Amanda West 65


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 - and much more, very varied

I've really no idea what to write here...

I'm a lyricist who works 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 also, 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.

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

I play the bodhran (Irish drum), and I also play the whistle and recorder a bit (haven't played them much in years). I am now learning to play guitar, and 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. And I love cats πŸ˜‰

2017 Update
Besides learning guitar, I'm now also improving my very basic piano/keyboard skills, plus building on my basic music theory knowledge (by a jazz musician - talk about difficult lol).


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˜€

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 (65)

#1 Manic Game Of Love @neilconnor 15
Feb 2017
#2 Sweet Summer Sun (was Fireside Chat) @sph  18
Feb 2017
#3 The Battle-Lord of Ebonfyre @odilongreen  24
Feb 2017
#4 When Our Moment Comes @leepat  12
Feb 2017
#5 Zombie Dolphins @raygungirls  33
Feb 2017
#6 Looking For You @musicsongwriter 7
Feb 2017
#7 Living In The Shadows @brrrse  8
Feb 2017
#8 Cat Enigma @mikegtz  8
Feb 2017
#9 Choose Love @brownium  16
Feb 2017
#10 Don't Hold Back @williamhaight 5
Feb 2017
#11 Middle of Something Too Good @karlsburg25  14
Feb 2017
#12 Waking The Dragon 5
Feb 2017
#13 Long Live The Vegetables @metalfoot  21
Feb 2017
#14 The Big Oak Tree @sph  11
Feb 2017
#15 Middle of Something too good @karlsburg25  18
Feb 2017
#16 Your Always Angel 12
Feb 2017
#17 When Our Moment Comes @feeslip58  10
Feb 2017
#18 Remember Me Once More @mikhail 6
Feb 2017
#19 Living In A Deep Freeze 3
Feb 2017
#20 The Road To Nowhere @deadhead  10
Feb 2017
#21 Breakfast Song @siebass  16
Feb 2017
#22 Never Ever Looking Back @fearlessflight2014  16
Feb 2017
#23 Ascension In A Blue Mist @kraftec 10
Feb 2017
#24 Oblivion In A Pink Tutu @kraftec 7
Feb 2017
#25 Don't Hold Back @williamhaight 4
Feb 2017
#26 Beating Down The Wall @petemurphy  11
Feb 2017
#27 Chocolate Fudge Soul Food 7
Feb 2017
#28 'The Love Of My Life' @musicsongwriter 8
Feb 2017
#29 Livin' In The Breeze @tallmarkmusic  4
Feb 2017
#30 The Hills Of County Clare 6
Feb 2017
#31 Thomas The Organic Donkey @timfatchen  11
Feb 16
#32 Just Vile 11
Feb 18
#33 Lay Me Bare @tcelliott  9
Feb 18
#34 Turn The Page ! @factorytale 4
Feb 18
#35 Long Hot Nights 10
Feb 19
#36 Road Trip To Hell @neilconnor 11
Feb 19
#37 The Gift Of Silence (ft Sean Brennan) @deadhead  13
Feb 19
#38 The Tale Of The Golden Dragon @brrrse  3
Feb 19
#39 Let It Be Me 11
Feb 19
#40 Ride That Wave 8
Feb 20
#41 Oh Lonely World @gordon 7
Feb 22
#42 The Day The Old Earth Shook @metalfoot  14
Feb 22
#43 Shadows @adnama17  4
Feb 23
#44 Strawberry Jam Song @leepat  9
Feb 24
#45 Escalators @tallmarkmusic  3
Feb 24
#46 Time Bomb (You Never Listen) @tcelliott  15
Feb 24
#47 What Am I @marvsmooth  8
Feb 24
#48 Can't Live Without Your Eyes @tjeff  5
Feb 24
#49 Not Gonna Drown @tjeff  5
Feb 24
#50 Eggs Eggs Eggs 9
Feb 25
#51 Zombie Spiders 6
Feb 25
#52 Light To Keep Away The Dark @stevenwesleyguiles  9
Feb 25
#53 Chocolate Teapots 5
Feb 25
#54 Oblivion in a Pink Tutu @kraftec 2
Feb 26
#55 Any Old Crap Will Do Song 9
Feb 26
#56 Kissable and Mad 3
Feb 26
#57 Ascension in a Blue Mist @kraftec 2
Feb 26
#58 You Call Me Out @marvsmooth  5
Feb 27
#59 Up to Something @deadhead  6
Feb 28
#60 Light To Keep Away The Dark @hoopshank  4
Feb 28
#61 Artificial Intelligence 8
Feb 28
#62 Pork Hercules @tallmarkmusic  5
Feb 28
#63 Cooking Cats ZONG
Feb 28
#64 Against It All @cts  ZONG
Mar 1
#65 Turn The Page @factorytale 5
Mar 1


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  • @musicsongwriter Apr 15

    Thank you so much for your warm comment on my collaboration with Alex on that's not what I meant. Happy Easter Amanda!

