Eli Van Sickel

Eli Van Sickel

BandFolkAcoustic

Acoustic Americana/folk songs through the eyes of today's young generation that cover subjects like love, death, desire, addiction, and struggle in America. Sometimes I also write feel-good tunes about Facebook. Influences include James Taylor, Steve Earle, and John Fahey.

Biography

My name is Eli Van Sickel. I hail from Terre Haute, IN and I have been playing, writing, and interpreting music for the past decade. I have written over 50 songs and have self-recorded three, full-length albums. I do not care about becoming rich and famous as a musician; all I care about is writing the songs that I feel need to be written and playing them for people who might need to hear them. I have been told by people of all ages, creeds, races, and backgrounds that my songs are accessible and easy to relate to. I have also been told that my singing and guitar playing is emotional, endearing, and comforting. Why not give my music a listen and see what YOU see in it?

Here's what some people have said about my music:

"Love the way Eli plays and weaves stories..."

"It's haunting and sexy."

"...so good, you make fetuses dance."

"It's beautifully scarred, persistently honest, and thoughtfully broken."

Lyrics

John Wayne

Written By: Eli Van Sickel

I'm sitting here in Clinton,
watching the cars go by
and when I see what the people are doing
it makes me wonder why.
Is it because I'm faithful?
Is it because I'm strange?
Sometimes I feel I'm in the movies
just like John Wayne.

I don't have a girl,
never had one to speak of.
Some people I know give their girls the world
and all the time they call it love.
But I don't believe in that.
I don't believe it's real.
Sometimes I feel I'm like John Wayne,
with the Mexicans, making a deal.

I'm sitting here in Clinton,
watching the sun go down.
And when I look at this world I'm in
it doesn't make me frown.
Cause I know there is bad things,
but there is also good.
Sometimes I feel like I'm riding the range
like John Wayne

Fall Asleep (Dancing)

Written By: Eli Van Sickel

Fall asleep to this song
The night is coming to an end
I’m sending you good thoughts
And sweet dreams on the wind

I am dancing with you
In the stars and on the moon

What a night it has been
O, what a night it’s been for me
What a night it has been
O, what a night it’s been for you

I am dancing with you
In the stars and on the moon

Finally the night is over
I can put my arm around your shoulders
we deserve a good night's rest
just lay your head upon my chest

Fall asleep to this song
While I hold you close to me
We can dance on stardust
Just take my hand and let me lead

Cause I am dancing with you
In the stars and on the moon

Finally the night is over
I can put my arm around your shoulders
we deserve a good night's rest
just lay your head upon my chest

Discography

NIGHTLIFE - 2013.
5/5 stars, Polari Magazine.
"Eli has delivered a masterpiece, a mix of traditional folk songs, his own originals, some unexpected experimental moments and a poet’s feel for the love and passion for the life under the moon. My advice is to pour yourself a good whiskey and raise a glass while listening to this record, celebrate the life and possibilities of life late at night with Eli’s newest album, NIGHTLIFE."

MIDDLE WEST - 2012.
4/5 stars, Polari Magazine.
"Eli Van Sickel’s MIDDLE WEST is definitely near the top of the heap, probably one of the best folk albums I’ve heard...Eli painted an honest portrait of life in Middle Nowhere, USA, the small triumphs, the dreams and the set-backs."

SONGS OF AMBITION - 2009

Set List

[This is a list of the songs that usually comprise my set, depending on length and time constraints. All Songs Written by Eli Van Sickel.]

All I Need Is A Key
John Wayne
Street Singer's Song
Nico
Romantic Song
I'm The Only One Who Isn't Married Yet Blues
Rainy Road
Maybe Someday
Memory House (I Wanna Burn It Down)
Can't Say I Love You Creatively
What I Really Wanna Be When I Grow Up
He Gave Her Unclipped Wings
I Dreamed About You
Partners
Apology to the Wind
Hippy King
Unsteady Hands
Fall Asleep (Dancing)
Not Yet The End of The Day
Make It
I Wanna Be A Genius