Amanda West 15


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 ๐Ÿ˜€ the themes are chosen by democratic poll ๐Ÿ˜€ If you are interested in joining, please just ask me anything and I'll help you on your way ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


Technical bit ๐Ÿ˜ž
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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 (15)

#1 Stay With Me @stevenwesleyguiles  39
3 weeks
#2 Can't Feel Your Lonely Words @songwritingzen  15
2 weeks
#3 Watch Me Bleed @kraftec 12
2 weeks
#4 True To Myself @songwritingzen  1
2 weeks
#5 Can't Remember When We Last Kissed @stevenwesleyguiles  25
2 weeks
#6 The Parts of One @stevenwesleyguiles  14
2 weeks
#7 A is for Annoying 5
2 weeks
#8 Murder at the Opera (Watching Him Die) 6
1 week
#9 Kitten Poop Song 8
1 week
#10 Yet Another Sloppy Love Song (Kinda) 6
1 week
#11 I'm So Cold @metalfoot  11
1 week
#12 You Gave Me Rage @songwritingzen  16
6 days
#13 Can't Breathe In Silence @moonraccoon  4
3 days
#14 Love In The Shadows @jenfoss 9
2 days
#15 Song For Myself @oddbod  4
1 day


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  • @oddbod  10 hours

    dropped you an email

  • @pcob1993  13 hours

    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 23 hours

    Thank you for your comment on โ€œFAWMers Almanacโ€. I probably wonโ€™t do a demo for it. But if someone else wanted to Iโ€™d be open for sure.

  • @pcob1993  23 hours

    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  2 days

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

  • @jibbidy34  3 days

    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! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @oddbod  3 days

    Hi Amanda Iโ€™m fairly busy so I donโ€™t want to promise anything. I donโ€™t like to let people down.
    I see most of your lyrics already have collabs. Any others coming soon?

  • @defaultdave  3 days

    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  3 days

    Awesome, thanks ๐Ÿ˜

  • @songwritingzen  3 days

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @defaultdave  4 days

    Thanks for swinging by and checking out my song. A Low tuned harmonica is like instant sadness ๐Ÿ˜€
    Glad you enjoyed

  • @songwritingzen  4 days

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  4 days

    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  5 days

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ampersandman  5 days

    Thanks for your kind words, Amanda!

  • @scubed  6 days

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my skirmish song!

  • @yam655 6 days

    Lyrics are up on my "Here I go again" song. ๐Ÿ˜€ Google helps with the first pass at the lyrics, but unfortunately not for my actually-an-album tracks.

  • @mardeycranbleson  6 days

    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  6 days

    Hi, thanks for the nice words about "Jones For The Highway." I appreciate the praise from someone who does this full time. ๐Ÿ˜

    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; ๐Ÿ˜

  • @devin  6 days

    If you need low register, grouchy type stuff, check out โ€œNever Saw Me Comingโ€ and/or โ€œDonโ€™t Touch My Hairsprayโ€ to see if that is getting close.

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

    Just donโ€™t ask for too many notes like the hook in โ€œHairspraaaaaaaaaayโ€, LOL...

  • @sw1n3flu  1 week

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

  • @stuartbenbow  1 week

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  1 week

    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  1 week

    Anytime you're ready...I'm gearing up for an Open Mic at the Jelly Factory segment. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jbxl3 1 week

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

  • @tallmarkmusic  1 week

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

  • @splittybooms  1 week

    @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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  2 weeks

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kraftec 2 weeks

    Here's the instrumental for Watch Me Bleed

    I have another version with the melody played on guitar for our vocalist to use ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  2 weeks

    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 ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @songwritingzen  2 weeks

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @rbmarty000  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    Hey Amanda! Thanks for the invite & welcome!
    I'm trying to make GYAWS & FAWM collide. ๐Ÿ˜œ

  • @srcoops 2 weeks

    Thanks for your nice comments.

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

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

  • @kraftec 2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

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

  • @dutch1967 2 weeks

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

  • @johnstaples  2 weeks

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

  • @postcardhelicopters  2 weeks

    Hello! I'm pleased that my song created an evocative scene for you, and that it was a relaxing and peaceful one ๐Ÿ˜€

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  2 weeks

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @complexissimple 2 weeks

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

  • @snoozin  2 weeks

    Hi Amanda, I appreciate your constructive suggestions on Never Saw You Coming. Much appreciated ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @songwritingzen  3 weeks

    No worries re: Stay With Me lyric. By all means, put me on your future collaborations list ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kraftec 3 weeks

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @songwritingzen  3 weeks

    Hi Amanda, I would love to be added as a collaborator. I love your "Stay With Me" lyric ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @williamhaight 3 weeks

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

  • @pcob1993  3 weeks

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

  • @johnstaples  3 weeks

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

  • @cts  3 weeks

    Actually, you responded back to my email with the link to the song on Jan 14th. I'll send it again! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    Hi Amanda. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @cts  3 weeks

    ๐Ÿค” well, shoot! Alright - let me check that again. You donโ€™t suppose it went in your spam box?

  • @mikegtz  3 weeks

    Hi Amanda and good to see you here once again.

  • @oddbod  3 weeks

    Hi Amanda, collab would be good but Iโ€™ll have to see how things pan out. Weโ€™re not even off the mark and I seem to already be committed to about 5 ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 weeks

    I added you to my list, friend! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  3 weeks

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

  • @odilongreen  3 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @aerlyn 4 weeks

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

  • @metalfoot  4 weeks

    Welcome back for another year of FAWMing! All the best. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @johncrossman  4 weeks

    Hey, hope you're back for 2018!

  • @andygetch  5 weeks

    Hi Amanda!

  • @stuartbenbow  5 weeks

    Welcome back, and may the muse be with you!

  • @krayzie003  5 weeks

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

  • @writeandwrong  5 weeks

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!