“The Bed Song”


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264 Responses to ““The Bed Song””

  1. LXE

    Every time I listen to the song, a movie reel begins spinning in my imagination. This is that movie. Well done!

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    • martian horses

      Not even a little bit. Your limited grasp of music and melody should not instantly morph into an indictment of someone else’s artistic merit.

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      • Lucika

        :o

        I think they just preferred the lyrics in the other version…?

        don’t think it was an indictment of artistic merit. seems a bit strong.

        (personally I’m fine with Scarborough fair AND van halen and slayer, but I think the new video reverted back to the original lyrics, rather than album lyrics)

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  2. nickmo

    great job… everyone one… you nailed it.. i get put right into the scene from the start.. i love it!

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  3. nom de dieu

    vaguely reminiscent of “Sunny Goodge Street,” but nowhere near as interesting. Poorly recorded vocal.

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  4. OddlyHappy

    Just saw your TED Talk and linked over to your website. I thought I wouldn’t care whether I liked your music because I loved your message. Wonderfully surprised to be so moved by The Bed Song. Not only are the lyrics insightful, but the music is lovely to my untrained ears and open heart, and the video is great. I think I will dare to show it to my mother. Thank you for not just creating but for teaching us how to re-learn how to give and receive. How to ask. Thank you.

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    • brandi eckert

      I couldn’t have said it better! EVERYTHING the person above said! BRAVO….rarely have i been more moved by a Ted Talk ….or by lyrics. You have new and unlikely fans who have been inspired by you old soul wisdom.

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    • Danielle

      I too came here after your Ted Talk. Loved the talk and this video. Both were very moving and affirming that life is about connections and communication.

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    • Katie Sings

      Oddly happy you have said it so eloquently. Amanda, this song is heartbreaking and your TED talk so inspiring. I’m a musician and a lover who has too often been afraid to ask. Thank you for showing me the wonder and surprises that can come from overcoming the fear of something so simple. Something that should be so embedded in our social fabric, I wonder how we have become so proud.

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    • Mike Cowles

      Ditto 100%! You really have such a transparent, beautiful heart. It’s inspiring everyone to love, trust and give more. Please know you’re loved for how you’re changing the world. =]

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    • Keri Ann Messina

      I couldn’t have written a more accurate statement of how I feel too! I also came from Ted.

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    • SaLiMoS

      Well said and 100% agree inspired by the talk and lovely music.

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    • Deneen Peckinpah

      I feel exactly the same way & was so touched by this Bed Song. Thank you!

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    • Laurinda

      ^Same here. I’m traveling around the US couch surfing before buckling in for medical school and every time I get to meet a new person and see a city/town the way they do it reminds me how we really don’t need to be as scared as we are. Your TED talk was wonderful, you music gave me goosebumps, and when I settle in wherever I land my couch is always open.

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  5. Christina Bondurant

    Like OddlyHappy, your TED Talk brought me here. I was so moved by what you had to say about connection, random closeness and giving/receiving fearlessly, I found myself crying halfway through. You are doing something remarkable, Amanda Palmer. THANK YOU.

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  6. Hugs from Hungary

    Your TED talk made me almost cry..i was so moved and inspiered….and then I came here, to hear your music and oh, god!.. now I am one more of your total funs….:-) Love you.

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  7. Jesus M Rojas Torres

    Very beautiful song, it reminded me of another video with the song by Sebastian Tellier “La Ritournelle” which impressed me as well..the same lovable content filled with so much joy and energy! I have featured Amanda Palmer in WHATSUPMIAMI, WUM connected with a story on the Law of Giving by Dr. Chopra on The Spiritual Journalist. OM SHANTI, AMEN, JESUSJAY

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  8. Afrogyrl

    Like others before me TED brought me here. Thank u for yr work, message and courage! Love it!!

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  9. Laura Holzschuh Knudsen

    Brilliant! I am a 43 year old over weight mother of two living in central Minnesota. Not the demographic a recored lable would choose for your music. After watching your Ted talk I wanted to hear one of your songs. I didn’t expect to like burlesque punk but was captivated. After watching I had these thoughts , I hope my children are as aware and connected to our world as you. I hope they find what they are brilliant at. Thought you should hear that. You are brilliant.

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    • jenjen

      This is me except I’m in Canada… same age, same size and I have the exact same statements. I agree… Amanda is brilliant, I wish I had had her courage when I was younger. LOVED the video and song… brought a few tears to my eyes.

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  10. Bridgette Oldridge

    Beautiful thank you. I heard your talk on TED again thank you for what your doing your message will be heard and will make the world a better place.

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  11. RobinB

    Saw the TED also … Glad to have found my way here through that. Thank you for such challenges so beautifully presented. I had heard the lyrics read by Neil Gaiman at MOFO in Hobart in January and seeing this video performance was the polishing of the gem,

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  12. Andreas Kosch

    Saw the TED video of Amanda the art of asking, then being curious about her sound and still thinking about the asking and sharing and the music to be spread…and the fucking german GEMA comes along and cancels the video, because they think they are responsible for artists rights?? I just stumbled over something new, liked to see something new, just listen and see the video and the fact is, in Germany i can’t. Bummer, now I have to find another way to get to know “the bed song”. And just to practice the art of asking, does anybody know a way and would let me know?

