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Seal Beach, CA

Biography

Bob Koch is a singer/songwriter from Southern California.  He is inspired by all the great rock, blues and folk songwriters that tell meaningful, relatable stories.

DISCOGRAPHY

Discography

Album – This Heart Of Mine

Songs:

This Heart Of Mine
Southbound Train
Living Between The Lines
Words
Keepsake
Up To You
Empty Branches
Look At Me
Fair Trade
One Seat Away
Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

Lyric Sheet

This Heart of Mine

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, Keyboards, Harmonica

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion

He arrived at Ellis Island

With a wife and a heart of fire

Some loose change in his pocket

Hopes were running wild

He had the courage to leave his homeland

On a young man’s dreams he’d ride

Worth all the risk and sacrifice

Trying to make a better life

He deeply loved his woman

And soon the kids would come

Didn’t speak the language

Workday never done

As a boy I remember

All the time we’d share

I would listen to this old man

Broken English from his chair

The years went by

He’d tell me with a smile

Memories fade with time 

But it won’t change this heart of mine  

I never gave in boy 

I didn’t stop trying

I listened every single day

To this heart of mine

Though the body may break down             

There’s still some precious time                 

And it’s still beating like the day I was born     

This heart of mine

I never could tell

He never did say

If all his dreams came true

but tomorrow’s another day

Best to forget

What slips out of your hand

See a mountain

In every grain of sand

So when I feel the thunder

Get caught in the rain

I sometimes hear his voice

Brightens up my way

Cuz the years just keep on flying by

Scary where they go

What I took for granted

I now want a little more

But I won’t get caught

I’m a witness, I’ve been taught  

That memories fade with time 

But it won’t change this heart of mine

 

 

Southbound Train 

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Banjo, Dobro, Bass, Accordion

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

Doc Heap – Guitar

Going away you can find me

Looking out a window on a southbound train

A one-way ticket will do just fine

I don’t think I’m coming back here again

Sunshine peaking in after a summer rain

What was down has been chased away

On a southbound train

What I lost is found rolling down

These tracks just south of Point Loma

With some luck the end of the line

Will be somewhere just over the border

Sunshine peaking in after a summer rain

What was down has been chased away

On a southbound train

There’s nothing to hide from

It’s a clean break

No one to hurt, to blame or to hate

On a southbound train

Every time this train slows down

To a place I’ve never been before

I wonder if I should try my luck

I wonder if this is one I should ignore

But as I look out the window

I see the world flying by

I want all the answers

But I know I’ll be denied

I reach back and I find the map

That shows me where I may arrive

On a southbound train

My mind is as cool as this wind at my back

Lord I want to thank you for showing me where heavens at

On a southbound train

Living Between The Lines

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Bass, String Arrangement, Background Vocals

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

I’m never too high or low

Been taught sir that’s the way to go

Look me in the eyes

That’s the way to get inside

If you want to find me

I’m living between the lines

I’m never too high or low

Just a clue I thought you should know

You seem lost there in the clouds

Good fortune can quiet other sounds

How could you ever find me?

Living between the lines

Step up to the line

No need to cross I’m doing fine

Just once I want you to see me

Living between the lines

Sometimes it gets lonely

Living between the lines

I’m never too high or low

Trouble waits too far below

Way above the line

Each breath just means you’re buying time

That’s why you will find me

Living between the lines

I’m just trying to survive here

Living between the lines

Words

Bob Koch – Guitars, Harmonica, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Ukulele

If words could change the things I know are so

I’d use all words that I have come to know

I’d use a word that wipes out any blame

I’d use a word that takes away the pain

A word that rhyme’s and opens up the mind

The past is past the present keeps no time

Chorus

But why can’t I make heads or tails of this?

I use the words that I think would fit

You say it’s not what I say but how I say it

So for all I got done under the sun

If only I wouldn’t a tripped up on my tongue

They’re just words

They’re just words

If words could change the things I know are so

I’d use all words that I have come to know

I’d use a word that changes the way you see

Who I am and what’s inside of me

I’d use a word that frees my inner charm

One that brings you back into my arms

I’d use a word like magic it would be

If a word could make you fall in love with me

Keepsake

Bob Koch – Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Piano, Keyboards, String Arrangement

