Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive

by Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band

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1.
Care of You 03:06
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
2.
Mecca Song 04:05
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
3.
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.
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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...
7.
Face to Face 02:29
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
8.
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
9.
Big Ohio Bed 04:04
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
10.
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

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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.

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