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  13. Iris Pollatschek

    Dieses Video ist in Deutschland nichtverfügbar, weil es möglicherweise Musik enthält, für die die erforderlichen Musikrechte von der GEMA nicht eingeräumt wurden… What a bullshit. Your music is not available on youtube in Germany. Is this what you want?

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  14. Julie Vaughn

    whaaaa! This song always makes me cry even without the video. Beautiful.

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  15. Kevin

    Much as OddlyHappy wrote, I saw your TED talk and had to give your music a listen. Thank you. “The Bed Song” wasn’t what I was expecting (which is fine) – and it is truly beautiful and poignant. There are still tears in my eyes, and my heart is reminded to not put away love. Again, thank you.

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  16. kim

    This just inspired me to brush my teeth & greet my husband with a big ol’ fkn kiss. Thank you. ::extends hand w flower::

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  17. Cammie

    Amanda! I saw your TED talk and decided to look up your music. Brilliant!! And moving… Thank you for being You:)

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  18. Gregg Clayton

    I found your Ted talk on Facebook. It was shared by the trombone player from a band I was in in 9th grade. Your words brought tears to my eyes. The bed song is very insightful. You are interesting. Nice to kind of meet you.
    Gregg C

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  19. DAE

    I was touched by your TED talk, thank you for being a leader and inspiration for the human race.

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  20. MaryAnn

    I didn’t trust him… and now he has left me. How do I learn to trust now?

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  21. Bob4814

    As with so many others I saw your TED talk and really appreciated the message. I had to hear the music. At 60 years, living in SW Florida, I know the record companies don’t have a clue that we’d connect this way. Glad to have made your acquaintance in a way that only the net will allow. Looking forward to a day when you can play in Fort Myers. BTW, loved the song. It sadly reminded me of couples I have known who have drifted, out of misplaced fear. PS: Andreas Kosch in Germany would like to see a copy of the video. Can you e-mail it to her? Thanks *

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  22. Anhad

    I wudve told if you’d only asked me…WOW! The lyrics, the piano, the TED talk *inspiration*

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  23. buckeyemama

    Another TED led newbie fan. Amazing video, moving lyrics, beautiful music. You are a true artiste which we are missing in the mainstream noise of same ‘ole, same ‘ole top 40. Wishing you beauty, happiness & success.

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  24. Adrian Kronberg

    Found you through TED and am feeling so blessed to be able to hear and feel your love. Thank you.

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  25. Luis Solia Ser

    I knew you from Coing operated boy, and I just saw your TED talk… it was so inspiring, it’s amazing, congratulations cute! You are doing it right :)

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  26. MaryValley

    Devastating. Blew a hole right through my heart. How does one reach to such pain yet live so seemingly happy and whole?

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    • Esmertina Bicklesnit

      I ask myself this about Amanda All. The. Time! There’s a song on Who Killed Amanda Palmer called Have to Drive that has the lyrics:

      I suffer mornings most of all
      I feel so powerless and small
      By 10 o’clock I’m back in bed
      Fighting the jury in my head.

      When I discovered that song, I was unemployed and depressed, and that was my life *every day.* Somehow Amanda is able to give voice to the emotions that cripple us, while at the same time modeling what kind of life you can have if you aren’t crippled by them. It’s effing inspirational.

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  27. Archie

    From time to time I follow an instinct to visit TED and it always gives me a gift. Today it was some words and a song from Amanda Palmer.
    People ask me everyday how I’m doing and I usually say “Not bad” or something along those lines, but many days what I really mean is “Bitter, angry and cynical” and once or twice I’ve actually said so. People just laugh as if it’s a joke, but in truth, many of them feel the same.
    Amanda has is an artist who can take these kinds of insights and put them out there where people will really listen and think about them and hopefully have a better day or life because of it.
    Thanks Amanda.
    You see some people on the Fringe and think it would be just fine if they fell off the edge, but others you hope will pull the Fringe a little more towards the center.
    Congratulations on your success, and by success I certainly don’t mean financial. Money is just a decoy. Don’t be fooled by it. It’s not what matters most. I can tell you what does but it doesn’t work that way. You need to live and figure it out.

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  28. Jannica Olin

    Amazing TED talk and amazing song. Made me cry also….. We walk around with masks on in this world. WHen all we all really long for is to CONNECT. And, we can ask for that. Before it’s too late.

    Thank you!

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  29. Didi

    I’ve seen this & listened to the song several times, and i cried the first time, and the second. now, it’s still so affecting that my eyes are welling up on the edge of tears red eye kind of state…every fucking time. thanks.

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  30. hudson godfrey

    I think you only told half of the story in your TED talk. Having asked and received you clearly felt obliged to do something really amazing. So you did, here it is. And if thank you isn’t too small a gesture then rest assured what went unsaid tells the other half of that story amazingly well !

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  31. Chris

    I was not familiar with you of your music. I saw your TED talk and you inspired me. So much is there for the asking, but we are afraid to ask. You put out trust and love and fearlessness and that’s what you get back. I wanted to know more about you and so I went to your web site and watched/listened to “The Bed Song” video. I was completely moved, I cried because your lyrics were so bittersweet, sad and beautiful. I don’t know you but I know that you are beautiful. Thank you Chris

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  32. Bryan Mitchell

    I to am here because of your TED talk. Didn’t care if I liked your music or not. I do. The thing I’m proud of in my 46 year life is that I have never quit or given up. I want to all the time. People like you help me keep going. Thank You.

