About

Artist Name

Bob Koch

Genres

Acoustic

Location

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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