The Bischoffs LP

by The Bischoffs

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released 18 February 2013

DAVID HEATLEY guitar, lead vocals. AARON WOLFE guitar, BG vocals, recorder on "Moonbeam." AMIT WEHLE desk, BG vocals. JACOB WHITE BG vocals, tap dancing on "You Can Die Alone."

Produced by Jeff Lipstein.

All songs written by David Heatley. ©2013 all rights reserved. All songs arranged and performed by The Bischoffs and Jeff Lipstein. Recorded and mixed by Matt Malikowski at Dimension Sound Studios (Boston). Additional recording by Emmett Farley at WonderSound Studios (NYC) and by Jeff Lipstein at Moses Lipstein-Bell Studios (NYC). Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering.

GUEST MUSICIANS:

Jeff Lipstein: Additional percussion on all tracks. Keyboards and synthesizers on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11. Piano on 3, 4, 8 and 12. Guitar on 7. Beat programming on 2, 3, 4, 8 and 11. String arrangements on 10, 11, 12. Horn arrangements on 7, 8, 11. Glockenspiel on 4.

Pete Galub: Additional electric guitar on 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 13. Dana Lyn: Violin on 2, 11 and 13. Dave Sewelson: Baritone saxon 8 and 11. Carla Fabiani: Viola on 11. Clara Kennedy: Cello on 12. Laura Cortese: Violin and Viola on 10. Ariel Friedman: Cello on 10. Dietrich Strause: Cornet on 7.

“Doo-Wop Don’t Stop” is an interpretation of the Sesame Street song “Do-Op Hop” by Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles. Published by Splotched Animal Music, 1984. Sesame Street Inc.

Artwork and CD design by David Heatley. Fat shout out to Teaneck, NJ, the other Bischoff’s, Rebecca, Maya and Sam, Pete Heat, Forest Gamble, Ra LaMotta, Dana Diaz-Tutaan, Dasi and the Wehle family, Naomi Azar, Amalia Wolfe, Jesse Wolfe, John Wolfe, Judy Wolberg, Jennifer Spitzer, Jim and Eileen White, Franklin Bruno for chord therapy, Sandy Bell, Adam Tully, Alice Bierhorst, Rob Price, Lee Feldman, Stephen (Dogbowl) Tunney, Jeffrey Lewis, Peter Stampfel, Peter Wade, Emmett Farley and all our friends and Kickstarter supporters. Thank you for helping us to finish this thing!

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The Bischoffs New York, New York

Named after a legendary home town ice cream parlor, The Bischoffs consists of 4 Teaneck High School alumni who have known each for almost 20 years: Amit Wehle, Aaron Wolfe, Jacob White and songwriter David Heatley. The band prides itself on their raw, portable sound and the wide ranging style of songs in their repertoire—equal parts hip hop, punk and “anti- folk." Photo: Jonathan Elderfield. ... more

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Track Name: It's Not Hard
I'm feeling ready (ready to go)
Feeling steady (got that steady flow)

It's not hard, it's not hard unless you make it
It's not hard, it's not hard if you can take it

I'm feeling inspired (run with us)
I'm stealing the tires (from the bus)
I'm setting a fire (to the underbrush)
I'm spreading it higher (here comes the rush)

It's not hard, it's not hard unless you make it
It's not hard, it's not hard if you can take it

You're pushing you're pushing you're pushing
It'll go up by itself
Don't put nothing in it unless you feel it

The fire is growing (growing tall)
The fire is glowing (consume us all)
We're all burning (burning with love)
We're all journeying (to Heaven above)
I know something (whaddyouknow?)
I know one thing (whaddyouknow?)
I'm not running! (no way, no how!)
I'm not running! (let's run it down!)

It's not hard! It's not hard unless you make it!
It's not hard! It's not hard if you can take it!
Track Name: Uh Oh
I kick the 1, 2 like kung fu
Leave wack MCs with nowhere to run to
Lyrics so chill they turn my tongue blue
Looks like your drunk crew hung you out to dry
While you tried to detox, I beatboxed and swung thru
With rhymes on vines like Tarzan in the jungle
(Ahhh-eee-yaaa-eee-yaaa-eee-yaaa!)
The rest ran or clung to my nuts cuz I got guts
Yo whatchuwando?
I'ma win the fight, don't have to punch you
Here's a little French:
Parlez Vous? O Mon Dieu

Uh oh Uh oh Uh oh...