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  33. Lauren

    I am weeping…grateful my tears are not out of fear that this is my situation, but out of recognition that it is so many others. Three years ago February 15th, I leapt out of a marriage that I feared might take my spirit. It is my life mission to continue opening my heart to all those around me (including my ex husband) in an attempt to share, find connection and love with own spirit and the world around me…giving and receiving. Our world’s greatest hope is vulnerability! I am opening a holistic community healing center this spring…would you come and share your music at our opening? Our website will be up soon..,,CenterForHealingCommunity.com Thank you for your TED talk… You and your music resonate….xo I hope you will come.

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  34. Shai Lipkovich

    Amanda, I too discovered you through the TED talk. I want to tell you that you’ve inspired me to relax into the world even with all of my vulnerabilities. Your confidence is magnetic – I want to be able to open up in the same way without fear with others. Please couchsurf by me! (profile: http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=1VXSJVP)
    I want to be afflicted by your openness! Even if we never meet, I want to promise to myself, you and the world to open up just like you did!

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    • Shai Lipkovich

      And of course, all good souls reading this here can definitely also apply for a couch by me!

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  35. beandog

    you are a heart-ripping genius. thank you for making the things you do. please keep on, beauty.

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  36. bardharp

    I hugged my wife, for a long moment. Kissed her. And hugged some more. Remembering, and renewing. Thank you for your song. And your TED talk.

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  37. bardharp

    I hugged my wife, for a long moment. Kissed her. And hugged some more. Remembering, and renewing. Thank you for your song. And your TED talk.

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  38. trolt

    Your Ted Talk made me think about street performers differently. Thank you for sharing your insights, your music and your creativity with the world. :)

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  39. Leandro

    I just want to say a big “Thank you” for showing people they must go after what they believe, and, while at it, change the world a bit into a better place.

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  40. michael

    I have just seen you on TED and watched your video of The Bed Song. Now I have tears and trust and hope and they are all good. Thank you.

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  41. Brighton Dub

    Like so many others, I came to your site via your inspiring TED talk. The talk was inspiring and the music really moved me. You’ve made a ol’ fifty-something music fan feel positive again. And for that alone, many thanks xxxx

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  42. your fave R

    must’ve been just for me (non-electified) – remember cloud9….

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  43. CagedEmotionally

    Just like the many before me, I also saw your TED Talk and fell in love with not only the idea but the spirit behind the person saying it. I aspire to be able to have that personal connection with others absent of fear and in a deeper way than just through our words. Not only are your lyrics beautiful and abstract, but your ability to visually represent them with your own style is inspiring. You have helped show me that there can be more than the cliched music videos my friends post everyday. For that I thank you.

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  44. David Duncan

    Great Ted Talk and who would have thought I would find you through Ted. I love your spirit and your energy along with your creativity.

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  45. Rita

    Just saw you on TED. I loved your message. I had never heard of you before so I thought I’d take a peak at your music, and it blew me away. The Bed Song, I’t deaply touched my heart. You have a new fan.

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  46. Michael

    Thank you for your beautiful words. You truly moved my today.

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  47. Brooke Nelson

    I love this. Not something I would normally seek out, but thanks, TED, for bringing me here. So raw with just piano and voice.

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  48. Elizabeth

    Thanks for the challenge of the TED talk, Bed Song=slices like an emotional razor (in a good way). I’m enjoying touring your work and testing my own comfort zone with some of the subjects. (demographic: 43 year old, female, married, Colorado…if you’re tracking stats).

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  49. Rachel Cooper Castillo

    count me in with the new fan base. I am so inspired. This is a beautiful song and a beautiful message and and even more beautiful artist. What a blessing….Thank you.

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  50. You're #1 fan

    You made me cry in the good kind of way.
    Thank you. <3

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  51. SofieKraghMuller

    Dear Amanda. I am a writer and as an artist it is so inspiring to listen to you (music/talk). Somehow I believe its a part of a movement going one right now. A new way of living. I think a lot about it … how do i as a writer in a little country not make, but let people pay for litterature … So thank you so much for the talk! You may come to Scandinavia … Even if you dont need a couch anymore:-)

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  52. Thomas Mende

    A ironic story:
    I watched your TED talk, and i wanted to see more from you. That’s why I wanted to see on youtube. But that did not work. Why not ?
    The GEMA – a German music rights society represents the claims of musicians and drives a the license fees. Therefore Youtube-Germany has blocked your songs.

    Isn’t that ironic?

    YOUR Music! Your! :o

    Thomas

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  53. Hugh

    Wonderful idea and way to get your music out. I really like your music.

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  54. Karleen

    Thank you Amanda, for your great coureagous and beautiful story, and I just listened to The Bed Song, am deeply touched. You are very very special

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  55. Rick Schallack

    Re-found you from the TED talk on Upworthy. Saw your Kickstarter, which started me donating. Not to your project, since I didn’t know your music, but to others. Never listened but don’t know why. Great song. Very well written. Can’t cry cause I’m at work. I’ll have to turn my 15 year-old onto your music.

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  56. Nodrog

    Your TED performance made me feel so good, as I have feared “asking” Love your style, music and philosophy.

