Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

My music is lyric based and very inspired by artist such as Carole King, CSNY, Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow. But it has variation ranging from some really blues rooted tunes all the way to catchy pop-rock as well. Overall its a fantastic story in each song and catchy melodies that make you want to dance or tap your feet.

Biography

ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL

Elsie May is a true backstage baby if there ever was one! Born July 24, 1990 to acclaimed drummer Russ Kunkel and renowned singer Nicolette Larson, Elsie was blessed with a gift from the beginning. When Nicolette released her lullaby album, Sleep Baby Sleep, in 1994, Elsie was already an inspiration for one of the songs and a travelling companion for her mother on the road. She also continued to accompany her dad on a number of tours with everyone from James Taylor to Lyle Lovett and on her 18th birthday she found herself opening for Lyle at the 5000 seat Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada. Elsie soon decided this was a family business worth going into!

Elsie honed her guitar playing and songwriting skills throughout her high school years while playing in a band called “Something from Nothing.” As high school came to an end and the band faded away Elsie continued working at her craft and soon had a full set of original material and the urge to go out on her own.

Lucy’s El Adobe in LA, one of Elsie’s late mother’s hangouts, hosted the first of many Elsie May nights and she grew her fan base from there. Shortly thereafter, Mark Islam hosted the first Lotta Love Tribute concert honoring Nicolette and Elsie’s performing career continued to expand, later performing in a number of Grassroots Acoustica shows and then at the Lotta Love Second Edition concert.

Elsie recently put The Elsie May Band together and in the past year has played around LA at venues such as the Viper Room, the Universal Bar and Grill, The House of Blues and The Canyon Club in Agoura. The band’s blues-surf-rock sound blossoms with every performance while Elsie continues to perform solo at singer/songwriter venues such as The Key West Songwriter’s Festival.

Her solid acoustic guitar playing, creative musical arrangements, expressive voice and insightful lyrics might startle you coming from this petite 20 year old figure on the stage. However, with her pedigree and upbringing, why should we be surprised!

Lyrics

Angel

Written By: Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

ANGEL
LYRICS & MUSIC: ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL

THE SUN WENT TO SLEEP LONG AGO
AND HE’S STILL AWAKE NOW
AND WHO ELSE WOULD KNOW BUT HIS ANGEL
SHE’S WATCHING HIM SWEETLY

HIS PEN DANCES ROUND ON THE PAGE
WALTZING WITH WORDS
AS THEY FILL UP THE PAGES TONIGHT
I HOPE YOU SLEEP BABY

HIS SMILE STARTS TO GROW FROM DISTRACTION
SHE TAKES OFF HER WINGS AND HER HALO
AND SMILES BACK WITH HER EYES
HER FACE CAN’T HELP BUT FOLLOW

WELL IT’S HARD TO BE YOUR ANGEL
GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT WAY
WHEN HEAVEN’S IN MY ARMS NOW
AND ALL I WANT IS TO TAKE YOU AWAY

THE WORLDS WAKING UP WITH THE SUN
AND HE’S STILL ASLEEP NOW
AND WHO ELSE WOULD KNOW BUT HIS ANGEL
SHE’S WATCHING HIM SWEETLY

HE TOSSED AND TURNED ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
THINKING UP ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS THAT COME WITH THE DAYLIGHT
WISH I COULD LET YOU SLEEP BABY
BUT YOU SAID WAKE ME UP TO FACE THE DAY

WELL IT’S HARD TO BE YOUR ANGEL
GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT WAY
WHEN HEAVEN’S IN MY ARMS NOW
AND ALL I WANT IS TO TAKE YOU AWAY
………. INSTRUMENTAL ……….
TAKE YOU AWAY OOH, OOH
TAKE YOU AWAY OOH, OOH

WELL IT’S HARD TO BE YOUR ANGEL
GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT WAY

WELL IT’S HARD TO BE YOUR ANGEL
GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT WAY
WHEN HEAVEN’S IN MY ARMS NOW
AND ALL I WANT
AND ALL I WANT
IS TO TAKE YOU AWAY

Blues in E

Written By: Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

BLUES IN E
LYRICS & MUSIC: ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL

I WANNA TELL YOU
JUST WHERE I BEEN
AND WHAT I BEEN THINKING
THINKING ABOUT AGAIN
IT’S THE WAY THAT YOU HUG ME
HOW YOU KISS ME AS YOU LOVE ME
ALL NIGHT LONG
OH-O-OH, U-A-UM

WELL THERE’S A POWER
POWER IN YOUR EYES
BUT I AIN’T AFRAID DARLIN
SIMPLY HYPNOTIZED
CAUSE WITH YOU I’M HOME
NEVER SAD OR ALONE
BY YOUR SIDE
SO BABY, CARE TO JOIN ME ON THIS RIDE

YOU TELL ME STORIES
YOU MAKE ME SMILE
EAR TO EAR DARLIN
FROM HERE TO THE NILE
YEAH YOU’RE NOT LIKE OTHER GUYS
WITH THEIR COLD AND GREEDY EYES
SO BOY SIT BESIDE
AND AS FOR YOU, CARE TO JOIN ME ON THIS RIDE
………. 8 BAR INSTRUMENTAL ……….
CAUSE I WANNA TRAVEL ROUND THE WORLD
WITH NO-ONE ELSE BUT YOU
YEAH FROM LONDON TO MADRID
YOU KNOW I’LL BE TRUE
I WANNA SEE THE SEVEN WONDERS
AIN’T THEY WHAT THEY SAY TO DO
BUT NO BLOCK OF STONE OR A WALL THAT’S TOO BIG
COULD EVER COMPARE TO YOU

I WANNA TELL YOU
JUST WHERE I BEEN
AND WHAT I BEEN THINKING
THINKING ABOUT AGAIN
IT’S THE WAY THAT YOU HUG ME (CAUSE WITH YOU IN MY HOME)
HOW YOU KISS ME AS YOU LOVE ME (NEVER SAD OR ALONE)
ALL NIGHT LONG
SO BABY, IT’S FOR YOU I SING THIS SONG
BABY, IT’S FOR YOU
BABY, BABY, BABY
IT’S FOR YOU I SING THIS SONG

Sugar and Spice

Written By: Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

SUGAR AND SPICE
MUSIC & LYRICS BY ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL
SUGAR AND SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE
CAUSE AIN’T THAT WHAT YOU WANT NOW.
THE BROWN HAIRED GIRLS, WITH THEIR PERFECT CURLS
CAUSE AIN’T THAT WHAT YOU LIKE NOW.
BUT MAYBE I’M MISSLEAD,
DID I NOT GET THE NOTE
OR MAYBE SHE’S THE PERFECT GIRL
& I WAS JUST THE JOKE.
4 BAR INSTRUMENTAL BREAK
SUGAR AND SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE
CAUSE AIN’T THAT WHAT YOU LIKE NOW.
THE FLIRTY ONES, WELL I GUESS THEY’RE FUN
CAUSE AIN’T THAT WHAT YOU WANT … AIN’T THAT WHAT YOU CRAVE

SO COME ON COME ON
IS THAT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
COME ON COME ON
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED.
I KNOW I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT A DEBUTANT.
BUT IF YOU’VE MADE UP YOUR MIND
THEN I WON’T WAIST MY TIME
CAUSE I’M JUST ONLY EVERYTHING THAT’S NICE!
(OOHS) 8 BARS
SHE COOKS, SHE CLEANS, SHE’LL GET DOWN ON HER KNEES,
CAUSE AINT THAT WHAT YOU LIKE NOW.
I ROCK I ROLL, SO I’M OUT OF CONTROL
BUT I’LL CHANGE YOUR LIFE NOW.

SO COME ON COME ON
IS THAT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
COME ON COME ON
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED.
I KNOW I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT A DEBUTANT.
BUT IF YOU’VE MADE UP YOUR MIND
THEN I WON’T WAIST MY TIME
CAUSE I’M JUST ONLY EVERYTHING THAT’S NICE
BRIDGE INSTRUMENTAL
SO COME ON COME ON
IS THAT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
COME ON COME ON
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED.

COME ON COME ON
IS THAT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
COME ON COME ON
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED.

COME ON COME ON
IS SHE WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
COME ON COME ON
ARE YOU DONE WITH ME

COME ON COME ON
DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE’S HOT
COME ON COME ON
TELL ME WHAT DO YOU SEE

I KNOW I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT A DEBUTANT.
BUT IF YOU’VE MADE UP YOUR MIND
THEN I WON’T WAIST MY TIME
CAUSE I’M JUST ONLY EVERYTHING
CAUSE I’M JUST ONLY EVERYTHING THAT’S NICE!

Go On and Get Gone

Written By: Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

GO ON AND GET GONE
LYRICS & MUSIC: ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL
GO ON AND GET GONE
WALK OUT MY DOOR
GO ON AND GET GONE
YOU DON’T WANT ME NO MORE
WELL I GIVE YOU ALL MY LOVIN’
AND YOU STILL WANT MORE

GO ON AND GET GONE
WALK OUT MY DOOR
GO ON AND GET GONE
YOU DON’T WANT ME NO MORE
WELL I GIVE YOU ALL MY LOVIN’
BUT YOU STILL WANT MORE

I TRIED PRETTY BABY
I TRIED REAL GOOD
WELL I TRIED PRETTY BABY
TO GIVE YOU ALL THAT I COULD
NOW YOU TELL ME THAT YOU’RE LEAVIN’
YOU KNEW YOU WOULD

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE I LOVE YOU’S
AND THE YOU LOVE ME’S,
WELL LET’S BUY A CAR AND A BIG FLAT SCREEN TV
YEAH BABY, YOU KNOW YOU SAID IT TOO
WELL ONCE UPON A TIME YOU WERE MINE
AND NOW THAT’S GONE TOO

SO, GO ON AND GET GONE
WALK OUT MY DOOR
GO ON AND GET GONE
YOU DON’T WANT ME NO MORE
WELL I GIVE YOU ALL MY LOVIN’
BUT YOU STILL WANT MORE
… SOLO …
WELL WASN’T THERE A TIME WHEN ALL YOUR CD’S WERE ORGANIZED A THRU Z
WELL HONEY YOU SEE I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF THROWING THEM OUT THE WINDOW, THROUGH THE AIR, LANDING GENTLY ONTO THE HOOD OF YOUR
GASOLINE OPERATED MOVING VECHILE …
YEAH BABY, I DID IT ALL FOR YOU
TOOK YOUR SHOES AND YOUR CLOTHES AND I, I TOSSED THEM RIGHT OUT TOO

SO, GO ON AND GET GONE
WALK OUT MY DOOR
GO ON AND GET GONE
YOU DON’T WANT ME NO MORE
WELL I GIVE YOU ALL MY LOVIN’
BUT YOU STILL WANT MORE

When You Go Away

Written By: Elsie May Larson-Kunkel

WHEN YOU GO AWAY
LYRICS & MUSIC: ELSIE MAY LARSON-KUNKEL

MINUTES PASS AS DAYS THEY GO BY
WELL I SWEAR YOU WERE BY MY SIDE
IT’S 5 AM YOUR CAR STARTS UP AGAIN
WELL I AWOKE TO A KISS GOODBYE

YOU TOOK MY HAND, I SAID LOVE I UNDERSTAND
YOU’VE GOT TO GO LIVE YOUR LIFE
THEN YOU WERE OUT THE DOOR I DIDN’T SAY A WORD MORE
BUT THERE’S SO MUCH THAT I KEPT INSIDE

JUST CAUSE, BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE THE NIGHTS ARE SO LONG
THESE DAYS THEY KEEP TRIPPING AWAY
WHEN YOU GO AWAY

WELL I’M UP AGAIN SEARCHING FOR A FRIEND
MY BEST ONE JUST DROVE AWAY
I’M THINKING WHAT AM I TO DO, GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU
JUST KEEP LIVING FOR TODAY

CAUSE, BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE THE NIGHTS ARE SO LONG
THESE DAYS THEY KEEP TRIPPING AWAY
CAUSE BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE THE NIGHTS ARE SO LONG
THESE DAYS THEY KEEP TRIPPING AWAY
WHEN YOU GO AWAY … YEAH A A A

YOU’RE THE SUN IN MY SKY, THE SPARKLE IN YOUR EYE
COULD TAKE MY BREATH AWAY
AND I KNOW YOU’LL BE HOME AND I WON’T BE ALONE
I’M WAITING FOR SATURDAY

BUT IF ONLY I WASN’T LONELY
THE STARS WOULDN’T FALL FROM MY EYES
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME, UUU DON’T YOU NEED ME
CAUSE IT HURTS IN MY SOUL … OH IT HURTS WHEN YOU GO

JUST CAUSE, BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE THE NIGHTS ARE SO LONG
THESE DAYS THEY KEEP TRIPPING AWAY

CAUSE BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE THE NIGHTS ARE SO LONG
THESE DAYS THEY KEEP TRIPPING AWAY
CAUSE, BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE THE NIGHTS ARE SO LONG
THESE DAYS THEY KEEP TRIPPING AWAY
FEELS LIKE I’M STUCK IN THE MUD, A LUNG FILLED WITH BLOOD
I’M GASPING ON WHAT I DON’T SAY
WHEN YOU GO AWAY … YEAH YEA A A
WHEN YOU GO AWAY … WOAH O OOH O O
WHEN YOU GO AWAY … YEAH YEA A A
WHEN YOU GO AWAY