Amanda West 22


Galway Ireland   Jan 2013  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Led Zepp, Santana, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Leonard Coen, Neil Young, Adele, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Elvis & all rock & roll, 1960s music in general, BB King & all blues, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Irish Trad, Gary Allen, Black Keys etc - and much more, very varied

Hello, I'm Amanda and I write lyrics and shoot arrows.
I'm lucky enough to be at it full-time. I love to write and to create. I write songs mainly for film & tv use, although I also have lyrics on artist's albums too. Sometimes I write melody, if I have a strong idea in my head, but I have no way of playing it well as yet. I end up writing it on sheet music !

So naturally I also love collaborating with like minded composers and musicians. For me, co-writing with someone you are in tune with, is the icing on the chocolate fudge cake.

I'm also a long time member of GYAWS, Get Your Ass Writing Songs. It's a facebook based private group of folks who support each other to write weekly or so πŸ˜€ the themes are chosen by democratic poll πŸ˜€ If you are interested in joining, please just ask me anything and I'll help you on your way πŸ˜€

I try to thank folks who leave comments on my songs, by listening to their songs and leaving a comment in return, rather than leaving a ty on their soundboard πŸ˜€

2018 Collab Commitments:

(let me know if you want to be added to this list of folks who would like lyrics written especially for them <3)

All lyrics here on FAWM are first drafts - I often edit endlessly.

I play the bodhran (Irish drum), and I also play the whistle and recorder a bit (haven't played them much in years). I play basic keyboard, am now learning to play guitar, and have a full drum set - not sure how long it's going to take !

I live on the west coast of Ireland, was born in Somerset, England, love cats, chickens and donkeys πŸ˜‰


Technical bit 😞
The next bit sounds harsher than it is - it's mainly just to ensure that we discuss the collaboration before we start, and that we are on the same playing field.

Please ask me first if you would like to use my lyrics, just in case someone else has already asked and has started working with them.

If you wish to collaborate with a view to the finished song being used outside of FAWM, please check with me before we start πŸ˜€ I often have co-writers outside of FAWM, and may wish to use my FAWM lyrics with them. However, I am still happy for FAWM only collabs to also use them πŸ˜€

If you wish to change my lyrics, please check with me first to ensure I'm happy with the changes. I am usually open to discussion, as that is how collaboration works !

The above isn't meant to sound difficult, it's just a matter of sorting what we are doing before we start - communication !

Please note: For FAWM, all work belongs separately to its originator, author, creator, unless otherwise agreed between the co-writers.

Songs (22)

#1 Stay With Me @stevenwesleyguiles  48
Feb 1
#2 Can't Feel Your Lonely Words @songwritingzen  16
Feb 2
#3 Watch Me Bleed @kraftec 13
Feb 3
#4 True To Myself @songwritingzen  2
Feb 3
#5 Can't Remember When We Last Kissed @stevenwesleyguiles  26
Feb 3
#6 The Parts of One @stevenwesleyguiles  14
Feb 3
#7 A is for Annoying 5
Feb 4
#8 Murder at the Opera (Watching Him Die) 6
Feb 10
#9 Kitten Poop Song 8
Feb 10
#10 Yet Another Sloppy Love Song (Kinda) 6
Feb 12
#11 I'm So Cold @metalfoot  14
Feb 16
#12 You Gave Me Rage @songwritingzen  16
Feb 16
#13 Can't Breathe In Silence @moonraccoon  10
Feb 19
#14 Love In The Shadows @jenfoss 13
Feb 21
#15 Sing It Loud (Song For Myself) @oddbod  12
Feb 22
#16 She's The Bomb 8
Feb 23
#17 Hold My Hand @vegansongs  10
Feb 24
#18 I Ain't Gonna Fail 9
Feb 24
#19 Beep Beep Toot Toot 6
Feb 24
#20 Sing It Loud @oddbod  17
Feb 24
#21 Pills Pills Pills or How to Cure a Headache @man 19
Feb 25
#22 Empty As The Summer Wind @tjeff  6
Feb 28


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  • @bking  Mar 29

    Thanks for the listens and comments on my songs. It's been a great FAWM and hope you had a wonderful time with it too.