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  57. Hemi Boso

    Moody, wistful, existential, brave, unflinching, raw, authentic, tender, real, moving … tears …

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  58. Patriciab

    I also watched the TED talk. I’m sure you, being as insightful as you are, know how many more fans you going to gain through this action. You are so awake. I’ve only listened to the bed song – can’t wait to see the burlesque punk – somehow I knew it would be some form of performance music without hearing/watching any yet. Love the video. I am a 61 yr. old woman who has been in the same relationship for 34 years. The song touched me greatly. I posted the TED talk on my facebook page. Your are brilliant and all the other things people have said before me. BRAVO!

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  59. Ruti Machnai

    I so loved your TED talk, Amanda. I felt so much connection to you and appreciate your heart, your vulnerability. I know what its like being a human being/musician these days who need to find our way out there to be heard and loved and supported… But we are all simply the children of the planet and are all meant to have equal rights to enjoy its goods. Why is it that we have to enslave ourselves to get what we rightfully deserve?… Your art is so meaningful and i love your touch of real in everything. Im so happy you’re here on the planet and that you are known to many… I wish you the greatest things life can offer- to me thats quality connection with people with as much vulnerability as possibile. Which ou clearly have. Trust. You are beautiful. If you read this and feel the need to contact me I will love that very much. i hope to meet you in person one day…

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  60. Kat Clements

    I don’t think I’ve ever cried from seeing a music video before. I came here after watching your TED talk, curious to know what your music was like. This song is really beautiful. Seeing your talk and listening to this, especially right after reading “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom…it really made me think about time, people, relationships, and how we interact with the world and each other. Truly and deeply moving. Thank you so much for shining this message of trust and hope into a dark world.

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  61. Tara

    I also saw your ted talk and then checked out your website. I was touched by your real-ness and openness. You are inspiring. I then watched the video above and was deeply moved by this song. I am glad to have discovered your music! Thank you for your contribution to this world!

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  62. Mandy

    Wow. I can’t wait to listen to more of your music. I’d also love more videos of the wisdom you have to share with us.

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  63. Shaun Hatcher Kelley

    When you mentioned “My Sharona” in “Melody Dean” I LAUGHED OUT LOUD. Yeah, likewise I am here because of your TED talk. I came to listen because I really hoped you weren’t some kind of hipster drivel. Guess I should have known better because of how effective–and moving–your talk was. Even though I’m a Tough Guy during your talk I was tearing up…as i also did in “Bed Song”.

    Shaun HATCHER Kelley

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  64. Lukaa

    just made me cry like a boy I used to be twenty years ago. thank you.

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  65. Wouter Olivier

    Like most of my fellow fans, I just saw the TED Talk video. Thank you, you’ve changed my life.. Even as I sit here typing, tears are streaming down my cheeks.. Never before have I had less (wealth and worldly possessions) than I have now but never before have I been as rich (hope and gratitude) Now I understand that there is no shame in asking. It’ll be a shame if you don’t ask.. Thank you Amanda and your wonderful band. May you be blessed more than ever !

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  66. Kevin Moore

    As so many others have said, loved the TED talk and the link to your web page and The Bed Song. Lovely song and so true. I’ll now spend the evening going over all your other songs as well. I’ve just discovered a new artist who I think will quickly become a favourite. Kevin in Saskatchewan

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  67. Julia Martens

    One person said it and it’s what impresses me the most about you – your courage. Courage to be strong, to speak, to see and to connect without fear of having to give too much.

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  68. Krisrawk

    We watched you on Ted. Thank god for your sharing. There are more of us out there… : ) LOVE the Bed Song

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  69. Shelby Raymond

    Breathtaking. Soul deep. Precious and beautiful. This 48 year old Canadian also saw your TED talk and stopped by to see and hear more of you. I too was nervous….Punk and burlesque? What? I LOVE your music, your fearlessness and your compassion. Thank YOU!

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  70. Shelby Raymond

    Breathtaking. Soul deep. Precious and beautiful. This 48 year old Canadian also saw your TED talk and stopped by to see and hear more of you. I too was nervous….Punk and burlesque? What? I LOVE your music, your fearlessness and your compassion. Thank YOU!

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  71. Kalala

    Thanks for bringing your message to the world, Amanda. I hope that you stir people to be open and ask for what they need and move toward being more open and loving.

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  72. Øystein Jakobsen

    I wanted to support you after the TED talk, but I don’t want to establish a Paypal account just to give you your well deserved money. They are evil and douchey.

    Please – set up an alternative payment system, like Google Wallet or Amazon. Theyre slightly less douchy, and just as easy to use.

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  73. Nathalie

    Hey, many of us come from TED to salute you. You’re awesome. Thank you.

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    • Nathalie

      By the way, I was really touched by that song and video- The Bed, it is basically my parent’s love story…

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  74. Mike

    I, too, watched your “8″ foot woman Ted video and I was impressed by not only what you said but how you said it. So I goggle your name and ended up on the “The Bed Song”, I’m totally blown away. How insightful you are for such a young person. Your song made me appreciate my wife even more and helped me realize just how lucky I am. Count me in as one of your fans. Thanks! You can crash at our place anytime!

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  75. Drian

    Wow what a fantastic song…its rare to find such good music these days!

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  76. Alice

    did you know that YOUR video which YOU decided to show for free on YOUR website (one should think you can decide about your work…) is not available in Germany because german gema (the company that collects money for all publicly broadcasted music) prohibits it? ….