  • @musicsongwriter Apr 13

    Hello Amanda, I don't know if you get the chance to see my note here but the demo is now posted, in case you are still interested.
    Thank you,

  • @cts  Mar 15

    I kid you not...I can't hear the files. Ugh. Maybe it's's gotta be me.

  • @reggiestyte Mar 7

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to my pulp double-agent spy track & for the cheery comments!

  • @zxcvbnm  Mar 6

    Thanks for your comments on "Love to Hate" We enjoyed making it too.I'm currently thinking about "If It Rains" but more seriously this time.

  • @hazeyjohnii  Mar 5

    Thanks - I've got to take a little break from music to catch up on work I should have done in February, but if I do 50/90 or something similar I will get in touch.

  • @hazeyjohnii  Mar 5

    Thank you so much for your encouragement and your generous comments on my songs. I would very much like to return to FAWM next year. 50/90 sounds a bit more intimidating but that might be a good way to get myself to relax a bit more. If I do it I will definitely need to collaborate with some people capable of rapidly turning out professional-quality lyrics - do you know of anyone? πŸ˜‰

  • @driftwood1  Mar 4

    Thanks for the great comments. I'll let wiki explain the widow's walk's_walk

  • @crisp1  Mar 4

    Thanks for the welcome, Amanda. I enjoyed my first FAWM a lot. Say, were you kinda busy in February? πŸ˜‰

  • @crimulus  Mar 4

    Thanks Amanda for the very kind words on Getting Old Sucks. Looks like you had quite the FAWM -- great work!

  • @cblack  Mar 3

    Glad you enjoyed the cowbell!

  • @tuomoh Mar 3

    Thanks a lot on your kind words on "Empty Streets (Reprise)" and "Money". It's funny how Empty Streets indeed is a melancholic love song - I simply lifted the appropriate lyrics of the original electric version, in process shifting the emphasis from the loneliness to not being lonely, if even for a moment.

  • @popmythology  Mar 2

    Congrats on an amazing FAWM win, Amanda!

  • @jodv  Mar 2

    I don't even know how to respond to your comment on "Get Right", it's far too kind 😁 Thank you!

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 2

    Thank you Sheila, will add after teaching.

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 2

    I think Yes! Always good to post the links to collaborators so please send it to me and I'll gladly add it. Thank you Amanda.

  • @cts  Mar 2

    Hey Amanda - have you sent me your vocal recording? I haven't seen it an email. I've been looking.

  • @letterafterz Mar 2

    Thanks for the update - lyrics sounds great πŸ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 1

    Here is the link Amanda. Please let me know if you would like me to add anything to the Bandcamp posting, maybe some links for you or anything else you would like me to add. Thank you.

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 1

    Thank you Amanda.

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 1

    Hi Amanda, I have some placeholders for my music but I didn't get the chance to record it well so I could use one of the places for our collaboration if you are happy for me to post it and add Dawn. Please let me know. I love the demo. Thank you so much for your beautiful lyric!

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 1

    Hi Amanda, I sent you my message yesterday, looks like you didn't receive it. I forwarded it. Please let me know if you get it this time. Thank you.
    I can post the song if you are happy with the demo.

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 1

    Hi Amanda, I sent you my message.

  • @tiller2  Mar 1

    thanks, Amanda! for your comments on Gone Solo and also our fun and productive interactions this FAWM. I'm not sure if I can carry on with FB and 50/90 but will def be back in Feb. Be well and musical

  • @factorytale Mar 1

    also I sang man instead of manling. mistake.

  • @factorytale Mar 1

    oh I have to ask if you want me to delete the song again, cause I always upload my songs on youtube, cause I don't know how else to do it.I wrote you as a collaborator. as the lyricist. but I don't know if you want it there, cause just now did I read what you wrote in the liner notes. just tell me to delete it and I will

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 1

    My first demo up post illness. I hope you like it:

  • @ballyhoot  Mar 1

    Thanks for commenting on my song, "No Choice." Also...WOW! 63!! That's some output!!

  • @kraftec Feb 27

    The soundcloud link for Oblivion in a pink Tutu should be fixed now. Also I've emailed you the 2 songs πŸ˜€.

