Amanda West 52


Co Galway IE   Jan 2013  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Led Zepp, Santana, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Leonard Coen, Neil Young, Adele, Duffy, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Elvis & all rock & roll, 1960s music in general, 70s disco, BB King & all blues, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Gary Allen, Black Keys etc, Imelda May, Stevie ray Vaughan, Canned Heat, 40s swing, electro swing, Sam Smith, and I better stop now…

Hello 2021 !
I'm Amanda and I am a lyricist. I also compose a bit and shoot arrows a lot.
I am also more than a little bit mad, and FAWM is my annual chance to go nuts with lyrical subject matter !
I love to collaborate with like-minded composers and musicians who enjoy working with my lyrics. I can give you lyrics cold, or I can topline to your bed track for you to sing.
Workwise I am at this full time, working mainly in the sync world of songs for tv and film and any other media the techies can dream up !
I am also one half of the band Future Kings Of Denmark, with @stevenwesleyguiles
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 😀
All lyrics here on FAWM are first drafts - I later edit endlessly.

Pronouns: she/her, it, that woman, oh gawd it’s her again.
Preferred pronoun: You (I'd rather be talked to than about - thanks to @stephenwordsmith for that thought)

2021 FAWM Collab Commitments (for my own memory):
@cynthiawolff (something 60s)
@davidtaro (2022)
(let me know if you want to be added to this list of folks who would like lyrics written especially for them)

There is a great post on the rules of collabing on FAWM in the Forums here:
I will be following these as always 😊

Songs (52)

#1 Down So Deep @rustyp 27
Feb 1
#2 Running Blind @tiller2  3
Feb 2
#3 I Was Wrong @lvgd09  12
Feb 2
#4 Always Watching You @stuartbenbow 6
Feb 3
#5 Summer Without Bees @rbmarty000  8
Feb 4
#6 Without You @vegansongs  21
Feb 4
#7 Sad Old Humpty 4
Feb 5
#8 A Buzz In The Human Race 6
Feb 5
#9 The Warrior and the Sangerine @dragondreams  8
Feb 5
#10 A Buzz In The Human Race @mhoff 3
Feb 5
#11 The Photograph @rustyp 12
Feb 6
#12 Beat The Playground Drum 9
Feb 6
#13 Lancelot's End @dragondreams  10
Feb 6
#14 Yummy Mummy @ianuarius  10
Feb 6
#15 Silver Linings @tunecat  11
Feb 7
#16 Funk It @songwritingzen  13
Feb 7
#17 I Wanna Stay in Love With You @songwritingzen  15
Feb 9
#18 To Be Advised (yes that is the title) 12
Feb 9
#19 Summer After Rain @oddbod  2
Feb 11
#20 Kinky Kinsale 5
Feb 11
#21 Workin' On It @songwritingzen  12
Feb 11
#22 I'll Still Love You @rustyp 6
Feb 12
#23 The American Nightmare @rustyp 6
Feb 13
#24 The Devil Plays My Soul @mmmmarcus 1
Feb 13
#25 Shifting Sand @coolparadiso  7
Feb 14
#26 My Sweet Valentine @songwritingzen  18
Feb 14
#27 Summer After Rain @oddbod  31
Feb 16
#28 Don't Wait @helenseviltwin  12
Feb 17
#29 I Won't Concede @hornesgiftshop  9
Feb 18
#30 A Stab Of Despair @songwritingzen  6
8 weeks
#31 Bugs Bite @emkaydeebee  11
8 weeks
#32 I Chose To Be Me @songwritingzen  9
8 weeks
#33 Don't Wait @drivelmonk  5
8 weeks
#34 Grub Time For Kitties @sph  19
8 weeks
#35 Punk-Rock Anthems - Kids Edition [10x10] @xfloorpunchx  6
8 weeks
#36 Yummy Mummy @ianuarius  5
7 weeks
#37 Chase The Devil @drivelmonk  15
7 weeks
#38 The Very Best of Punk Kids Rule @xfloorpunchx  14
7 weeks
#39 Dance With The Fairy Princess 1
7 weeks
#40 Lovin' Lowdown Lie 3
7 weeks
#41 Every Time I Close My Eyes @metalfoot  12
7 weeks
#42 Clown Love (Vlad the Renegade Clown) @ianuarius  6
7 weeks
#43 Holy Hobbits, Batman! @rosedeschamps  3
7 weeks
#44 Winter Spring Summer and Tumble 10
7 weeks
#45 We Are The Winners 8
7 weeks
#46 The Castle Dragondreams Not Quite Annual House Party (Amanda ajna1960 link only - comments on link p @castledragondreams 2
7 weeks
#47 Everything Must Die @stevenwesleyguiles  6
7 weeks
#48 I Wish I Had a Superpower 11
7 weeks
#49 I Am Missing 16
7 weeks
#50 Eulogy For FAWM (Almost Anything Goes) 5
7 weeks
#51 Four Monkeys Making Pancakes 7
7 weeks
#52 Breathe In You ZONG
7 weeks