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  77. Sue Jordan

    I too came to your website after viewing you TED Talk! Very moving and insightful! The Bed song is absolutely thought provoking as well!! Sure made me think….thank you so much

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  78. Starlight Kauai

    Very inspiring Ted talk. thank you. I just feel so blesed, i did not realize it till you shared more the way you roll, that once way back 2005 I was inspired to engage one of. Your Adventures and step up to become brigade member in exchange for tickets in Hamburg. and all worked out and made it all so much more fun. Mahalo glad to see you again on stage. <3 aloha from pacific.

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  79. The Carguy

    Saw your TED talk and had to find you’re space online. Totally inspired by your Talk and equally so with your Bed song. Thank You for your life experience!

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  80. McLaren Linda

    Life. Love. So easy to let it slip away.
    This was both beautiful and confronting, Amanda.

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  81. Lili

    Hey Amanda, I had no idea who you were about 20 minutes ago. Just watched your Ted talk… Rewinded it to my favourite part. Googled your tunes and fell in love. Thanks for sharing the inspiration with the world, Ive sent my support and this is my thank you. =)
    -Love, another artist

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  82. Lili

    Hey Amanda, I had no idea who you were about 20 minutes ago. Just watched your Ted talk… Rewinded it to my favourite part. Googled your tunes and fell in love. Thanks for sharing the inspiration with the world, Ive sent my support and this is my thank you. =)
    -Love, another artist

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  83. Lili

    Hey Amanda, I had no idea who you were about 20 minutes ago. Just watched your Ted talk… Rewinded it to my favourite part. Googled your tunes and fell in love. Thanks for sharing the inspiration with the world, Ive sent my support and this is my thank you. =)
    -Love, another artist

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  84. Lili

    Hey Amanda, I had no idea who you were about 20 minutes ago. Just watched your Ted talk… Rewinded it to my favourite part. Googled your tunes and fell in love. Thanks for sharing the inspiration with the world, Ive sent my support and this is my thank you. =)
    -Love, another artist

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  85. Lu

    wow. now I’m just crying uncontrollably. thank you, Amanda, for making me feel so much <3

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  86. Paul Sterling

    WOW – thanks for you vision of the world and doing business business differently. I teach compassionate communication to couples based on the principles of Nonviolent communication. I have always wanted to distribute my ebook, mp3s and workshops in a different way.

    I love your ideas.

    Paul Sterling
    Intimacy Coach
    http://www.magicrelationship.net

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  87. Paul Sterling

    WOW – thanks for you vision of the world and doing business business differently. I teach compassionate communication to couples based on the principles of Nonviolent communication. I have always wanted to distribute my ebook, mp3s and workshops in a different way.

    I love your ideas.

    Paul Sterling
    Intimacy Coach
    http://www.magicrelationship.net

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  88. Paul Sterling

    WOW – thanks for you vision of the world and doing business business differently. I teach compassionate communication to couples based on the principles of Nonviolent communication. I have always wanted to distribute my ebook, mp3s and workshops in a different way.

    I love your ideas.

    Paul Sterling
    Intimacy Coach
    http://www.magicrelationship.net

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  89. DidoQueenofCarthage

    This song strips everything into pieces with the diameter of a photon in my head and in my heart and massive massive massive sobbing of a disproportionally demented nature there is a 96% chance I now look like a weeping yeti or possibly a fish thank you so much Amanda for giving me something beautiful the song and the stories and the dollars in the hat and the flower and I’ve forgotten how to punctuate I’m 13 years old and I think I’ll be hearing this when I’m 133 and…

    Thank you. There are more words but they’re not good enough.

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  90. Bhavisha

    Saw your TED talk and I think your message is really inspiring. Haven’t heard much of your stuff over here in the UK but would definitely love to see you live! Will donate to support you and your art just because its the right thing to do. The Bed song is great, my parents loved it too! Very moving and you rocked the keys! Thank you.

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  91. Pinedon

    After watching this, I feel like there’s an like axe cracked into my chest. I find myself crying and can’t stop. However, I can’t say that I’ve experienced anything quite like the subject of the song. Even so, I mourn uncontrollably. Something about this has struck me and unlocked a torrent of raw emotion, lain dormant. Whose source I cannot say.

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  92. Lost in Morocco

    I had never heard your music before, nor even knew of your name, till I saw you on Ted.Talks. I couldn’t agree more about your philosophy of paying what you want, of not being forced to pay but of wanting to pay. I only wish I could pay. Maybe someday.. for the time being I will share share share.

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  93. C. Scott Davis

    Are the official lyrics to the new version of The Bed Song available anywhere? I only ask because the ones I’ve seen posted online and the cover versions I’ve heard all vary a bit, and there are a few places where I’m not quite sure of the exact words in the actual song.

    Much thanks! Love “The Bed Song” and love “Theatre is Evil”!

    Cheers,
    C. Scott Davis

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  94. Lisa Be

    You are such an inspiration. I love your music and your message. <3

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  95. Stephanie

    Amanda, I can’t find the words. I was moved by your TED talk and came to your site. The Bed Song has me choked up. I wish no one had ever yelled at you to get a job, but then again, you wouldn’t be who you are today. I am moved by you and thank you for the flower.

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  96. Stephanie

    Amanda, I can’t find the words. I was moved by your TED talk and came to your site. The Bed Song has me choked up. I wish no one had ever yelled at you to get a job, but then again, you wouldn’t be who you are today. I am moved by you and thank you for the flower.