  • @daveed  Feb 27

    Thanks so much for the comment. Wow, you are so productive!

  • @matthew62  Feb 26

    Thanks for your kind input on Money Won't Buy You Love.
    Sorry for the delayed response...had some hurdles to clear.

  • @gordon Feb 26

    Hi Amanda, yes, no problem. I sent a reply to you on Thursday with details. Feel free! G

  • @adforperu  Feb 26

    Ahh thank you for the offer but I fear it's too late now 😞 Next year though for sure! I'll also be commenting on some of your lyrics too soon.. I always struggle with lyric comments (have left zero this year so far! *blush*) but I will try. I always liked your lyrics for the @degausser song, so I'm sure they'll all be great

  • @donna  Feb 26

    I've just sent an email re the HL FB page.

    And here's a demo for Mr Oblivion, which you had earlier mentioned hoping to hear. πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your kind comments on the lyric. πŸ˜€

  • @winchperry Feb 26

    Thanks for the great "conversation" skirmish tonight and you comments on my "Pizza". Yes, Barcelona is one of my favorite show tunes. Wow, how on the world did you post so many songs!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 25

    Hi Amanda, so sorry for the late reply. I had countless problems with my computer including power cut in the area and what I was composing wasn't saved in time so I've lost a lot of material on one piece I was working on. Anyway, just saw your lyric, it's beautiful, as always. I will send them to a singer and will let you know when the vocals are ready. Thank you for collaborating with me.

  • @kraftec Feb 25

    Sorry I woke up really late. Heres the mp3 for Oblivion in a Pink Tutu: . And heres the mp3 for Ascension in a Blue Mist:

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 25

    Hi Amanda, I have a singer in mind. Thank you for asking.

  • @kraftec Feb 24

    Hey @ajna1960 I'm about to start working on the instrumental for 'Ascension in a Blue Mist', do you have any ideas for tempo or a melody or anything before I start?

  • @singn4supr Feb 24

    Thanks so much for your comment on You. It's really helpful since I've been stuck on that song for a while. It would be interesting to see where the music can take it now that you helped to point out the chorus.

  • @oddbod  Feb 23

    Unfortunately I'm out of action for most of the next few days and then back at work. I think any time I can squeeze in now will be for finishing a couple of things I've already started. Perhaps 50/90 might be a better opportunity. Cheers

  • @neilconnor Feb 23

    Amanda, I've juts loaded a live demo of road trip, do let me know what you think and thanks for letting me play. Just done my 14, not the 42!
    πŸ˜€ neil

  • @boyatheart  Feb 23

    Hi Amanda. Thank you so much for mentioning my song in the recommended songs thread.
    I'm really flattered.
    ... and regarding your impressive song postings, what do you think your total is going to be by the end eh?

  • @laotranati Feb 23

    Thanks for your comment on my take on Storm winds I see that you are currently on a collaboration for your lyrics, nice πŸ˜€!
    And also thanks for all the skirmishes that you have done, I love them πŸ˜€ hope to participate on today's skirmish too πŸ˜€

  • @oddbod  Feb 23

    Amanda, great job with last nights skirmish which was a real last minute decision for me but I enjoyed it. As I said, I'd never done one before. It was a great buzz. I confess however I was a little put out by one particular Fawmer who IMO didn't enter in the right spirit you'd expect here. That aside it was terrific fun.

  • @poptarthero Feb 22

    Ha ha that is just what I thought the title sounded like! It was just the first thing I thought since it connects to the various words and intentionally odd focuses in my lyrics this month. I only realized as soon as I put it up that it sounds like can be seen as um...however you want. Thanks for listening!

  • @neilconnor Feb 22

    Amanda, jealous away, Swiss Alpes, Verbier,. a bit knackered to be honest, with my two younger kids.
    Hope Manic is ok.
    May ask a favour re road trip, i got a raw Chicago blues thing going on you do another 4 pairs of lines to make up another verse. Perhaps a backstory before V1?
    Cheers Neil

  • @neilconnor Feb 22

    Amanda, just put a simple demo of Manic Game of Love. Still working on it, dropped the last line prior to chorus.
    Thanks for letting me play and hope its ok.
    πŸ˜€ Neil

  • @gvgeis Feb 22

    Hey there, Amanda! Thanks ever for your listen and comments on Dammit! Isle! I had a lot of fun with that track; the music just flew out. Also, can I be super jealous that you live in Galway? K, thanks! 😁

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 21

    Yes i would love to do some more tracks when back. Keep you posted lovely lady πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 21

    Thanks for your encouraging comments and support on my various superskirmish ramblings this past weekend. It was great fun playing with you and the other folks for all those hours. Thanks also for your hosting efforts. Have a great week.