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  • @estebanlartigue  4 weeks

    hi! I just finished the song we are the winners! i just sent it to you on your mail

  • @estebanlartigue  5 weeks

    Ok i think i have q chorus! Ill work on it on the weekend for “we r winners”

  • @nadine 7 weeks

    Hey Amanda! Whoosh I had to scroll all that way down to 50 (!!?!?!) songs. That's what call FAWMing!

    Thanks for stopping by on my profile and soundcloud. I'm glad you enjoy my music! Your style of lyrics is interesting and multifaceted. Of course we can work on a collab someday, but my worst trouble is finding vocalists. So, when I come across that problem of having a vocalist but lacking of lyrics this would be a blast.
    Do you also write melodies or only lyrics?

  • @saxylizbeth 7 weeks

    Thank you for your listening and comment on PRS. I'm so glad they changed their minds in the end. I'd like to think my song helped 😉 You've had a prolific FAWM, definitely going to be MALMing here this month.

  • @gb9  7 weeks

    @ajna1960 Thank you for the appreciation and kind comments on 'Epilogue'

    Thank you for making this ride so incredible with your skirmishes, that taught me that even in a creative space I do better with a deadline hanging over my head. Thank you for you very kind comments across my various works and thank you for adding to the fun! Wishing you the best for the future 😀 💜

  • @wylddandelyon 7 weeks

    Heh--I thought I was going to turn the lights off and go to sleep, but no, I've gotten trained this month to pick up an instrument and record the song, already! Epilogue has a demo now, though it's all rough and sleepy, in case you want to hear it.

  • @apolez3 7 weeks

    yeah, I can't sing myself, remembered who it was, tho she couldn't as well, xo

  • @drivelmonk  7 weeks

    Heyo! Uploaded "Chase the Devil"! Thanks for the collab! I modified the lyrics VERY SLIGHTLY by just repeating the last five words again. Had a lot of fun with this!

  • @berni1954  7 weeks

    Thanks for confirming I can upload demos after FAWM closes for existing songs. Do you happen to know if that includes the use of the FAWM FILE HOSTING service? That's where I have stored nearly all my submissions this year.

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    I hope you like what I did with Every Time I Close My Eyes!

  • @apolez3 7 weeks Hey, you wouldn't happen to collab with those lyrics? Would you? I ask, because I could have sworn I heard you sing in one of your lyrics...

  • @pipewrench67  7 weeks

    Bot Comment on Soundcloud -
    We would sign a label deal!???..Hiya Pipe Wrench, your work‘Hot Dogs For Hobbits’.Aerobatics!!…PleaseSend down for work brigade…
    I'm pretty certain this means I'm going to be famous. Soooooo Excited.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  7 weeks

    btw - I'm working on our song now. 😀

  • @prsongsmith  7 weeks

    Thank you so much for listening to “Birds of Galway Bay”, and for your extraordinarily kind offer! I feel better already just having met someone from that part of the world! To be honest, I haven’t shared the song with my daughter yet, but I will certainly pass along your invitation! Thanks again. 😀

  • @drivelmonk  7 weeks

    Wow! Awesome! Thanks!

    Just to confirm, would you prefer to hear it first? Or can I just post it when ready. Thanks again!

  • @drivelmonk  7 weeks

    Hi! I'd like to try to write to you Cohen skirmish song if that's ok? I'm planning on doing it some time this weekend if you're up for it. You have my email if you want to converse there! Thanks.