  • @moonraccoon  Mar 19

    Replied to your email a few days ago. Figure you're busy, but thought I'd mention it, in case an algorithm mistook it for junk πŸ˜€

  • @mleverette  Mar 14

    Black Toast is up. πŸ˜‰

  • @tjeff  Mar 7

    Hi Amanda - FYI, I posted audio track for Empty as the Summer Wind.

  • @cts  Feb 27

    Congrats on the win. So uh...did you ever get that file from me?

  • @valeriecox  Feb 26

    Hi there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Adulterated. πŸ˜€

  • @harmonicdirt  Feb 26

    Your comments about my song β€œan arm full of pillows β€œmade my day πŸ˜€ and wow, you are doing so well with the song writing challenge!

  • @oddbod  Feb 26

    BTW, sorry I got all mixed up with the title. I never meant to suggest "Sing It Out" as a title - I meant to say Sing It Loud of course. I think my brain was a bit frazzled. And then I went and called the other post "Shout It Loud" which was also wrong!
    I've finally amended it to the correct title. Sorry for the confusion

  • @vegansongs  Feb 26

    Hi Amanda- I just sent an email with private link to the demo I made. If you like the demo/music I came up with I think you can download it now. I am not sure how the techie stuff works in posting collab songs? It is on Soundcloud on my account marked private but you have the link in the email I sent- I made it available to download.Will you post our collaboration on FAWM? It was a Beautiful lyric to work with- I hope I did it some justice!

  • @man Feb 26

    I'm glad you liked the collab! I've got at least one more Johnny Cash-flavored tune coming up in the next day or so... stay tuned! πŸ˜€

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 25

    No problem -- I had just hoped that you allowed multiple versions, like some FAWMers do. I'll find a way to re-purpose the hook I have in mind πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 25

    You're very welcome Amanda, the pleasure was all mine. We should collaborate again sometime πŸ˜€

  • @russiasaturn Feb 25

    Hey Amanda! Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know I found someone to help me with those lyrics, but thank you so much for being willing to help out! πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 25

    Ok, song arrangements for both "You Gave Me Rage" and "True To Myself" are now finished and uploaded to the FAWM site. I'm really happy with how they've turned out. Pleasure working with you, love to do more πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 25

    Hi Amanda, just letting you know that the full band arrangement of "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words" is online. Now to finish off the arrangements for "True To Myself" and "You Gave Me Rage." I'll let you know when they are done πŸ˜€

  • @leepat  Feb 24

    Hi Amanda, you're welcome, the song was really nice! I've fixed the link too...

  • @oddbod  Feb 24


  • @oblivionratula  Feb 23

    Thanks for listening to "Where I'm Going." I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of those that I hear in a month or two and think, "_I_ did that?!?!?!"

  • @oddbod  Feb 23

    dropped you an email

  • @pcob1993  Feb 23

    Sure, love to try a collab with you ...maybe you could put a spin on Touch And Go?? or another verse?? I'm wide open... xx

  • @s7even Feb 22

    Thank you for your comment on β€œFAWMers Almanac”. I probably won’t do a demo for it. But if someone else wanted to I’d be open for sure.

  • @pcob1993  Feb 22

    Thank you Amanda, wonderful to hear from you and your greatly appreciated comments. I hope to finish the songs properly in March... I'll email you next week and we'll catch up... xo Pearse

  • @mikegtz  Feb 21

    The music for Valentine Hearts is up: Thanks for dropping by.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 20

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @oddbod  Feb 20

    Hi Amanda I’m fairly busy so I don’t want to promise anything. I don’t like to let people down.
    I see most of your lyrics already have collabs. Any others coming soon?

  • @defaultdave  Feb 20

    And really I have to give credit to the ghost in my basement on the harmonica work.
    I just really wish he would stop leaving his towel on the floor after a shower.

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 19

    Awesome, thanks 😁

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 19

    Yes please, I was only asking because I didn't want to get in the way of any other FAWMer who may have wanted to have a go at those songs πŸ˜€

  • @defaultdave  Feb 19

    Thanks for swinging by and checking out my song. A Low tuned harmonica is like instant sadness πŸ˜€
    Glad you enjoyed

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 19

    Thank you also for your comments on "We Are Waiting." Yes, I'm proud of the V5 lyrics... The muse did tap me on the shoulder that time πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 19

    I've got some music ideas for both "True To Myself" and "You Gave Me Rage" just by scanning your lyrics. I love the way you pay attention to rhythm and meter when you write as that is exactly what I try to uphold in my lyrical content

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 18

    I've put up the acoustic guitar/vocal version of "Can't Feel Your Lonely Word" for you to check out. If you want me to expand on that and do a full arrangement just let me know. It was an absolute pleasure putting an arrangement to your words, love to do another one if you're willing πŸ˜€

  • @ampersandman  Feb 17

    Thanks for your kind words, Amanda!

