Amanda West 18


Co Galway IE   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, compose a bit and shoot arrows a lot.
I live on the west coast of Ireland, was born in Somerset, England, and am a cataholic.

Sometimes, besides lyric writing I write melody, if I have a strong idea in my head, but I have no way of playing it well as yet and I end up writing it on sheet music !

So naturally I also love collaborating with like minded composers and musicians who enjoy working with my lyrics.

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 have cut my hair off. Well not all of it, but for the first time since I was very young it's above my shoulders.

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

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 😀

2020 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.


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 😀 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 😀

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 !

If you wish to use our co-write (any song that uses my lyrics) off FAWM, then we will need a 'co-writer's agreement' signed by both of us.

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 (18)

#1 Lost Words 13
Feb 2020
#2 Who Gets The Bill @smudge  15
Feb 24
#3 I Can Still Dream On @stevenwesleyguiles  8
Feb 25
#4 Whats In My Mind 7
Feb 25
#5 Life's Sold Out 2
Feb 29
#6 Teddy Bears Trip On Acid @dragondreams  3
Feb 29
#7 Warm My Knees 2
Feb 29
#8 What's In A Name 1
Mar 1
#9 It's Only You For Me 2
Mar 1
#10 Paul's Wee Dragon 2
Mar 1
#11 How To Fall In Love With A Murderer @siebass  8
Mar 1
#12 You're My Pipe Dream 1
Mar 1
#13 Smelly Dogs and Skinny Cats 1
Mar 1
#14 Hot Skin 3
Mar 1
#15 High Ride Surfin 2
Mar 1
#16 Black Storm Coming @metalfoot  7
Mar 1
#17 Reformed Ham 5
Mar 1
#18 This Is My Final One 7
Mar 1


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  • @siebass  Mar 10

    I sent you an email re: our collab and lyrics, along with a draft I'm working. I'm not sure if it got through, so just posting here as well in case.

  • @siebass  Mar 2

    Sounds good, I'll start ruminating on guitars and heavy riffs.

  • @sunnymae  Mar 2

    wow!!! talk about a marathon, you writing frenzy woman! good on ya!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 2

    thanks for entrusting me to your lyric!

  • @siebass  Mar 2

    @ajna1960 do you have a preference for me trying either High Ride Surfin or How to Fall in Love with a Murderer? I'd try something surf/dessert rock-ish for the surf one, and probably hard rock for the other (I probably only have time/bandwidth to do one or the other).

  • @metalfoot  Mar 1

    I am extremely impressed you managed to get over the line in the last day!

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 1

    oh yes. some nasty westher there. I'm enjoying til my return in May

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 1

    ha ha . i am on the edge of the desert I have sketchy internet which has not lasted long to do a song!

  • @smudge  Feb 29

    @ajna1960 Just posted our collab! yay! 😀

  • @zeekle1998  Feb 26

    Hi @ajna1960 many thanks for your kind comments on Dramatic Thoughts. Nadia did an amazing job writing the piano for this and her performance is beautiful as a stand alone piece. Thanks for listening.

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 25

    I see what you mean. Maybe he was trying to disguise his voice 😀

  • @cindyrella  Feb 25

    Thanks for your comments and my mind is a little messy!😁

  • @tiller2  Feb 24

    Welcome back!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 20

    Ahh..there you are! I was missing you on the skirmishes. Just saying hello, as I'm used to your presence on the forums. and wishing you well.
    I think there are a bunch of us this year who've had "life" get in the way of full focus during FAWM, myself included. There's so much up in the air on both sides of the Pond.
    No serious keepers for me so far, but I'm committed to the process and it goes without saying, I look forward to the camaraderie every year. Cheers Amanda!

  • @berni1954  Feb 9

    Glad you liked my "Common Good". Ireland is entering uncharted waters. But what's the bet FG and FF do a deal to keep SF out of the running. Whenever two party domination is threatened these apparently bitter enemies suddenly find common ground. Don' tou just hate politicians who serve the "billionaire brotherhood"?

  • @dragondreams  Feb 9

    I have to admit I was a bit worried about you. 😘

  • @smudge  Feb 2020

    @ajna1960 Hey Amanda! I will send you $5 Canadian if you write more but it has to be done by tomorrow this time! hahah Cheers, Smudgie

  • @andygetch  Feb 2020

    Hey Amanda, glad you are back and I hope that all is well!

  • @smudge  Feb 2020

    @ajna1960 Hi Amanda!