Elsa Cross

Elsa Cross

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As one critic wrote, Elsa Cross’ “twangy guitar style and edgy lyrics invoke all the gritty emotion of a true rockabilly soul, complete with robust vocals and a western guitar twist that together amount to a doggedly lonesome but resolutely independent style. Eddie Spaghetti and The Reverend Horton Heat would both fall in love with this woman.”

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Biography

As one critic wrote, Elsa Cross’ “twangy guitar style and edgy lyrics invoke all the gritty emotion of a true rockabilly soul, complete with robust vocals and a western guitar twist that together amount to a doggedly lonesome but resolutely independent style.”

Born in the hills of Strong, Maine, Elsa’s deep relationship with music has been a lifelong obsession. From as early as the age of five, she remembers being enraptured by the voices of the gospel choir in her hometown’s Methodist church. Later, the gusto of tattooed rockabilly beats and sweet, honest simplicity of country & western captured her heart, laying the foundation for her dark and stirring music.

Drawing on these influences and her personal experiences with heartache, Elsa began writing and performing her own songs, releasing her debut “Unavailable” in 2008 and the self-titled “Elsa Cross” in 2011. These albums received critical acclaim not only for the beauty and authenticity of Elsa’s voice, but also her ability to unveil, through word and sound, the luridness of the human psyche—the demons, ghosts, and zombies that haunt us all. “Eddie Spaghetti and The Reverend Horton Heat would both fall in love with this woman.”

Now living in Austin, Texas, Elsa continues to captivate audiences with her clear, distinct voice and original songs rooted in the traditions of country, Americana, and rock & roll music.

Lyrics

Excerpted lyrics from "Unavailable"

Written By: Elsa Cross

Elsa Cross – Excerpted lyrics from debut CD, “Unavailable”

ZOMBIE FOR HIS LOVE

The red light that shines out the window of his room
Tells me turn around and run girl you don’t want this one
His past is full of darkness
Darker than the midnight street beneath your boots
This is a dangerous pursuit

Chorus:
But I can’t hide the feeling that dwells inside my soul
I know I’m demented and I’ve dug myself a hole
But I’m fucked and I’m stuck
And I’m a Zombie for his love
I’m fucked and I’m stuck
And I’m a Zombie
For his love

BECAUSE OF YOU

Lying in the darkness and I’m dreaming of your face
Fear is all around me and it’s breathing down my neck
My stomach’s tied in knots and my head is full of pain
How do I stop these thoughts from racing in my brain

Chorus:
I can feel my heart leaving on a dark and lonesome train
It left me before but I know this ain’t the same
I’m scared of stepping back to the life I lived before
But I won’t ever
I won’t ever…
Because of you I toss at night
Because of you I’m in this state
Because of you I face my fears
Because of you I cry these tears

DEAD OF NIGHT

Locked out on the street
I’m on the doorstep of a dream
You weren’t as you seemed you left me no choice but to leave
You closed your door to me
I guess I never had the key
You would not let me in so I got out

BEFORE I FIND A MAN

The moon is looking right tonight for me to be starting trouble
Instead I’m sitting here dwelling on the past
I got a record on the plyer singing my sad song
I bet your having fun going out on the town
I put my cards out on the table and I didn’t mean no harm
Look at me now I’m crying for your love

Chorus:
I’ve got to find myself before I find a man
Cuz if I ain’t no good on my own
What good am I

THE BURDEN

Well I lie awake in bed staring at my lover
And he knows of my pain but he still has to suffer
Cuz the day you walked away you left me with this burden
I try and rid it from my life but I’m still learning

UNAVAILABLE

Well the only man for me is unavailable
The only man for me does me wrong
The only man for me never calls me on the phone
The only man for me leaves me all alone

The only man for me stands me up
The only man for me always lets me down
The only man for me I gotta chase around town
The only man for me cannot be found

DEMONS

How could I love a man with so much hate
When all I want is love and an easy escape
I know I need to leave and I deserve a better life
But I’m scared to be alone and I cry in the night

Discography

Unavailable- debut album 2008
Elsa Cross- 2011

Set List

My sets can range from 45 min. to 3 hours, depending on what the venue is looking for.