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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

   

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

   
   
   

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.

   

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

   
   

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