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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, forgiveness...

Words and Music © Monica Max West

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Forgive Me eue
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A song about unmindful speech and forgiveness

I know that I've been clumsy; I know I've spoken out of turn
I know that I've been hasty, oh the bridges I have burned
I know that I've been frightened; I know I've tasted rage
And so to hide away from shame, quick to turn the page

And I'm sorry if I hurt you with so much in me amiss
And I'm sorry that I fell into a deep dark abyss
And I'm sorry for the poison that I held inside my kiss

But can you forgive me? Can you forgive me? Can you forgive?
Can I live with this?

I know that I've been thoughtless; I know that I've been cruel
I know that I've stood rigid trying to obey every rule
I know that I've been self-absorbed; I know that I've lashed out
I know that I've succumbed to fear, forgot what I'm about

And I'm sorry: I did not mean you any malice,
And I'm sorry if I betrayed our ancestral promise
And I'm sorry...I'm sorry

These mistakes, I cannot count them
Too many breaks and too much broken
I did my best, but the torment of regret
Some words are better left unspoken

So from now on, I will be true: I'll go back home to you
I'll go back home to breath and bone


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.


Let Courage Reign eue
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'Just when I needed more courage your song appeared. I feel inspired!' - ECM


Beauty Of You eue
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'This is so beautiful! Can you please perform this song when I get married?' - MLW


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