  • @boyatheart  Feb 20

    Thank you Amanda for your amazing comments. That was a fine compliment you made regarding inspiration to write.
    If there's one thing I feel that's important about what I do it's exactly that: to inspire others to show their own true talents.
    Thank you - it made a big difference to my day! πŸ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 20

    Hi Amanda, I've sent you my file.
    Thank you.

  • @pcob1993  Feb 20

    Yowie, sounds great ... I composed and played a soundtrack for a shirt movie that went to Sundance two years ago..I'll send it to you via email if you like ... xo

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 20

    A very good question. i return bascially when my money runs out which may be fairly soon, although i also may do some music teaching volunteer work at a school in Sri Lanka around the end of April. REally my life is pretty much up in the air right now which is half liberating and half a bit worrying for a bloke like me. Anyway I have to get back for August to take my Ma to see Brian Wilson (actually its for me but she will love it)

  • @pcob1993  Feb 20

    Hey Amanda girl, how great to hear from you. I'm working in Holland to help pay for Mum, she's disappeared into the shadowlands of dementia in a home ion the Isle of Wight where one of my sisters, Elaine, lives.
    I'll be in Ireland in late March or early April in Fanore so if you're still in Galway let's meet up for lunch or a pint or whatever. My email is ... probabky the best way to get me... I love Fawm and all the wonderful people I met here and who have inspired and encouraged me..... thank you so much for writing, you've made my day.

  • @hazeyjohnii  Feb 20

    Thank you very much for your comment on The Gift - I finished it:

  • @chrisshepard Feb 19

    I have never been to Ireland, but I certainly want to. Greece in May first!

  • @paulharrison  Feb 19

    Regarding my instrumental, If you're up for seeing what you can come up with, let's see if your lyrics seems to mesh with the music and then go from there. I might be able to sing it well enough to test it out. Sound good?

  • @chrisshepard Feb 19

    Thank you for the kind words. What an odd coincidence that you would comment around the same time my friend who lives in Galway shared it on Facebook.

  • @pcob1993  Feb 19

    Wow, I didn't realize it was you .... you are so prolific it shames me.... I heard a truly fabulous song by you called Washing In, Washing Out on Siundcloud and I was floored... so inspiring and wonderful ..thank you so much for sharing your work ...

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 18

    Hi Amanda. Thanks for listening to Loser Lover (vile skirmish). You've been really busy this year huh? Sorry I haven't managed to read more of your lyrics this time round. Have fun with those skirmishes!

  • @audrey  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my song Winding Path.

  • @johncrossman  Feb 18

    Yeah, thanks. I was working from my tablet because I realized I should put something up and the time converters were not particularly tablet-friendly. Arg! And thanks. πŸ˜€

  • @tiller2  Feb 18

    Hi Amanda! I made some Irish-ish music for my "Celtic" story, "Columba the Fighting Holy Man," if you've got a minute to listen.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 18

    Thank you Amanda, I'll let you know if there is a demo. Thank you so much for your support.

  • @sjbatavia Feb 18

    Got it. I will make note of that for next time. Sometimes the proper etiquette not disseminated. Thanks!

  • @sjbatavia Feb 18

    @ajna1960 1 min
    Also, @sjbatavia , the idea is you create a FAWM song and then the link for SC goes on that song, within FAWM. That way people can hear you song within FAWM, and comment on it etc πŸ˜€

    I'm not sure what you are trying to tell me here. Did I do something wrong?

  • @gordon Feb 18

    Hi Amanda. Thanks so much for busting (and listening to) my Zongs! In answer to your question, I don't have a soundcloud page, I just post here and then don't do much for the rest of the year. I'll look into it. I see you're doing extremely well yourself and promise to have a good listen.

  • @kathym  Feb 18

    WOW ... here I am running late on soundboards and you've done two fawms and thensome!!! Thanks for the comment on my supers song. I appreciate your time and thoughts. πŸ˜€

  • @dutch1967 Feb 17

    Hi Amanda, thanks for your comment on One Step Back.

