Ellen Bindman-Hicks

Ellen Bindman-Hicks

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Ellen Bindman-Hicks writes original music with a fresh unique sound. Her pure voice makes listeners pay attention, while her unusual arrangements and lyrical poetry captivate audiences. She is quickly developing a following.

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Biography

Ellen's voice, lyrics and melodies show a depth and wisdom beyond her 17 years. Her influences include Dar Williams, Anais Mitchell and Ani Difranco. What sets her apart is a special quality of her voice and music not bounded by traditional ideas.

Lyrics

Questions

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

What does it take to push them over the edge?
How many steps until they fall?
How close can you get?
Until it really doesn’t matter anymore?

And why are we helpless to love?
And who really pushes our buttons?
How far can we get?
Before we realize we cannot go back?

And what are we capable of?
And how can we accept our fates in silence?
The questions are all unanswered
And death is the only thing that’s constant

As our perfect pixilated lives come crashing down
And all we can do is watch them
Fly on home into the blackness

And who provides the answers to our weaknesses?
And when will the emptiness beckon?
And when will the distance
Between our feet and the ledge begin to close?

And what are we capable of?
And how long before we let ourselves fall?
Fall. . .

Write Me a Future

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

Light calls but darkness pulls the fog again,

over my eyes, can’t watch the moon rise,

watching me die you don’t understand,

it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

I was gonna be there to hold your hand,

if it got cold. . .


I need you to write me a future

To plan the life I was not able to live

Will you treasure each moment as if it were true?

Will you write me the future of me and you?

Days pass, but we have no sense of time,

could have been years, could have shed many tears,

wondering if I felt the fear,

but you still don’t understand,

I wasn’t supposed to leave this way.

I was going to live to hold your hand,

while we grew old. . .


I need you to write me a future

To plan the life I was not able to live

Will you treasure each moment as if it were true?

Will you write me the future of me and you?

You're the Words

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

1) There’s twenty-six letters in the alphabet,

twenty-six songs that I have written for you

And you are, you’ve always been,

the man behind the words I sing at night.

2) I’ve tried to find another way to talk to you,

But there’s always something that gets in the way

You can’t talk, and you love my songs,

but do you realize you’re the words I sing at night?

chorus:

You’re the words I sing,

you’re everything,

but you won’t say, if you know,

that all twenty-six songs I wrote about (for) you

3) I say I don’t want any part within your world,

But if that’s true then what are all these lyrics for?

And I want, to write just one last song,

but I know there’ll be at least twenty-six more. . .

repeat Verse 1 (slow) into chorus 2x

When the Two Connect

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

There’s a girl in side of me

she’s the girl everyone sees,

confident and strong,

talented and alive,

but that’s not the girl that speaks within my head,

who doubts who wonders

the one who’s self-conscious and never self-confident—

But when I sing, when my words come forth,

and people start to listen,

that’s when the two connect

There’s a girl inside of me

she’s the girl who sings to me,

who tells me to write the truth

who knows what’s right,

but that’s not the girl who lets it all collapse

and sometimes she can’t help

but let her façade crumble off and crash

But when I sing, when my words come forth,

and people start to listen,

that’s when the two connect

There’s a girl inside of me

she’s the girl I want to be

and she’s part of who I am

she’s the one everyone sees

so I need to hold her close, not set her free

and let the two connect

to become

just one me.

Questions

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

What does it take to push them over the edge?
How many steps until they fall?
How close can you get?
Until it really doesn’t matter anymore?

And why are we helpless to love?
And who really pushes our buttons?
How far can we get?
Before we realize we cannot go back?

And what are we capable of?
And how can we accept our fates in silence?
The questions are all unanswered
And death is the only thing that’s constant

As our perfect pixilated lives come crashing down
And all we can do is watch them
Fly on home into the blackness

And who provides the answers to our weaknesses?
And when will the emptiness beckon?
And when will the distance
Between our feet and the ledge begin to close?

And what are we capable of?
And how long before we let ourselves fall.
Fall....

You're the Words

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

1) There’s twenty-six letters in the alphabet,

twenty-six songs that I have written for you

And you are, you’ve always been,

the man behind the words I sing at night.