  • @mikeskliar  7 weeks

    thanks for your nice words on 'beyond belief' and for welcoming it into that leonard cohen skirmish thing, tho it didn't quite fit the rules! 😀

  • @songwritingzen  7 weeks

    "I Chose To Be Me" is now done and ready for the world to hear 😀

  • @songwritingzen  7 weeks

    Hi Amanda, "A Stab Of Dispair" is now uploaded and ready for the world 😀

  • @davidtaro  7 weeks

    Thanks so much for the kind comment! I'd absolutely be up for a collab, maybe next year as it's so late in the month? Hitting the watchlist button, and please do sign me up for 2022! Thanks 😀

  • @nadine 7 weeks

    Thank you for hosting the skirmish. This was really hard but it was fun to write out of a different perspective. Still dunno if I will finish and record this song properly. I have to sleep about it.

  • @sw1n3flu  8 weeks

    Oh you’re not be half of FKOD??? Steven sent me the CD! Really really like it!! So cool.

  • @sw1n3flu  8 weeks


  • @zedisdead 8 weeks

    Thanks for listening, and commenting on " SolSol " good fawm 2021

  • @berni1954  8 weeks

    Only just seen your email. The Super Skirmish kept me busy yesterday. Sadly, yours coincided with family commitments.
    I will have a look at the song later.
    Una abraçada

  • @songwritingzen  8 weeks

    Hi Amanda, "I Wanna Stay In Love With You" is now uploaded and ready for the world to listen (and get all sexy) to 😀

  • @drivelmonk  8 weeks

    Hi! Finally got that "Don't Wait" demo done! You should have an email from me. 😀

  • @emkaydeebee  8 weeks

    Just replied! And yes, of course! More the merrier! It’s a great lyric!

  • @emkaydeebee  8 weeks

    Sorry - lots of crossed messages! I've seen you add me, and I've added the song in - thank you!

  • @emkaydeebee  8 weeks

    Totally cool, was purely a bit of fun on my part! Do you want add it to yours, or do you want me to post it separately?

  • @emkaydeebee  8 weeks

    Hellooo! I've emailed you from my hotmail account with some music for your Bugs Bite song! I hope you like it, but totally cool if you don't want to use it - I was v cheeky just cracking on with it! Either way, great lyrics, such fun!

  • @pgcl  8 weeks

    Thanks @ajna1960 😀.

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 20

    Hi Amanda, "Workin' On It" is all recorded and uploaded for the world to hear. Let me know what you think 😀

  • @songwritingzen  Feb 19

    Hi Amanda, "My Sweet Valentine" is all recorded and up for the world to hear 😀

  • @opossum Feb 19

    Dear Amanda,

    Thank you fer listenin' to my songs! I am so pleased you like them. I see you live in Ireland, right? Maybe you knew my mama? Her name is Patty O'possum. I see you are quite an accomplished writer! And you are a double FAWM winner so that is cool. Plus you seem to be very popular with all these people working with you on songs! So which song of yours should I read or listen to first?

    Anyway, thanks fer the listens and congrats on your double win!

    Your pal,

  • @neonpaul Feb 19

    Heya, so I saw we were thrown together for the random collab. Are you happy for me to just take one of your songs and just run with whatever I come up with musically? Or is there anything in particular you'd like me to work on?

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 19

    Sorry for the confusion. I've run it through my mind a few times, not really sure how to list the date in the schedule for each time zone without it becoming a convoluted mess and maxing out the word count.

  • @dmclingman Feb 18

    Amanda, thanks for the recommendation... Doesn't really feel stalkerish at all. 😉

  • @xfloorpunchx  Feb 18

    Hey Amanda, sure! Let's do some punk-rock! You can find my gmail on my profile 😉

  • @waitingforwinry Feb 17

    Hey Amanda, big thanks for the lovely comments and the recommendation mention too! <3

  • @drivelmonk  Feb 17

    I feel like I should have been clearer, I'm sorry. I have a melody and some chords as well. Is it ok if I record a little version of it? I won't post it obviously if you don't want or if you don't like it. To that end, if the answer is yes, do you have an email address I could send it to?

  • @gb9  Feb 17

    Thank you so much for the kind comment and appreciation for 'Don't Put It Off' 😀

  • @drivelmonk  Feb 17

    I have a very very loose idea for "Don't Wait" if you're interested in a collab. I can't think of anything for the bridge, but I'd be interested in combining V1 and V2 into a single verse and then singing the chorus twice. I know it's not a full-on song, but maybe someone would hear what I've done and take it further. Thoughts?