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  97. Stephanie

    Amanda, I can’t find the words. I was moved by your TED talk and came to your site. The Bed Song has me choked up. I wish no one had ever yelled at you to get a job, but then again, you wouldn’t be who you are today. I am moved by you and thank you for the flower.

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  98. Cindy

    I just watch your Ted Talk..I apologize I was someone who probably walked by you and thought wow that must be awful. My friend share your talk on Facebook. Very powerful and I have learned again never judge..Thank you for teaching me an old lesson.

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  99. Alvarina

    Gorgeous. Also in tears. Thank you for these gifts and insight.

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  100. Vivilala

    YES YES YES, echoes of ALL written below (that is positive – haven’t yet seen any negative but if it’s there, not that). Blessings and gratitude for your open hearted wisdom. xx

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  101. Fernando Fidelis Vasconcelos

    A nova relação entre artistas e públicos. Abaixo a “velha opinião formada sobre tudo”. Abaixo a soberania comercial do lucro e do capital. Não é pirataria, é compartilhamento. Do fã para o artista, do artista para o fã. Que uma nova onda surja.

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  102. Laca

    Hey! This is one of the deepest and saddest song I ever heard. It is so true sometimes, we just too busy to ask, we just too busy to listen and the life pass over…. thank you for this song… wish you lot of questions and ears

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  103. Nick Vannello

    Found you through TED. Downloaded that video and watch it daily now. Then went to Spotify to learn of your music. I’ve had my head in the sand. Then this video…..THIS.

    You’re Lucille Ball, Stephen Sondheim, and Edith Piaf rolled into one beautiful package. Off to give you cash – and if I find that you’re anywhere near me, I’m taking you and the entire crew out to dinner. Promise.

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  104. Megan Dushin

    You got my vote! Saw TED Talk, came here, and am blown. You rock lady, and you know it. (BTW I love hairy armpits and have had them my whole life – in my mid 40s now!) Thanks for confirming the value of human connection and relationship.

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  105. Rory Boen

    Every-time I listen to you; I can’t help but wonder if we were checking each-other out when you were signing autographs after you opened up for Nine Inch Nails in Phoenix. Interesting song by a lovely woman… This morning I was listening to:

    “…Yesterdays and USED TO BE’s
    With just a mattress on the floor
    In that place where we used to stay
    You made me feel…” –Todd Snider

    Somehow I found this this afternoon ;D

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  106. Paul Marcus

    OK. Fine. I surrender, Amanda. As a musician and songwriter, I came to your site, ready to join (out of envy, I’m quite sure) the people in the cars and the “jury” in your head that says “Get a job”. My version would have been “Make some REAL music”. I decided to finally check out what you’re REALLY about.
    This song kills. Your raw honesty reminds me of what I loved about classic rock artists as wide-ranging as early Joni Mitchell and early Pete Townshend of, of course, The Who. Then I went to the TED talk. Gorgeous. Yes, that’s it. Just ask and “let fans by our music”. You are one bright, talented and big-hearted woman and artist. OK. Fine. I surrender. I’m a fan!
    Paul Marcus
    paulmarcusmusic.com

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  107. guny

    86 years old, moved by your message. Doing some Tikkun Olam and will be less afraid to ask. Love and blessing

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  108. Charles

    I think watching your video on Ted Talks and listening to “Bed Song” fits right into my newly-minted phase of my life. I’m in a phase of my life where I’m seeking honest positivity. Yes, I’m not going to share stuff about me. This is an empty box, and I need to spill. My life has been strange, and I’ve been hard-wired to ask negative questions and seek cynical answers that prove my questions right. Instead, I’ve decided to shift my paradigm and change my polarity. But my poetry and lyrics are jaded holdovers in the comfortable chair of my familiar, embrace of darkness. But shouldn’t I abandon every boat anchor? Shouldn’t I shift my poetic and lyrical paradigm too? Would it be selling out, to amend my philosophy and art to seek sugar instead of vinegar?

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  109. Karl G

    I saw your Ted Talk and i absolutely love it. You got it right

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  110. gee

    TED Talks sent me here and I am so glad to have heard, seen, and experienced this beautiful, sad, lonely and loving work.

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  111. livredder

    I am glad that I found you. Hope that you appreciate my contribution and give me a hint if you’re in a need of anything when you come or tour in Norway. Best KAS

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  112. Guest

    (Your bed song is on repeat as I write this). I have never heard
    of you before until watching your TED Talk. I am a little blown away by you.
    Your attitude and perspective on things is so unique and wonderful, I can only
    hope that it will continue to influence whoever crosses your path like it has
    me. Your fearlessness to live, experience, and connect with human beings is
    admirable. Your confidence in who you are and what you stand for is so radiant
    and influential. You really bring to focus what is important in our lifetimes
    and what is of little value. I love it; it honestly makes me smile. You are a
    breath of fresh air when I’ve needed it most. Because of who you are, and what
    you have done/ will do I am reminded of the possibilities in my life. I am reminded
    to remain fearless and to follow my heart, despite the popular vote or what
    society expects of me, to stay true to myself no matter what. I am reminded of
    how important every human connection truly is and to cherish every interaction
    as if it were the last.

    Not to mention your music is beautiful, so real and pure that it
    really does resonate deeply with any listener. Keep it up; you are making an
    incredible difference. You are reshaping things for the better.