  • @scubed  Feb 17

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my skirmish song!

  • @yam655 Feb 16

    Lyrics are up on my "Here I go again" song. πŸ˜€ Google helps with the first pass at the lyrics, but unfortunately not for my actually-an-album tracks.

  • @mardeycranbleson  Feb 16

    lol thank you for the comment, yes I figured that was one little problem with the lyric but I'm not much for editing post fact!

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 16

    Hi, thanks for the nice words about "Jones For The Highway." I appreciate the praise from someone who does this full time. 😁

    As for what is a "jones," it's American street slang for addiction. I first heard it many years ago in a Cheech & Chong song called Basketball Jones. It's probably forty years out of date and marking me as an old guy; well, so be it because that's pretty much what I am, lol

    EDIT: I went and looked up the proper definition and Urban Dictionary defines it as "strong desire or attraction, often of a sexual nature." Well, that works too; 😁

  • @devin  Feb 16

    If you need low register, grouchy type stuff, check out β€œNever Saw Me Coming” and/or β€œDon’t Touch My Hairspray” to see if that is getting close.

    I’m not much in the alto range, but I can growl for the biker crowd.

    Just don’t ask for too many notes like the hook in β€œHairspraaaaaaaaaay”, LOL...

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 16

    thanks for the comment on STFU.... yes venting complete... not skirmishing with a but of luck

  • @stuartbenbow  Feb 15

    Hi Amanda, glad you enjoyed So Glad You're Mine, and thanks so much! We definitely need to do more cowriting. Let me know if you have lyrics in my wheelhouse. πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 15

    Hi Amanda, I've finally come back to the land of the living and finished an acoustic guitar/vocal version of "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words." Your lyrics were absolutely perfect for the melody and accompaniment. Are you happy for me to upload it or do you want to check it out privately first?

  • @cts  Feb 14

    Anytime you're ready...I'm gearing up for an Open Mic at the Jelly Factory segment. πŸ˜€

  • @jbxl3 Feb 12

    Happy FAWMing to you as well! Hope things are treating you kindly over in Ireland!

  • @tallmarkmusic  Feb 11

    Sent you a message on Slack! You don't seem to be there as much this year.

  • @splittybooms  Feb 10

    @ajna1960 so like on your soundboard instead of where the person originally commented? Thanks for setting me straight!
    As far as my name, I just blurted it out randomly trying to make my cousin laugh about 9 years ago. It was my name when I went bowling, its been my gamer tag since I've had one, and i decided to use it as my artist name...why not!
    I am all for you putting lyrics to whatever I post whenever! If somebody wants to sing them, sweet!
    And lastly, thank your for the comments on I Can't Do That Dave...its encouraging to hear that it was fun for listeners, as I had fun making it.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 10

    Sure! You can write lyrics to my instrumentals. Wanna find an electronica singer person who can sing over it?

    I'm open to anything.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 10

    Hey Amanda!! Sorry I haven't written you back. Been sick and all that jazz...gross. Anyway, yes! I'd love to work on something together. I've had a lot of success when lyricists take a look at my style and come up with something they think might feel like something I'd do. Something hopeful maybe. Email is on my profile. Hit me up if you get something!

  • @gordon  Feb 8

    Hi Amanda, good to see you back again as well. Thanks so much for commenting on my songs. I'm really not a sad person, my songs just pop out like that πŸ˜€

  • @kraftec Feb 6

    Here's the instrumental for Watch Me Bleed

    I have another version with the melody played on guitar for our vocalist to use πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 5

    Thank you for adding me as a co-writer for "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words" I'll be uploading something as soon as my voice clears up. Got myself a bit of a head cold at the moment and have lost my voice 😞

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 5

    Hi Amanda, just wondering if I can still put my hand up for "Can't Feel Your Lonely Words" I've got something in mind that I'd like to run past you πŸ˜€

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 5

    You Know FAWM..hustle I tried it myself and it turned into a war protest song see ..Lets Throw down our guns and go home...but I still think it would be better as a folk song. The melody is too sweet for a war song..
    If you listen to it on my Fawm page you can get an idea.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 4

    I have a melody that I would like an Irish or Scotish country song theme..
    Are you interested in a collab.