2) I’ve tried to find another way to talk to you,

But there’s always something that gets in the way

You can’t talk, and you love my songs,

but do you realize you’re the words I sing at night?

chorus:

You’re the words I sing,

you’re everything,

but you won’t say, if you know,

that all twenty-six songs I wrote about (for) you

3) I say I don’t want any part within your world,

But if that’s true then what are all these lyrics for?

And I want, to write just one last song,

but I know there’ll be at least twenty-six more. . .

repeat Verse 1 (slow) into chorus 2x

You're the Words

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

1) There’s twenty-six letters in the alphabet,

twenty-six songs that I have written for you

And you are, you’ve always been,

the man behind the words I sing at night.

2) I’ve tried to find another way to talk to you,

But there’s always something that gets in the way

You can’t talk, and you love my songs,

but do you realize you’re the words I sing at night?

chorus:

You’re the words I sing,

you’re everything,

but you won’t say, if you know,

that all twenty-six songs I wrote about (for) you

3) I say I don’t want any part within your world,

But if that’s true then what are all these lyrics for?

And I want, to write just one last song,

but I know there’ll be at least twenty-six more. . .

repeat Verse 1 (slow) into chorus 2x

When the Two Connect

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

There’s a girl in side of me

she’s the girl everyone sees,

confident and strong,

talented and alive,

but that’s not the girl that speaks within my head,

who doubts who wonders

the one who’s self-conscious and never self-confident—

But when I sing, when my words come forth,

and people start to listen,

that’s when the two connect

There’s a girl inside of me

she’s the girl who sings to me,

who tells me to write the truth

who knows what’s right,

but that’s not the girl who lets it all collapse

and sometimes she can’t help

but let her façade crumble off and crash

But when I sing, when my words come forth,

and people start to listen,

that’s when the two connect

There’s a girl inside of me

she’s the girl I want to be

and she’s part of who I am

she’s the one everyone sees

so I need to hold her close, not set her free

and let the two connect

to become

just one me.

Forgiveness is Golden

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

Today I finally breathed
It took so long to make me see
I was going nowhere faster
Than I’ve ever gone anywhere
Before...

Today I saw the sun
But there’s only clouds and fog
So maybe I’m the only one
But I saw her brighter
Than the anger
It nearly knocked me to the floor

And she was golden while she spoke to me
She was golden when she told me to see
To look at all the beauty
To understand it’s meaning
It’s easy, really simple
Now I know it’s called
Forgiveness

Yesterday my wrath was strong
But holding on simply takes too long
I was going nowhere faster
Than I’ve ever gone anywhere
Before...

Yesterday was rainy and raw
And the people in front of me
Were all I saw
So I had to start knocking
On today’s door
And pick myself
Off of the floor

And as the sunlight
Streamed down on me
I was finally able to see:

Forgiveness is golden
It’s golden...
It’s golden, yeah—
And she was golden while she spoke to me
She was golden when she told me to see
To look at all the beauty
To understand it’s meaning
It’s easy, really simple
Now I know it’s called
Forgiveness

Can You Trust?

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

How can you truuust,
when the one who rips you apart,
is the one who heals you?

How can you know, the truth,
when the one who betrays you
is the one who supports you oo,oo,oo?

How can you stand,
when the one who knocks you down
Is the one who picks you back up?

How can you breathe,
when the one who took your air a-way is the only one,
the only one who can make your heart beat again? ohohohoh...

chorus:
oh you can’t run away,
no not from the person
who might finally come through,

and you can’t give up,
not when at any second,
he could be sweet,

and you would have missed it,
you can’t miss it,
so you can’t blink.
ohohohoh....

I have to tru-u-ust,
I have to let myself, leave and not look back
but even,
while everyone is telling me
I can walk away
I can’t even imagine moving my feet.

And so,
I’ll have to try
because the only way to see if I can,
is to trust.
ohohohoh...

chorus:
So you can run away,
even from the person who might,
eventually come through,

and you won’t be giving up,
even when at any second he could be sweet,

and you will have missed it,
and you can miss it,
you have the strength.
oh oh oh, ohoh...