I saved a little keepsake

Years ago before we had it all

I found it by accident

Way up high on an empty bedroom shelf

In a room I rarely go in

In a house that’s too big for myself

When I found this little keepsake

An empty room seemed to crowd right up

The picture told a story

Spirit of youthful foolishness

and words can lose their meaning

Like the faded ink she scribbled on the back

On a count of three your supposed to smile

But she blinked like when I asked her not to go

If a keepsake tells a story

Safe to say some are better left untold

That little keepsakes in the trash

Didn’t take up much room but is better where it’s at

Letting go is always best

I didn’t get this far only to go back

I hear the second-hand ticking on my kitchen wall

It’s wired to move forward

There’s no moving it back at all

I left that house a while ago

Roots grow only as deep as what’s in your heart

That keepsake told a story

With an ending that would be where I’d start

This road I’m on got wider

It holds my weight and I can spread my wings

There’s plenty of room at my side

For whatever you might want to bring

That little keepsakes in the trash

Didn’t take up much room but it got me where I’m at

Letting go is always best

I didn’t get this far only to go back

Up to You

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals 

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

It seems every day there are choices to make many things to decide

I’m beginning to think it’s better to just go along for the ride

If you are willing to meet in the middle I’ll be so obliged

If you’re up to the task I’m ready ask and give this a try

It’s easy to get caught in thinking there’s only one way to go

When you arrive it’s easy to see how little you know

So if I give you the keys and leave this all be will you lead me on home

There’s a light shining bright a friend in the night this weights off my bones

Chorus

I’m leaving it up to you

I’m leaving it up to you

Will you open my eyes to things I never knew

I’m leaving it up to you

Bridge

Just once I want to breathe

So deep so light I’m floating on air

And like a feather I slowly fall to your feet

And this weight it’s off of me

The time that we have the ego expands a need to control

But to look through the eyes of another is easy as letting go

So just for this moment in you I entrust help me to see

I’ll take back the ball when your weary for now I’m free to…

Empty Branches

Bob Koch – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Baritone Guitar, Background Vocals 

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

Sammy was a quiet man

Just like April’s type 

They met on a cold damp winter day

Married under stars on a warm September night

Sammy worked with his two hands

April an odd job or two

Money was always tight

Lived week to week in a one bed motel room

Chorus

You have me, I have you too

Let’s bury what makes us broken in our rear view

With you I’m lost in the clouds

Gone are all my doubts

We’ll figure it out

First son was a bit of a surprise

Second way past due

One would take granddaddy’s name

Not blood but the father April never knew

The system would be Sammy’s home

From the age of two

Empty branches on a family tree

So the second son would be a Sammy too

Chorus

I can’t say I know myself

Cuz what’s running in my veins makes me blind

I don’t know if I’ll find myself

But I come closet when I see my reflection in your eyes

Time goes by and when it hits you

It’s like your stuck holding a bag

For years and years spent wondering

When you’d wake to things you wish you would have had

And now we’re fading into night

But you still light up my days

I hear our first son’s little baby cry

Empty branches grown into full bloom

Look At Me

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Bass, Background Vocals

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

I guess I can wait forever

It’s easy when you have no choice

The good thing about waiting forever

Is that what went wrong gets lost in the noise

If you were to call me tomorrow

I wonder if I’d know your voice

For me to be free of this sorrow

I’d go where ever you are

Chorus

Look at me

Just Look at me

Time can heal where we have disagreed

Cuz there’s more to us than what separates

If not today I guess I have to wait

But it’s a simply place for us to start

Just look at me

Look at me

I guess I can find some reason

For why you wanna distance yourself

But you never found faith in my judgement

Now there’s a wall where a bridge needs to be built

Oh I’ll build it with my two hands

With wisdom of what I could have done better

I’ll cross it and meet you where you stand

Please see me son for what I am

Chorus

Bridge

Come on boy

What are you waiting for

Open on up

Time is getting short

And I feel like I’m just buying mine

And the days just keep rolling on by

There’s a problem with waiting forever

I never thought I’d have to say

that I hope someday we’ll come clean

and it won’t be in my final days

Look at me

Just Look at me

Time can heal where we have disagreed

It’s a short walk to my front door

It’s been wide open for you my boy

Now let’s sit down and talk a while

Cuz there’s more to us than what separates

The past is best to just throw away

And it’s a simply place for us to start

Look at me

Fair Trade

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Background Vocals

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

Aubrey Richmond – Violin

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

I’m gonna finally let go of the things that I own

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

There’s a time when the things you desire are things you ignore

It’s like you’re running away from a light in an open door

There’s a time when you wake to the things you been looking for

So I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

It don’t make you rich and it don’t make you poor

I’m gonna to find me a fair trade I know

I can see in your eyes that you think I’ve lost my nerve

And running the rat race for you is how I am to serve

Beware you get lost in the things that are of this world

So I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

I’m gonna finally let go of the things that I own

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

I want to feel the sun on my face

I want to hear the wind in my ears

I want you close, want you right by my side

I’m gonna fly

Find me a fair trade I know

I’m gonna find me a fair trade I know

Cuz it won’t buy you happiness that much for sure

I’m gonna to find me a fair trade I know

One Seat Away

Bob Koch – Vocals

Jonathan Clark – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals

Rich Mangicaro – Drums, Percussion

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

I boarded a plane

Like any old day

I took my seat, headed home

I started to read

Excuse me sir

But if you don’t mind

I don’t fly too often the window

Let’s me look outside

She looked my way

I was out of her league

But tonight with some luck  

The seat that’s between may stay free

Chorus

She was one seat away

Just one seat away

Might as well be an ocean today

One seat away

Just one seat away

Maybe some other time, not for me to say

She told me her name

I got lost in her eyes

It’s like I been there before

Need some courage to walk through the door

We talked till we landed

The hours went fast

She asked about my book

She said maybe that’s why we had met

Chorus

Just like that a broken heart finds its beat again

We walked off the plane

I hoped for a sign

So nice to meet you, I wish you the best

The pleasures all mine

Went on our way

But as she walked down the stairs

She looked back I followed her

I took a chance holding my breath

Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

Bob Koch – Guitar, Vocal

Jonathan Clark – Guitar, String Arrangement, Keyboard

Christi Clark – Background Vocals

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