I got swagger like Stagger Lee
Braggers be mad at me
Call me faggoty, doesn't rattle me
I'm fresh and clean, you're raggedy
Tried attackin me, blue and blackened me
But you lack faculties and I bounce back like Maccabees
We got ourselves a rivalry like Hackensack and Tea-
Neck 1989, packin gats and weed
Back then me was a lickle brat, but see?
Now you're mackin me
Jonesin for my rap like Crack-Crack-Crackity

[Shout out to the Pixies!]

Uh oh Uh oh Uh oh...

C'mon

OK now, how we gonna salvage this?
How bout this... you could be my pal but just
Keep your mouth shut and ditch those savages
They got you up a creek paddle-less
Addled up, saddled up, bickering, thinking you need to challenge us
I'm not into fences, everybody's down with us:
Communist to Calvinist, even some capitalists
Let's rally quick, tally people:
Thousands of kids...
Just like John Lennon said, "Imagine it."

Uh oh Uh oh Uh oh...
Track Name: Lesbian Girl
Yeah I can tell just by looking at you...
You've been bruised
By the way you hold your body, the way you breathe...
You look confused
"Why is this guy flirting?"
You're hardly even amused
But I'll tell you one thing...
You line up all the women in here, you're the one my heart would choose

You could be my lesbian girl

I'm not like all the rest
Got no hair on my chest
I just wanna be the best for you
My lesbian girl

I can tell you're on the mend
You can trust a man again
No I don't wanna just be friends with you
Lesbian girl

Your clothes say, "No body here to look at"
But I disagree
You've got an attitude... a belief system
Forgive me if I think it's sexy
I'll walk you all the way home
The hour, the minute, the second that you're ready
But after tonight...
I sure hope you'll consider me you're steady

And be my lesbian girl

I would go to any length
Yeah, you don't know my strength
Haven't show you a tenth of my love
Lesbian girl

You could be the boy sometimes
I'll be the girl, I don't mind
Don't you know you're just my kind of
Lesbian girl?

OK, we did that and it was nice that we did
I liked the part when you said, "Let's see if we fit."
But that's not my style, I'm not into "Hit it and quit."
I feel this in the pit of my stomach, buddy...
Oh, you're love is buggin' me, honey bee...
I just got bit by something.

Oh, you gotta turn around!
I don't want to give up now...
I could make this work somehow with you
My lesbian girl

We ain't made love in a while
But I still could make you smile
I just wanna have your child
You could be my lesbian girl

Let's share another cigarette
There's something you ain't figured yet
I never made a bigger bet in my life than this
My lesbian girl

Lesbian girl

Lesbian girl

Lesbian girl

Lesbian girl
Track Name: Moonbeam
I fell in love with a moonbeam
She was 6 miles long and her eyes were silvery blue
Asked me if I would like to dream
Flooded my eyes with designs and glorious patterns

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

I fell in love with a sun ray
She was 6 miles wide and her hair was golden hued
Asked me if I had lost my way
Bundled me up in her arms and carried me back to Saturn

I fell in love!
I fell in love!

I fell in love in the starlight
It was all around me, bubbling, shining, true!
Underneath my skin and lighting me from inside
Then dissolving into bits of white matter

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Track Name: Stay Still
You're such a brilliant little mastermind creator
(ba ba ba ba ba)
Cartwheels and drawings and stories and strange theater
(ba ba ba ba ba)
How can you never pause until your head drops on the pillow?
(ba ba ba ba ba)
The crack of dawn... a voice next to my bedside, "Hello."
(ba ba ba ba ba)

I know you need it!
Why can't you do it now?

Stay still
How can I hold you when you're moving all around?
Stay still
I'm trying to hug you but you're jumping up and down
Stay still
You won't be happy til I pin you to the ground and make you

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (stop it!)

Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba da da ba dup
Ba ba ba ba ba...

I fell in love with you when we were both just teenagers
(ba ba ba ba ba)
Fast forward 20 years sometimes I still feel like we're strangers
(ba ba ba ba ba)
I pull you close and suddenly there's some new task you need to take up
(ba ba ba ba ba)
And then it's you're too tired or else you just put on your make up
(ba ba ba ba ba)

I know you need it!
Why can't we do it now?

Stay still
How can I hold you when you're nowhere to be found?
Stay still
I'm trying to love you but you're trying to shut it down
Stay still
Don't you know that soon we'll both be in the ground? No time for

Unhh unhh unhh unhh unhh unhh unhh unhh
(mwah mwah mwah mwah)

Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba da da ba dup
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba da da ba dup
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba da da ba dup
Ba ba ba ba ba...

Now you're the hardest one for me to try to sing to

I hardly recognize you as the one I used to cling to

It used to be enough to see your eyes as you embraced me
(ba ba ba ba ba)
Now your eyes are pleading with me, "how and when did you outpace me?"
(ba ba ba ba ba)

I know I need it!
Why can't I do it now?

Stay still
How can I hold you when I'm running out of town?
Stay still
You're trying to soothe me but I'm getting all unwound
Stay still
I try to close my mouth and cover up the sound, I'm crying

Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma
Mama ma
Mama ma
Mama ma
Mama ma
Mama ma
Mama ma
Mama ma
Track Name: Open Up
I open up my mouth
Songs come out
I open up my mouth
Songs come out
I open up my mouth
I got no doubt

I open up my heart
Love comes out
I open up my heart
Love comes out
I open up my heart
I got no doubt

I open up my soul
God comes out
I open up my soul
God pours out
I open up my soul
I got my doubt

I open up my soul
I got my doubt
Track Name: Doo-Wop Don't Stop
If you wanna know the truth (yeah, yeah)
I'll give it to you, Ruth (yeah, yeah)
The freshest kids were probably (yeah, yeah)
From 1954 to 63 (yeah, yeah)

But there's one thing we can do...
And you can do it too...
Come on, believe it!
Act like you need it!

It goes Doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
We got that doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Gotta get that doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop

If you wanna know the low down (yeah, yeah)
Just take a sec and slow down (slow, slow)
From 79 to 93 (what, what)
Some other kids picked it up and brought it back to the beat

From the Bronx to the BK, from Jersey to Queens
They spread it out across the globe beyond their wildest dreams
Yo throw your hands in the air if you know or care
Where this music comes from that makes us shake it in here

It goes Doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
We got that doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Gotta get that doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop

I got that doo-wop-a-ditty-ditty-dum-ditty-doo
Up jump the boogie to the boogety-boogety-shoo (dip dip dip)
Wikki wikki wikki... shut up... La di da di
A wop bop a lubop a wop bam boom
I said a ling-ting-tong-dang-a-dang-diggy-diggy-
Dee-to-the-dee-dangy-dang-diggy-diggy...
Chicka uh chick uh ah chicka uh chick uh
Chicka chicka ah c'mon! C'mon let's go

It goes Doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
We got that doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Gotta get that doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop

Doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop
Doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop
Don't stop!
Track Name: I Am Not Insane
I am not so special
I am not so plain
I am not the person who is living in my brain
And I am not insane

Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba!

I am not uncertain
I am not to blame
I will not be cursing when it snows or when it rains
Cause I am not insane

Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a

I can't think of anything but singing this song
I can't thnk of anything that I have done wrong
David is my name
David is the name
David is a name
That was given to me
That was given to me
That was given

I spent my life searching
I spent my life in pain
Time to stop rehearsing counting days that I abstain
Cause I am not insane!

Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba-a-a
Ba ba bup ba ba!
Track Name: Winter Cavities
It's your used grey jacket from back when velcro straps were invented
It's your car that wouldn't start when you would first attempt it
It's your long dark hair, so thick and scented
It's those same old movies that we always rented

And watched on your VCR
Yeah we watched them on your VCR

Winter tends to leave cavities
That I fill up with memories of you
Of you...

