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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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Freedom, yearning, self-nurture, love, learning...

Words and Music © Monica Max West

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I Sold Your Love On eBay eue
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the sweetest revenge...

   

The Being Close And The Going Far eue
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almost love...but not quite

Typing emails after midnight, all about the moon and now
Resolutely not looking at the clock
You're going on at the keyboard
Trying not to waste time

You're watching the ripples here at home

You're not so keen on foreign travel, hate the packing and unpacking
But want to hear more about reading in bed
When I tell you we're not suited, you dream of sending me a postcard
From a corner of the earth you've never been

The being close and the going far (will I find my lover?)
How I wonder who you are (will I find my love?)
You like to be surprised - some sparks fly in the dark

I write a song about the rain, you spend long hours in the bath
While drunken pigeons scatter our words across town
Too many subjects
Hurtling down like friendly snowballs

You wanna stretch your arms out, not miss a thing

The semi-finals have begun; you're surprised that I'm still here
Might there be a chance after all
Can we keep up this momentum
Or will snowdrifts cut off our areas?

The being close and the going far

   
   
   

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

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

   
   
   

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself eue
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'Thanks for sharing the beautiful song. It really does say it all.' - CC

So you're shy, why not be shy?
Shy is beautiful
You're impulsive, forgetful and impulsive
Wherever you go, whatever you do, you're beautiful

You wouldn't be half so gorgeous if you tried to be someone else
Take your dreams and fly, don't leave your heart so lonely on that shelf
Be beautiful...Be beautiful, be yourself

You love watching the trains, nothing wrong with watching the trains
In the rain, in the sun, you're beautiful
So you're frightened, I can see that you're frightened
In your fear and your pain, you're beautiful

You can hold your head up high, you can hold your head down low
However you hold it, you're beautiful
Be the best friend you've ever had
'Cause nothing about you is bad
Nothing about you is bad
Be beautiful, be yourself

'Cause you wouldn't be half so gorgeous if you tried to be someone else
Take your dreams and fly, don't leave your heart so lonely on that shelf
No, you wouldn't be half so gorgeous - don't try to be someone else
Take your dreams and fly, don't leave your heart so lonely on that shelf
Be beautiful...Be beautiful, be yourself

   

Travelling (I'll Always Come Home To You) eue
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commissioned to celebrate a couple's 14th anniversary

   
   

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