    Thank you,

    -Shandi Renae

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  113. Guest

    (Your bed song is on repeat as I write this). I have never heard
    of you before until watching your TED Talk. I am a little blown away by you.
    Your attitude and perspective on things is so unique and wonderful, I can only
    hope that it will continue to influence whoever crosses your path like it has
    me. Your fearlessness to live, experience, and connect with human beings is
    admirable. Your confidence in who you are and what you stand for is so radiant
    and influential. You really bring to focus what is important in our lifetimes
    and what is of little value. I love it; it honestly makes me smile. You are a
    breath of fresh air when I’ve needed it most. Because of who you are, and what
    you have done/ will do I am reminded of the possibilities in my life. I am reminded
    to remain fearless and to follow my heart, despite the popular vote or what
    society expects of me, to stay true to myself no matter what. I am reminded of
    how important every human connection truly is and to cherish every interaction
    as if it were the last.

    Not to mention your music is beautiful, so real and pure that it
    really does resonate deeply with any listener. Keep it up; you are making an
    incredible difference…reshaping things for the better.

    Thank you,

    -Shandi Renae

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  114. Shandi Renae Hass

    (Your bed song is on repeat as I write this). I have never heard
    of you before until watching your TED Talk. I am a little blown away by you.
    Your attitude and perspective on things is so unique and wonderful, I can only
    hope that it will continue to influence whomever crosses your path like it has
    me. Your fearlessness to live, experience, and connect with human beings is
    admirable. Your confidence in who you are and what you stand for is so radiant
    and influential. You really bring to focus what is important in our lifetimes
    and what is of little value. I love it; it honestly makes me smile. You are a
    breath of fresh air when I’ve needed it most. Because of who you are, and what
    you have done/ will do I am reminded of the possibilities in my life. I am reminded
    to remain fearless and to follow my heart, despite the popular vote or what
    society expects of me, to stay true to myself no matter what. I am reminded of
    how important every human connection truly is and to cherish every interaction
    as if it were the last.

    Not to mention your music is beautiful, so real and pure that it
    really does resonate deeply with any listener. Keep it up; you are making an
    incredible difference… reshaping things for the better.

    Thank you,

    -Shandi Renae

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  115. Thomas Zoebelein

    Amanda your Ted talk was so inspirational I had to pay you back. Its not a huge donation, but Thank you for giving me an idea which just might save my business.

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  116. GemaSucks

    Unfortunatly, this video is not available in Germany because it MAY contain music for which gema has not granted the respective music rights.

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  117. Angela Bowers

    Someone posted your TED video on facebook. I WATCHED. I SHARED. I LOVED. I admire your ability to “ask”. I have social anxiety so the thought of even just talking to someone I don’t know super well face to face scares me to death, but this made me feel like one day I would like to be able to. THANK YOU!

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  118. Emily

    Absolutely beautiful. You and your music! Thank you for being you. I can’t wait to see you this weekend in Milwaukee!

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  119. Dean Omori

    TED made me cry, such honesty and integrity is hard to find but so easily recognised. As a poor songwriter working with Amnesty, Greenpeace and WWF, you have given me the encouragement to hold my hand out and ask. Thank you Dean Omori x

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  120. Damien Edwards

    Saw the TED talk as well. Rarely have I been moved as much to followup. Thanks Amanda.

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  121. Just me

    Just watched your TED talk. Thank you for seeing the people who don’t get seen and for finding a nurse who knows what a neti pot is! I don’t know your music, but that doesn’t matter, I am learning. I am a fan from Oz. xxx

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  122. SlightlyMoreFaithInHumanity

    Probably one of the best songs I ever heard.
    Also came here after seeing your TED talk, you are awesome!

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  123. Deneen Peckinpah

    I’ve just watched/listened to “In My Mind” and it could be my theme song. & the ending is SO perfect, “I am exactly the person that I want to be.” It has taken me until olderliness to get to this point & yet I get to know that well before I check out, so I’m lucky. You, too, dearheart. & thanks so much for the intro to brainpickings…fabulous site.

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  124. C.L.

    Like others – I saw your TED talk and was elated that I also enjoy your music. If you’re ever on Florida’s east coast – you can crash in my spare bdrm anytime!

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  125. Vicki Rutherford

    I just watched your Ted Talk as well and came her to see more! The Bed Song made me cry…after 38 years together I know we will end the same way, till death do us part. :(

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  126. Vicki Rutherford

    I just watched your Ted Talk as well and came here to see more! The Bed Song made me cry…after 38 years together I know we will end the same way, till death do us part. :(

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  127. Glock21

    As a vet with PTSD, I unfortunately tend to play the role of the cold and distant in my relationships. Oddly, I also tend to share the frustration and hurt my partner feels when I’m not able to access the well of emotion behind the curtain. It may be unintentional, but art like this (and Blake and Killing Type, etc) helps express what I often can’t (at least well). A flower to you.

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  128. Lisa

    I have just discovered you today and “the Bed Song” moved me to tears…your insight and lyrics blew me away….I am speechless…thank you for sharing your gift…and for opening my eyes…

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  129. BBe

    I so very much like this song, it connected me with something I have to do for a long time!!!! And I burst out in tears…Thank you so much!

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  130. Tanya Wells

    Not only did I love your TED talk but I fine myself loving your music as well. You are simply Awesome. Hope you stay awesome even as your popularity grows :D

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  131. jason killpack

    I just watched your Ted talks video as well , brilliant message and heart. It is purely inspiring but not surprising that a true artist thinks and lives like you do, most people who are pursuing music today do it for all the wrong reasons. Music is meant to connect, effect change, to encourage thinking and unite our hearts , minds and souls in love. I thoroughly enjoy your music, the bed song is heart breaking and touching, very thought provoking. Thank you! for everything.