  • @mishykatz  Feb 16

    Found you!!! 😉

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 16

    sent the song in an email! thx

  • @oddbod  Feb 15

    Hi Amanda, shall I post it as a new song?

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 15

    Is shifting sand available? If it is i will have a go! It looks nice but a little tricky which appeals to me!

  • @didib Feb 15

    Hi Amanda, I managed to get a rough version of 'Sandcastles' down for the skirmish if you would like to listen 😊

  • @sph  Feb 15

    Hi Amanda, a week ago I wrote that a new lyric would be awesome and that all others are already taken. Will look into your new lyrics.

  • @scubed  Feb 15

    Done! 😊

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 14

    Hi Amanda, thank you for your inspiring skirmish title and for your kind comment.
    Nadia ~

  • @mmmmarcus Feb 13

    Heya! Thank you kindly for the nice comments. I'm not sure if Wikked is open for collaborations but I sure would be up for something. Write me lyrics and I'll record?

  • @scubed  Feb 13

    Thank you for the skirmish and the very kind comment on “Workin’ On That Now”!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 12

    Can you reshoot me the Google Doc link in messenger or gmail?
    I can't for the life of me...

  • @berni1954  Feb 11

    I am not as far back on the path as my narrator in "Working on it" - but it draws heavily on my younger self. In the end, the only true measure of a person is whether they became a decent human being, isn't it?.."The rest is just vanity"

    PS Any guy who isn't working on himself isn't worth bothering with. Th only option to "the path" is accepting a role model someone else defined and ending up a clichéd "Macho Man" 😜

  • @unknownbecky  Feb 11

    Thank you so much for the nice notes and the shoutout on the recommendation thread. I look forward to checking out your songs too!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 11

    Hiya and thanks for your kind comment...
    Sure you can send me a 60s lyric...I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to come up with anything (it’s taking me a lot longer this year to get anything together, but i sure can try...

  • @stuartbenbow Feb 11

    Hi Amanda, I agree. The music and melody pretty much wrote themselves. Normally I have to tweak a word here or there and really work to make everything fit just right, but your lyrics fit perfectly. Thanks again for letting me collab with you on this one.

  • @n1742  Feb 10

    Thanks Amanda for your kind thoughts. I’ll have a listen to yours and let you know.

  • @stuartbenbow Feb 10

    Hi, thanks for the quick response on the collab. I've got the demo done already. I had a creepy acoustic americana vibe for your lyrics right out of the gate. Did you have file hosting, you'd prefer or did you just want me to toss it up on my website's FAWM demo page with the rest of mine and link it in to FAWM the way I've been doing with everything else?

  • @vegansongs  Feb 10

    Amanda- sending an email now with a new demo file

  • @raygungirls Feb 10

    whatever you got, I can potentially fit... so, just let me know! 😉

  • @robynmackenzie  Feb 9

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Lyrics are up now. 😀

  • @raygungirls Feb 9

    Thanks for coming to listen to my songs for another year!

    I usually crank them out pretty quickly at the beginning. Haven't hit that lyrical wall yet, but I'm sure I'll be by to see what ya got soon. Of course, if you have anything you would like me to try, just let me know!

  • @oddbod  Feb 9

    I haven't forgotten our collab, just a bit madly busy.
    I'm tempted to do something daft with Sad Old Humpty or perhaps another version of A Buzz In The Human Race but let me know if that's a no no. Don't add me as collaborator on either yet though - thanks

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 8

    Hi Amanda.. I redid the song with your lyrics but in a chill style.. I can redo the recording as it is just a scratch track. 😀

    Here is the link if you like it better I will delete the older song.. Your choice.. but like you say this is for fun.. cheers

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 8

    The last link was the 2nd voice.. this should be the first.. The program automatically puts in rbmarty but of course we share.. 😀 that is if you approve.

  • @rbmarty000  Feb 8

    Hi .. here is the link to the file I use to carve out the tune..

  • @tunecat  Feb 8

    Hi I fixed the link (I'd accidentally marked it private) Yes, sorry not a polished performance.. However, the third one.. which isn't a song at all, is the one that I like the most. But I have stupidly got a rattle on the keys.. I will happily do a better version of the more normal song version at some point. (i.e use a DAW)

  • @tunecat  Feb 8

    I've posted video 3. I'll look at the others.