When the Two Connect

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

There’s a girl in side of me

she’s the girl everyone sees,

confident and strong,

talented and alive,

but that’s not the girl that speaks within my head,

who doubts who wonders

the one who’s self-conscious and never self-confident,

But when I sing, when my words come forth,

and people start to listen,

that’s when the two connect

There’s a girl inside of me

she’s the girl who sings to me,

who tells me to write the truth

who knows what’s right,

but that’s not the girl who lets it all collapse

and sometimes she can’t help

but let her facade crumble off and crash,

But when I sing, when my words come forth,

and people start to listen,

that’s when the two connect

There’s a girl inside of me

she’s the girl I want to be

and she’s part of who I am

she’s the one everyone sees

so I need to hold her close, not set her free

and let the two connect

to become

just one me.

Frozen

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks

I have seen your footsteps in the rain

though they are frozen now, frozen out

I have loved you for a thousand years

but are you really ready to forget?

I can wash our hands clean

but will they ever truly dry?

Will we keep playing jump rope

with a rope that’s always been too short?

Chorus:
Can we pick up the pieces

just before they fall?

Should we open up our arms

and try to catch them all?

We’ve been trying so hard

but we’re just failing fast.

And in just a few weeks

this will all be in the past.

I’ll move on,

just as soon as you stop

loving me.

You’ve made me think of someone else

other than myself.

I’ve tried to be someone else

other than who my heart knows I am.

I’ve pushed so hard on my life

that I think it finally collapsed.

Chorus:
Can we pick up the pieces

just before they fall?

Should we open up our arms

and try to catch them all?

We’ve been trying so hard

but we’re just failing fast.

And in just a few weeks

this will all be in the past.

Your shape still lingers on my bed

no matter how many times I smooth the covers.

I thought to vandalize your car,

but it wouldn’t have solved anything at all.

I wonder if you still think of me

as much as I think of you?

I could have sworn I saw your footsteps

in the rain

I watched them freeze

like us.

Plastic Heart

Written By: Ellen Bindman-Hicks


Hey boy, hey boy what’s going on today?

are you having a rough morning?

Did your girlfriend dump you?

nope she never will,

is it cause she’s scared of you?

Is she afraid that you could kill?

Chorus:
She’s the plastic blow up doll,
smack her down she pops back up.
She’s the girl that never dies,
that never cries,
let her down her smile stays,
yes, she’s the plastic blow up doll,
but this time you broke her plastic heart.

Don’t worry, don’t worry ‘bout her feelings,

she don’t have any you know.

Her head is filled with oxygen,

her thoughts are with the skies,

if you want to say nasty things,

then who’s she to ask you why?

Chorus:
She’s the plastic blow up doll,
smack her down she pops back up.
She’s the girl that never dies,
that never cries,
let her down her smile stays,
yes, she’s the plastic blow up doll,
but this time you broke her plastic heart.

But something, but something is malfunctioning.

She’s feeling.

She’s feeling hurt.

The hurt turns into anger,

the anger into wrath,

the blow up doll is coming,

coming for her half.

Chorus:
Yes, She’s the plastic blow up doll,
smack her down she comes right back.
She’s the girl that never dies.
She’ll make you cry.
You should know her smile betrays.
Yes she’s the plastic blow up doll
but this time you broke the wrong heart.

Discography

Tennessee Concerts Talent Competition, Summer 2009-- Honorable Mention for "Questions"

Mike Pinder's Songwars Songwriting Competition, 2010-- Honorable Mention for "Write Me a Future" and "When the Two Connect"

CD: "Write Me a Future" (c) Ellen Bindman-Hicks, 2009
(to order contact: naomi.bindman@gmail.com)

Set List

All songs are by Ellen Bindman-Hicks, between 3-4 minutes.

"Questions," "Write Me A Future," "You're the Words," "What You Believe," "I Don't Even Know Your Name," "The Only Option," "Can You Trust?," "Into Space," "Plastic Heart," "Since You Have Come Near," "The Way it Goes," "Frozen," "Back in the Dance," "Our Scars," "Swingset," "Remembering," "Rulebook to Life," "I Wonder," "What You Took," "This Time," "Trust Your Light," "Find a Hope," "Soon Enough," "I Don't Have Anything to Say," "Dreaming Reality," "Tangled Up in Lies," "How Long?" "Empty," "Insomniac," "Glass Princess," "Night Leaping."

Ellen's typical set list is about 10-12 songs.