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  132. RONI

    Loved your words both on TED AND LYRICS
    ..courage and glory for you

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  133. aidan

    For you letter to the daily mail… you made me laugh so much, you inspired me and gave me more hope in humanity. thank you

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  134. Rachel

    Came here from your TED talk, had no idea who you were (now I do- thanks Google). Started looking for some of your music to listen to and this was the first video I hit. I think I started crying about a minute in, thank you for speaking to me x

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  135. Gerdiebirdie

    Even you made it free to share, I cannot watch it in Germany, because of their stupid Copyright policy….

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  136. Juliet Easton

    Saw your Ted Talk. Was blown away. I started crying within a few seconds. Found your site. Watched your videos. OMG. You go to places most people are afraid to look. Thank you! You are my new hero!

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  137. Eliah Reilly

    Amazing! Ted Talk, Bed Song…you’ve moved my heart and offered me hope, and love, and a true-ness about ourselves that is needful of sharing. Thank you for the reminder that giving and receiving are one; that our connectedness is really there and all we need to do is reach out for the hand that we think we don’t quite yet see. It is there. We are here together. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  138. midiac

    Wow! I too am a recent viewer of your TED Talk, and now a devote follower and inspired composer / musician / performer myself. LOVE the bed song! Can’t wait to share it with my wife! Thank you for teaching (reminding) me / us all . . . a very valuable concept.

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  139. Mirjam

    the best text I have EVER heard! Thank you Amanda! Still crying, typing through my tears!

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  140. Rebecca Thompson

    Like others, I saw your TED Talk, searched for your music, and found “The Bed Song”. Love your song! Yes, we have lost our connection with one another. You clearly point out the problem. How do we change this? Where is the solution? How do we reconnect to community? As you point out the problem ….. Amala Joy points out a solution….. here: http://amalafarm.com/index.html one that can be replicated anywhere a person, who wants to establish community, lives. Thank you for sharing your gift to the world! May we all step out of our fear and help reconnect!

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  141. Kate

    I don’t remember the last time my head swayed to and fro from a piano melody. I’m surprisingly speechless….Beautiful, outstanding piece of art! I found you from a Facebook post of your “Dear Daily Mail” piece. I am purchasing your music now….and then off to Ted, as I see from prior comments.
    Thank You!

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  142. kaplunkiigirl

    Loved it, thank you. I cried at the stupidity and felt so grateful that I have let go of so many of my fears. I loved your TED talk and laughed out loud at your Daily Mail song. You bring me closer to my own authenticity, in a BIG way, and I like that. Thank you.

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  143. Rebecca

    Just saw the Ted talk also and it brought me here…listened to the bed song and now I’m crying- thanks a lot! I think you’re amazing. Keep doing what you do. Xo

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  144. ChemChris

    I don’t know if it says more about me or about the song that this is the only song I have ever listened to in my entire life which made me cry. I’m pretty sure that this song should be required listening for anyone who is married, especially if they find themselves confused by why their spouse seems unreasonably unable to read minds (like I apparently do)…..

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  145. Simon G.

    Sorry, Almanda! It is so obviously you are thinking all time about money and how to get more and more. Your main work is to ask for money. Yes, this is what actually is your job- asking people for money. But something very important- you are really very clever and smart. You know what tio want to and how to get it. Go ahead, gilr. They are so many stupid people in the world!

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  146. Peter Van Lone

    Nice – there must be a place for this sensibility in the world. My instinct is that commercialism and the strictures of capital have squeezed aside too much of what real “value” is. I thank you for the shtick – the thoughtfulness – that offers another way to see through the miasma.

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  147. Kristy Smith-Palmer

    Looking for some inspiration today, I ventured over to TED talks, and there you were! I was drawn to your name, as its one I have rejected until today for the most part – I usually stick with my maiden name as my husbands family is less than kind, less than inspirational and stands for everything that I believe is truly wrong with our world. Thank you for inspiring me today, as I found “family” within a stranger’s voice, within a stranger’s message: One that I find connection and family within the message. Your message to me is what Christianity is intended to be, dares to be, but within our society falls short. Thank you for sharing! My day is inspired because of you.

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  148. Danika Disquietude

    Please come to San Antonio, Texas. I donated and I adore you and your causes! Thanks for reading!

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  149. Matt Hammond

    Good talk on TED – nice video: inspires my belief that artists who have something valuable to say will share their ideas for free and the love they put out will come back from the universe. Struck a particular chord in your mention of Metallica – turned on them when they turned on us – Napster could have been a free publishing platform, instead it got shut down because the music industry only saw the short-sighted vision as it affected their exploitative, antiquated business model.

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  150. Cara

    A Facebook friend posted your talk on TED and Wow what an eye opener. I love the talk and it sure touched me. Thank you and I like the above Bed Song..

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  151. itllallworkout

    I just had a completely unexpected cry while listening to The Bed Song. My gf and I are in that exact situation. Communication is the key to every relationship, I know that, but it took you to give me the final push to do something about our lack of communication. Thank you – I needed to hear just that song right now. Damn, I can’t stop crying. I’m a 34 year old male, who hasn’t cried since my daughter was born, btw.

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