  • @twyllodrus Feb 8

    Cheers for your nice comment on "Algorithm is a Dancer".

  • @sph  Feb 8

    Hi Amanda, yes - a new lyric would be awesome. Seems the others are already taken.

  • @frozenlonesome  Feb 7

    Thanks Amanda for listening to and for your comments on Many Steps To Go. Don't usually provide info on my process but I'm glad you found it interesting.

  • @apolez3 Feb 7

    np.. on that.. I just wanted to let you know,, make you aware. .. no worries. 😀 And i updated the liner notes with more information.. did have morph and morph 4 in the tag tho

  • @tuneslayer  Feb 7

    Please take a look at -- the tag looks wrong (should be S021121A)

    Also I thought I was doing well with 9 songs so far but you've already completed your (first) album and the first week isn't yet over. Well done!

  • @arkka  Feb 7

    Thank you so much!

  • @apolez3 Feb 7 that's what I worked off of posted the original in the um where u commented just updated it. & yes, I'll let you know when the music is updated if my brain remembers, think it will

  • @apolez3 Feb 7

    Hey, just noticed your comment on the vegan.. def pro vegan and it was a morph challenge the line you picked out and loved isn't per say mine lol, just an fyi..

  • @apolez3 Feb 7

    Thanks for your lovely comment, enjoyed reading it 😀

  • @wacha  Feb 6

    Thank you for your very kind words on "The Devil's Playground"!

  • @wacha  Feb 6

    Thank you so much for your very kind words on "Mildred Is Free" and for sharing it. It means a lot when someone likes something I've done that much.

  • @mhoff Feb 6

    Amanda, thank you for educating me on collab edict. I do apologize! I will remember this for the future.

  • @donna  Feb 5

    I did wonder... but then thought it might be a character in a video game. 😊

  • @sunnymae  Feb 5

    I stand corrected on the skirmish. I was my first skirmish! Glad you liked the peeing in my pants line. 😮)

  • @cindyrella  Feb 5

    Thanks and I will let you know if someone picks it up. Yeah I just heard yesterday about that face transplants😳

  • @celineellis  Feb 5

    Thanks for the lovely comments and the awesome prompt for today’s skirmish! Like I said that song came completely from nowhere! Only my second attempt at a skirmish so was pleased with the slightly off the wall outcome

  • @mmmmarcus Feb 5

    Hey! Hope you're doing well, and you've been already really productive here! I just cranked some lyrics out and intend to take part. Wanna break out of the passiveness of last year.

  • @candle  Feb 5

    Thank you so much for the comment on Boundless Cycles & the warm welcome to the world of Skirmishing 😁

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @vegansongs  Feb 5

    Hi Amanda , thanks for the comment on Stuck in the Mud.
    Look up movie Equal mean equal.

  • @gslade Feb 5

    Oof..I hardly check that page. Just email me at Let's do it

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks for running a great skirmish and for the lovely comment on my song!

  • @lvgd09  Feb 4

    Hi Amanda, thanks for I was wrong. I made a mistake on the lyrics during the bridge, dang it. I'll fix that and for now I need to keep moving. I may redo the whole vocal I don't know. Still, I have no plans for this song any further than FAWM. I thought it was a good challenge. Appreciate it.

  • @berni1954  Feb 4

    Hi Amanda,

    My paternal Grandmother was born in Dublin, but her parents and family were from somewhere out towards Barnarusheen in Connemara. She told me the name of the actual place, but as a child I didn't take note of it.

  • @lvgd09  Feb 4

    Hi Amanda, yes, I was wrong

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 4

    Amanda in answer to your question, you do not need a Mac to play with garage band on a iPad....I/ve been putzing around with it only a little since last Fawm and just started out doing it.. after watching a few youtube vids I just went for it....endless hours of fun...and I don't need lyrics which is where I get totally frustrated...

  • @lvgd09  Feb 4

    Hi Amanda oh, that would be great add me as a collaborator and thank you

  • @speed0doyle Feb 3

    Well, as we are both in Galway, and you seem to be the collaboration queen, surely we will have to do a collab!

  • @jbxl3 Feb 3

    Hello hello from all the way over here! Hope you've been well on your side!

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 2

    Hi Amanda, Thanks for listening. My cat wasn't too bad until she became an only cat. Now she is needy.