    I just have a "mumble " track at this point.
    Will divide rights 50/50

    This site is safe..

    Listen to 'Irish or Scottish folk song..(open)' on Songspace

  • @mleverette  Feb 4

    Hey Amanda! Thanks for the invite & welcome!
    I'm trying to make GYAWS & FAWM collide. 😜

  • @srcoops Feb 4

    Thanks for your nice comments.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 3

    No prob, Amanda. Just you know me and math songs! That's why I asked. LOL

  • @kraftec Feb 3

    re Watch Me Bleed, I think it should be a bluesy, psychedelic rock song, with odd time signatures and such. What do you think?

  • @jorh Feb 3

    Thanks for taking the time to read my lyrics and your lovely comments!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 3

    Thank you so much Amanda, for stopping by my song Seasons and leaving that kind comment.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 3

    I got overwhelmed and ran out of time today but I will be back to check out your 0203-A skirmish song!!

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 3

    Hello! I'm pleased that my song created an evocative scene for you, and that it was a relaxing and peaceful one πŸ˜€

    Taking the leap to join Taxi last year was like giving myself permission to take writing music seriously. I've begun reading the books - Robin Frederick, Dean Krippaehne, and a music business book by Bobby Borg (which so far remains unopened), so it feels like I'm in the wading pool, wearing those bright plastic water wings, so I really appreciate the offer of help. Thank you! πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 3

    Thank you for your kind words on "This Thing Called Love" and hopefully it gives you a little bit more of an idea of what kind of collaborator I might be for your lyrics πŸ˜€

  • @complexissimple Feb 3

    You were too quick! I posted the lyrics on just a minute or two after the demo went up.

  • @snoozin  Feb 3

    Hi Amanda, I appreciate your constructive suggestions on Never Saw You Coming. Much appreciated πŸ˜‰

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 1

    No worries re: Stay With Me lyric. By all means, put me on your future collaborations list πŸ˜€

  • @kraftec Feb 1

    I'd love to collab again. I'm planning on going all out with guest vocalists this year so I need all the lyrics I can get πŸ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 1

    Hi Amanda, I would love to be added as a collaborator. I love your "Stay With Me" lyric πŸ˜€

  • @williamhaight Feb 1

    Amanda, please add me as a collaborator. Always love your lyrics.

  • @pcob1993  Feb 1

    Hey girl, fabbo.. I'm dying to hear my Fawmers again. Happy fawmingb to you too..

  • @johnstaples  Feb 1

    Thanks for your comment Amanda! The FAWM player seems to be acting up this year. Try this link,

  • @cts  Feb 1

    Actually, you responded back to my email with the link to the song on Jan 14th. I'll send it again! πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Feb 1

    Hi Amanda. 😊
    My theme for this year is "elemental and is mainly going to be meditation-friendly so keep an eye out for the #chair-yoga tag. πŸ˜‰

  • @cts  Feb 1

    πŸ€” well, shoot! Alright - let me check that again. You don’t suppose it went in your spam box?

  • @mikegtz  Feb 1

    Hi Amanda and good to see you here once again.

  • @oddbod  Feb 1

    Hi Amanda, collab would be good but I’ll have to see how things pan out. We’re not even off the mark and I seem to already be committed to about 5 😳

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 1

    I added you to my list, friend! πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 1

    Hi Amanda. Just a few hours now. Have a great FAWM.

  • @odilongreen  Jan 31

    Hi there! As I don't hang around GYAWS any more, I'm delighted that we're both here, so I can continue to follow your lyrics and collaborations... have a wonderful FAWM!

  • @cts  Jan 26

    Hey Amanda! Did you get that track I sent you?

  • @aerlyn Jan 26

    Welcome back for FAWM 2018 - thanks for your kind comments last year too!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 25

    Welcome back for another year of FAWMing! All the best. πŸ˜€

  • @johncrossman  Jan 21

    Hey, hope you're back for 2018!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hi Amanda!

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Welcome back, and may the muse be with you!

  • @krayzie003  Jan 2018

    Hope FAWM 2018 is good to you. Best of luck with your emdebors.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!