More than Anything

by Amanda West

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MORE THAN ANYTHING is Amanda's newest album, a five song EP, featuring her most sophisticated musical production to date. Lush tapestries of sound holding soulfully crafted lyrics create an intimate portrait of the universal journey of new motherhood.

A limited hand-printed edition of only 50 copies were made and sold during the 2015 summer tour. Each one offered a block-print, designed, carved and stamped by Amanda.

We are now pleased to be offering the full album in digital format.
Track #5, "Hello & Goodbye" was originally released as a live version and is available here in a new studio version. A more complex production of the song is currently in process and will soon be available here on Bandcamp, via, CD Baby, on iTunes, and other digital music distribution channels. Stay tuned!

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This album is a story of new motherhood: from longing, to birth, through love, and self-loss to the endless reaching for the Now, it is all more than can ever be anticipated or imagined for it is More Than Anything.

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released June 1, 2015

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All songs by Amanda West

Produced by Pete Solomon & Amanda West
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Pete Solomon
Grandview Studios, Felton, CA Spring/Summer 2015

© p. Amanda West Music (ASCAP)

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Amanda West is an award winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, teacher, and mother. Not afraid of the big questions, she asks: Who are we? Why are we here? What does it mean to be human, and how can we most deeply live our temporary and precious lives?

She is currently working on new recordings. Please visit her website and sign the mailing list to stay in touch~
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Track Name: More Than Anything
MORE THAN ANYTHING
© 2009 Amanda West Music

Hold on my child
stay inside for a while
It’s safe and warm where you are
and there’s a lot to do out here
before you arrive

And I don’t want anything, I don’t want anything
I don’t want anything to be in the way when you come
No I don’t want anything, I don’t want anything
I don’t want anything to be in the way of my love
Mama Love

So not yet my Little One
I’m still figuring out this life on my own
It’s a big strange world out here
A labrynth filled with faith and fear
For us each to weave our way through

And they say there is nothing, they say there is nothing
They say there is nothing that is guaranteed
But I’m still looking for something, reaching for something
Forming something I can tie to my life and be
strong as you’ll need me to be

So just hold on my dear
Your time is not quite here
But I have it all in mind
The day when you arrive

And I know there’ll be nothing, I know there’ll be nothing
I know there’ll be nothing more important than you when you come
So I hope more than anything, more than anything
I hope more than anything we can find a time that’s ripe
For you and for me
For you to be
Born!

On the day, when you arrive
Track Name: The Summer You Were Born
THE SUMMER YOU WERE BORN
© 2012 Amanda West Music

The summer I stayed home
I did not tend my nest
dust stayed on the shelves
projects all unfinished

The summer I stayed home
letters were unwritten
the kitchen was abandoned
and weeds grew in the garden

'Cause the summer I stayed home
there's only one thing that I did
I made a human being
I made a human being
and learned how to love him

The summer I stayed home
no one saw me on the street
I missed every festival,
parade and party

The summer I stayed home
I stepped out of the game
out of the workforce
made no money to my name

'Cause the summer I stayed home
there's only one thing that I did
I made a human being
I made a human being
and learned how to love him

The longest I ever pushed
the most I ever gave
the hardest I ever worked, ever
was the summer I stayed home!
It was the most I ever did
I made a human being
I made a human being
and learned how to love him

The summer I stayed home
felt I'd never leave again
but September always comes
and summer always ends

The summer I stayed home
the summer I stayed home
The summer you were born
The summer you were born!
Track Name: Endless Sky
ENDLESS SKY
© 2013 Amanda West Music

Oh how I’ve loved you all along
I loved you even before the dawn
And with every day that comes rolling by
I love you more like an endless sky

And every start that comes out at night
is really a sun with its own firelight
And all the suns and all the moons
are shadows compared to my love for you

Hmmm

Yes every start that comes out at night
is really a sun with its own firelight
And all the suns and all the moons
are shadows compared to my love for you

So come with me my baby sweet
I’ll kiss your nose and I’ll kiss your feet
I’ll hold you close and sing you a song
and carry you into the dawn

And every start that comes out at night
is really a sun with its own firelight
And all the suns and all the moons
are shadows compared to my love for you
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Yes, all the suns and all the moons
are shadows compared to my love for you
Track Name: Sweet Surrender
by Sarah Mclachlan, © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Track Name: Hello & Goodbye
HELLO & GOODBYE
© 2013 Amanda West Music

Your head is at last on the pillow
Your breathing, even and sweet
I run my fingers over your soft, round cheeks

This little person beside me
will last such a short, short time
Every day we must say “Hello and Goodbye”

It’s in these childhood rhythms
the truth of life comes so clear –
All is temporary, just be Here

When you’re raging in toddler fashion
and pushing against all that I do
each moment feels like forever and I lose

But this little person beside me
will last such a short, short time
Every day we must say “Hello and Goodbye”

And someday somebody else
will be kissing you goodnight
Running fingers over your cheeks now, strong and wise

And this little person beside me
will last such a short, short time
Every day we must say
Every day we must say
Hello and Goodbye
Hello and Goodbye
Hello and Goodbye
Hello and Goodbye