man
Who submits to a wicked voice
And I'm tired of being the only one
Who can't bear a forbidden choice
I'm tired of agonizing
Because I just want to be free
But I'm also tired of breaking down
To what I said I'd never be
And I'm tired of trying to rise above
When you're killing yourself while you're showing me love
And I'm tired of looking for answers
And I'm tired of saving face
And I'm spilling down, down, down all over the place
Track Name: Big Ohio Bed
Out-of-left-field lady
Invader of my thought
I won't say I've never known because I hadn't been alone
But now I'm caught

You wound me up so tight
My patience nearly bled
You understand my elation from an hour's conversation
From your big Ohio bed

It was a cold white winter
But you can see the stars tonight
A chance for human insulation while we spy a constellation
By candlelight

If you bring the guitar
I'll bring the wine
Me a one-time loner, you a hardcore stoner
With a penchant for Rodgers and Hammerstein

People moving fast, rushing past our periphery
Outside of the library
Stimulating your ADD
Still, you take the time to open your mind to my insecurity
At that moment you
Your linguistic superiority
And your big brown eyes are all that I see

Oh, maybe I'm not lost
Help me make a stand
Cover me in all your sweetness
As long as you can

Out-of-left-field lady
Invader of my thought
I won't say I've never known because I hadn't been alone
But now I'm caught

You wound me up so tight
My patience nearly bled
You understand my elation from an hour's conversation
From your big Ohio bed

People moving fast, rushing past our periphery
Outside of the library
Stimulating your ADD
Still, you take the time to open your mind to my insecurity
At that moment you
Your linguistic superiority
And your big brown eyes are all that I see

Oh, maybe I'm not lost
Help me make a stand
Cover me in all your sweetness
As long as you can

Oh, maybe I'm not lost
Help me make a stand
Cover me in all your sweetness
As long as you can
Track Name: Verses and Choruses
They applaud, oh and how they scream
Any spotlight chaser's dream
The way they latch on every line

But since I first heard your word
I went too far to be heard
Every note to make you mine

And my fear of living in your past tense
All the hearsay made no sense
So removed from the life we used to know
Now you must go

And every time I play that song women throw themselves at me
But I can't stop thinking of you
All the verses and choruses we've been through
Yes, every time I play that song
A thousand lovestruck voices sing along
But my song never could make you stay

Now it ends with one more familiar phrase
"We must go our separate ways"
No more questions to pull apart

But if you start wearing thin
That's the one and only sin
That would truly break my heart

When you leave, I ask one thing to be true:
See yourself as I see you
You are beautiful just as you are
And I won't be far

Anytime I play that song and women throw themselves at me
But I can't stop thinking of you
All the verses and choruses we've been through
Yes, every time I play that song
A thousand lovestruck voices sing along
But my song never could make you stay

Every time I play that song women throw themselves at me
But I can't stop thinking of you
All the verses and choruses we've been through
Every time those notes gave sweet caress
Oh, if they only knew my bitterness
That my song never could make you stay