It's that politician that we hated when he was elected
It's the passion in your bedroom that we resurrected
It's those misunderstandings when we both felt rejected
It's sometimes how you wonder if we're still connected

Just watch and you'll see we are
Yeah, just watch and you'll see we are

Winter tends to leave cavities
That I fill up with memories of you
My memories of you...

It's your eyes hiding secretly behind your glasses
It's that kiss goodbye when I was late for my classes
It's how you ignored those kids when they tried to harass us
It's the race to your car when we could see who was the fastest

La la la la la la la la la la la la la

Winter tends to leave cavities
Winter cavities
Winter tends to leave cavities
Winter cavities
Winter tends to leave cavities
Winter cavities
Winter tends to leave cavities
Winter cavities
Track Name: Come Correct
I was walking down the street late one night
When I saw some old school lookin kids underneath the lamp post light
This DJ jacked the power to begin their little show
I grabbed the mic, they said "You rhyme?"
I said, "Oh, you didn't know..."

I come correct
Yes, I come correct
In full effect
In full effect
Mic check, mic check
1, 2, 1, 2, mic check, mic check
I come correct
Man, I got nuff nuff nuff respect

Oh snap, the DJ was a girl and she had mad skills
Plus a face and body to match and her voice gave me chills
I rode to her place on her skateboard but she stopped me at the door
I said if you're worried about protection I got it covered, mi amor

I come correct
Yes, I come correct
In full effect
I come correct in full effect
Got nuff respect
For the ladies got nuff respect
I come correct
Check it out we're about to catch mad wreck

I said... we were crazily gettin down
Complete with freaky adverbs and nouns
Man she was steady rockin my world
Think I might be fallin in love with this DJ skater girl

Woke up the next morning and I made her eggs and toast
We spent the day around town but then drove down to the coast
Moonlit walk on the beach, I was holdin her hand
She said, "I was thinking maybe we could start a band"

I was thinking the same thing, so we started right away
Makin love and makin music just about everyday
We're in the studio this summer for release in the fall
We got the top downloaded single and you know what it's called

We come correct
Yes, we come correct
In full effect
Me and my lady are in full effect
Mic check, mic check
Yeah, I'm on the mic, she's on the decks
We come correct
Man we get nuff nuff nuff nuff respect

I said I come correct in full effect
Everything where I go, everything I do, I do it for you

Ah ah ah ah ah
Got to come correct

Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ay ay ay ay ay

Oooooooom
Track Name: You Can Die Alone
You can die alone
You can go your own way
You can leave us all any day
It's up to you

Or you can write a song
La dee-da dee-dum bidda-day
You can find your voice and say
What you want it to

I know it's hard to be
Locked up in misery
You've never felt as free as me

You can stay at home
You can chain your doorway
Live in terror and pray
While you watch the tube

Or you can write a song
Float it down a hallway
Drift into the doorway
Of someone new

I know it's hard to see
Me live effortlessly
You've never reached this frequency

But you can die alone
Turn yourself to stone
Lay in bed and moan
Don't pick up that phone (la la la la)

Or you can make each day your own and play...

Come and play every day after day after day
After day after day after day after day
After day after day after day after day
After day after day after day after day
After day after day after day after day...

You can die alone
(la la la la)
You can go your own way
(la la la la)
Track Name: Windy Air
La la la la la la la la la la

Jesus, they'll see us
On the beach now we're underneath the trees
I'm serious, you just pulled off a leech
Now we're cheek to cheek and I'm freezing

La la la la la la la
I'm in the windy air
La la la la la la la
I'm in my underwear
La la la la la la la
And I'm in love

Ah-ah-ah-ah (love)
Ah-ah-ah-ah

La la la la la la la la la la

Riding, we're widening
The space between their place and me
It's exciting, freeing
Driving through the afternoon and I'm breathing

La la la la la la la
I'm in the windy air
La la la la la la la
And you're unaware
La la la la la la la
That I'm in love

Ah-ah-ah-ah (love)
Ah-ah-ah-ah (love)
Ah-ah-ah-ah (love)
Ah-ah-ah-ah (love)

Ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah