Eric Ginsberg

Eric Ginsberg

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Eric Ginsberg was not raised by wolves, has never wrestled a bear or saved the world. He just churns elation and heartbreak into powerfully relatable, cleverly-worded, crowd-pleasingly catchy songs.

Biography

Eric Ginsberg has overcome cancer. No, no...wait...a car crash! A sinus infection? All right, scrap all that. There's no hard-luck story here. Damnit! Let me think...a marketing ploy, a marketing ploy, a marketi...I'VE GOT IT!

Eric Ginsberg dresses up as a giant banana on stage! And there are naked girls! And his music makes wads of hundred dollar bills magically appear in your pockets!

This isn't working. Okay, how about this: Eric Ginsberg is a lot of fun! His music is really good! You'll have a great time at his shows! He gives good back rubs! I like using exclamation points! There. That did the trick.

Look, we could sit here all day and talk about how Eric has performed at cafés, bars and clubs from LA to New York and everywhere in between. I could tell you that he’s a prolific writer, and that his songs manage to capture love and heartbreak with a peculiar accuracy that seems to speak directly to you. I could ramble on and on about the national acts for whom he’s opened, the awards he’s won, and the constant attention the news media pays him. But I think that would just belittle us both. Don’t you?

I think we’ve all learned something here, today. And it’s that Eric Ginsberg, playing his songs, on a stage, with amplification, is a good thing. You will enjoy the upbeat songs; you will laugh with the quirky lyrics; you will cry through the somber ballads; and you will sing along every time.

•triCityNews calls Eric Ginsberg "one part Tasmanian Devil and one part P.T. Barnum. He combines energy with enthusiasm and creates order out of seeming chaos," and adds, "he's a firecracker...if I had an ounce of motivation, I'd be like this dude."

•The Aquarian says, "Prepare to be deceptively lulled with warm acoustic intros and melodic riffs, as Ginsberg's warm but nerdy voice belies a pithy wisdom...Whatever your take, this is one artist who will do anything but leave you cold or wanting."

•The Islander adds, "Lyrically, Eric stretches the entire good-painful spectrum...[He's] got a simplistic, almost pop-punk style that, coupled with his often-humorous lyrics, makes for a very interesting listen."

•the hub proclaims, "For over two years now, Red Bank area songwriters have had a patron saint of sorts - the founder of the Red Bank Music Community, musician and songwriter Eric Ginsberg: always a tireless supporter of music and sonic creativity."

Lyrics

Break My Rules

Written By: Eric Ginsberg

Kiss me in the dark, under the covers. Enjoy the softness of the light that's pouring in. Reach around and start to call me lover. Enjoy the softness of the bite again'st your skin.

And tell me dirty jokes all night. And make me laugh until I cry.

Oh, break my rules. I wrote them sober. I'm drunk as hell now. Intoxication has won me over. I can't get your smell out.

Lying, shooting quips, while borderlines abate, and I lose myself inside your sultry eyes. And dying in your lips has never felt so great as when I lose myself inside your kiss tonight.

Keep cracking dirty jokes all night and keep me laughing 'til I cry.

Oh, break my rules. I wrote them sober. I'm drunk as hell now. Intoxication has won me over. I can't get your smell out.

So hold me closer and stay in bed for a while. Rest your head on my shoulder. Make doing nothing worthwhile.

And tell me dirty jokes all night. And you can make me laugh 'til I cry ('til I cry).

Oh, break my rules. I wrote them sober. I'm drunk as hell now. Intoxication has won me over. I can't get your smell out.

Maybe Means No

Written By: Eric Ginsberg

I asked you out for Friday night.
You told me you're busy.
I asked you, Sunday, if we might.
You only said, "we'll see."
And when I called you, Wednesday,
it was early in the week, but, even though,
You only told me "maybe"
just to say you didn't tell me "no"
But, baby, as we both know...

Maybe means "No,
I really don't think so."
Maybe means "Yes,
if you were anybody else."
Maybe means "wait,"
and ambiguous state
Maybe means, "I don't want no part
in breaking your heart."
Maybe means no.

I called you up to say, "hello"
But you didn't answer
I left you a message so you'd know
which you did not return.
And can't you think of something else?
'Cause maybe's such an ungly word.
Instead of putting me on the shelf,
you could just say, "there's other girls,
and you'll find one in this big, big world."

Maybe means "No,
I really don't think so."
Maybe means "Yes,
if you were anybody else."
Maybe means "wait,"
and ambiguous state
Maybe means, "I don't want no part
in breaking your heart."
Maybe means...

Maybe I should cut the crap
and maybe I should make a move.
Maybe I should not react,
but, baby, I've got nothing to lose.
Maybe I should tell you all the thoughts
I have and maybe you'd see.
Maybe I should shit or get off the pot
And maybe nothing's as it seems,
but that's not what maybe means...

Maybe means "No,
I really don't think so."
Maybe means "Yes,
if you were anybody else."
Maybe means "wait,"
and ambiguous state
Maybe means, "Dangle from this string,
though I know I'm lying,
'cause I don't want no part
in breaking your heart."
Maybe means no.
You don't have to say the words
that you and I both know
'Cause maybe means no.

Discography

"I'm Glad I'm Not As Cool As You" (2003)
"Disconnect" (2007)

Set List

Break My Rules
Home
Fire
Die Young, Stay Pretty
A Friend Is A Hard Thing To Be
Wishing On Planes
In The Sand
Maybe Means No
(5-8 songs, 25-40 minutes)