  • @sapient  Feb 17

    Go on then. Whatcha got for me? πŸ˜€

  • @neilconnor Feb 17

    Amanda, just to say hi and let you know still working on manic game of love, trying to make it big, anyway I hope to have a demo sometime next week when I'm off. Will keep you posted.
    πŸ˜€ Neil

  • @adnama17  Feb 16

    Hey! How's it coming along? Need anything from me? A topic? A word? A kick in the pants? 😜

  • @tiller2  Feb 16

    Hey ho, thanks lass! πŸ˜€

  • @cts  Feb 16

    Hi. I was sidelined with the flu. It took several days for me to recover. I have a backlog of work from the office to complete and once that is done I will try to resume my duties with collaborations. I hope to finish most by the weekend! πŸ˜€

  • @gordon Feb 16

    Hello again! I thought you'd forgotten about the collaboration, so very glad you're still interested. As far as lyrics are concerned, anything at all is fine for subject matter. My only request is for not too many words! (It makes it tricky in the kitchen to read if they're on more than one page becuase I'll be trying to play at the same time!)
    Anyway, you can send them to Just put your name (and song lyric ?) in the header so I don't think it's spam. Intrigued to see what you're going to send. And finally, thanks for listening and commenting. I really do have a mic and guitar setup in the kitchen.

  • @kingwoodkowboy  Feb 2017

    Amanda, I appreciate your words on "Once In A Blue Moon When I Dream". Thank goodness a blue moon only comes around once in a blue moon.

  • @kingwoodkowboy  Feb 2017

    Amanda, thanks again, for reviewing "Ain't No Fix For Rocky Mountain Blues".

  • @tiller2  Feb 2017

    Hi Amanda, thanks for the "Celtic" prompt and your nice comment on my St. Columba song! Since you must be an expert on things Irish, can you advise me on an authentic phrase to begin my chorus: "Ho ho, Columba..." or "Hey hey" or "Whey hey" or "Hey ho"? Or something similar! I'm not sure which is most authentic; for now, I've chosen "Hey hey." Thanks!

  • @kingwoodkowboy  Feb 2017

    Amanda, thanks M'am, for your kind words on "Away Out On The Prairie". It was a ragtag adventure.

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 2017

    Thank you Amanda, I've added you and adjusted the info.

  • @brrrse  Feb 2017

    Thanks for the lovely comments on Song Catcher πŸ˜€ @woody made a demo of it here πŸ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 2017

    Hi Amanda, yes please, will be wonderful to collaborate again. Please let me know if you would like me to add you. Thank you.

  • @leka Feb 2017

    Thanks for imagining πŸ˜€

  • @nine  Feb 2017

    Your work seems quite impressive. Thank you for paying attention to my song and for your kind words!

  • @thelunggod Feb 2017

    Haha, clean as a whistle here. My lyrics on first draft are usually the first thing I mumble and scribble down while writing my melody. Thanks for checking it out!

  • @mattblick  Feb 2017

    Great! I can't provide any toffee anyway...I've got some wine gums ...?

  • @mattblick  Feb 2017

    Thanks for commenting on Exploding Cigars. Would you be up for doing a bit of crowd vocals for the chorus? or even just a "thighs" harmony? deets here

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2017

    Thanks Amanda for listening to Snow Moon. Didn't @petemurphy do a wonderful job?!

  • @siebass  Feb 2017

    Thanks for stopping by to listen to I am thinking of you, and for the suggestion on the tags; this is my first FAWM, so I don't have everything all figured out. I added the tags at your suggestion, I wasn't sure if it would be too dark, so I had held off on that.

  • @leepat  Feb 2017

    Hi Amanda, thx for posting and happy you liked it. Now all it needs is a proper singer and producer πŸ˜‰

  • @adnama17  Feb 2017

    Just go for it. Email me! πŸ˜€

  • @williamhaight Feb 2017

    I posted Don't Hold Back, but I guess I took too long to get it posted. It would not post on my profile. Hope you like it. I've been having computer issues. I am afraid my hard drive is dying.

  • @adnama17  Feb 2017

    Hooray! Amandas for the win! Hit me with some lyrics you think I can run with. πŸ˜‰

  • @lisachaly  Feb 2017

    WOW!!! YouΚ»re on fire @ajna1960 !!! INSPIRATIONAL !!!
    and I love the skirmish prompt #ascension ...awesome!
    with much aloha... πŸ˜€

  • @sph  Feb 2017

    You're right: we have to write one more song... I'm dabbling with some ideas but they are not so good. Lyrics first will be better.
    BTW Hope to find the time to record a backing track for "Blow wind blow" where you could add bodhran.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2017

    Lyrics are now transcribed for Corpse: Exhibit A for your reading and listening pleasure.

  • @kraftec Feb 2017

    I can write and record music for your songs, but I cant sing.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2017

    Aww. Thank you. I needed to blow out some cobwebs this morning. 😁