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Monica Max West, Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter
Winner LSC Search For The Song * Runner Up Song Of The Year Contest * UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist
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Strength, love, longing, interbeing, ancestors, forgiveness...

Words and Music © Monica Max West

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I Was In Love With Being In Love eue
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learning how to love myself

   

Rain eue
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in gratitude to Thich Nhat Hanh

You do not speak in vain, you stop this runaway train
You do not speak in vain

A I have so much left to learn
Any answers will take a lifetime to discern
I’m on fire: how I burn!
My mind has thousands of wheels and cogs – they start to turn

That’s why I reach for you, I reach for you
I return, return, return back home

And your words fall down like rain on this vast and thirsty plain
I drink them in again, oh, how I need the rain

This scorched and hardened land
A million things I can’t begin to understand
I'm building castles from dust and sand
While you cradle the entire universe in your hand

Even when the seeds lie dormant under ice and snow
Even when a storm brews up, and howling winds do blow
With the rain and sun and soil, flowers find a way to grow
I will reap what I sow, what I sow, what I sow
What I sow, what I sow, I will reap what I sow

Just one drop from this cloud, one drop you speak aloud
One drop from this water, Father, may I be your daughter

   
   
   

Forgive Me eue
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'One of my favourites. A real winner.' - PL

   

One Red Rose eue
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'One Red Rose was the most popular song last summer!' - JP

   
   
   

Call Me By My True Names eue
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Inspired by 'Please Call Me By My True Names', a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

...I am a frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

...Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.

   

I Close My Eyes eue
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in gratitude to all my teachers

Everytime I close my eyes
Everytime - you're there by my side
And I can see your shining face
And joy flows through me like a river, so beautiful and wide

When I close my eyes, you appear
Closing my eyes and breathing in, I feel you near

I go so long forgetting
I lose my way, I travel far from home
Why do I neglect myself?
And how can I forsake you? I don't need to be on my own

When I close my eyes, you appear
Closing my eyes and breathing in, I feel you near

So thank you for everything, you helped me travel far
And I promise to return to you wherever you are
And though your shape shifts a thousand times, you always stay true
Your shape is shifting before me now - but it's always you

When I close my eyes, you appear
Closing my eyes and breathing in, I feel you near
You're my anchor in the storm, the one who went before
You're my guiding light in deepest night, you open the door

   
   

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