Working Weeks

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MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'CRYING IN PUBLIC':
www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5USMHksTqI

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released July 28, 2016

All songs written and performed by ¡Ay Carmela!
Recorded and produced by Danny Gibbins at Subvert Studio in Tolworth and at Dovetown in Uxbridge
Artwork by Akbar Ali
Released on Dovetown (UK)

¡Ay Carmela! are:
Carmela Pietrangelo - vocals and guitar
Laura Ankles - bass guitar and backing vocals
Jaca Freer - drums and percussion

Also featuring:
Danny Gibbins - keyboard

Thanks to our parents and siblings, the Doveton family and Dovetown crew, Cowley Thrillhouse-mates, Danny Gibbins, Lee at Subvert Studio, Marcela and Marcelo, and all the queer punks who have let us stay in their beds and on their floors. (And the capitalist wage system for inspiring most of the lyrics.)

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DIY indie / punk from West London.

Queer, vegan, feminist, anti-capitalist.

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Track Name: Make It Up
Don't stop moving cause if you stop moving
You might have time to think
And if you have time to think you might start to question
All the things you do to fill your time

We meet at the end of the working day
In a bar that's far too self aware
Can't you see the absurdity
Of two kids like us playing like we're grown up

Make it up as we go along
Tell yourself you're doing everything you ought to do
Try a different outfit on
Act like you know just what you're talking about

Why do we do this to ourselves, get up when we're sleeping
Smile without joy, say things we don't believe in
You echo their words with drunk conviction
But your eyes tell me something different

And on the night bus back the city changed appearance
It felt like something else could happen
What if we stay on past our stop, go in the opposite direction
And walk and walk and walk until it's light?

Make it up as we go along
Tell yourself you're doing everything you ought to do
Try a different outfit on
Cause no one really knows what they're on about
Track Name: Crying In Public
Summer comes round with a sigh, a long awaited apology
Too little, too late
You're tired of crying, sick of hiding, your body's worn and dull
But it's good to be outside

And the streets look exactly as when you left them, why the mild surprise?
It's the same town with a little less colour now

Winter held you at knife point, now it's hard to recall
What made you feel so small
And you're fine until they play the song she'd put on repeat
To wake you

But now there's a lump in your throat and your vision's blurred with tears
The cashier looks at you blankly as you quickly take your change
And stumble onto the street where the sunlight stings your face
How could everybody carry on as if the whole world hadn't just undergone
A transformation, a change of heart, a loss of meaning, an empty start

So you make your excuses, push your way past the people
To some empty side road
Well there's no need to feel stupid, don't beat yourself up
You're doing fine

Still it's hard when nothing makes any sense, what did you expect?
You can read the signs, still you draw a blank

And now there's a lump in your throat and your vision's blurred with tears
The cashier looks at you blankly as you quickly take your change
And stumble onto the street where the sunlight stings your face
How could everybody carry on as if the whole world hadn't just undergone
A transformation, a change of heart, a loss of meaning, an empty start
Track Name: The Ordinary
Once the sight of you was met with fear
Your word was the last one
Your friends had your back, your enemies stood no chance
Your girlfriends had no say they did it your way
You used to fight the law, now you battle it out with the bureaucrats
Oh the agony of an ordinary existence

You say you remember when men were men, winners were winners and you always won but now your
Outdated notions have all switched places
Cause the kids started playing a different game, where your name no longer means a thing and now your
Face goes unrecognised
You have to stand in line, like every other nobody
Oh the agony of anonymity

Your money lived in loopholes but now you're getting fucked like the rest of us
Oh the agony of an ordinary life
Serves you right
Track Name: Birds
Come on autumn come on rain
Bring my love in summer's wake
Are his eyes full of foreign skies?
Do his lips still bear my name?

The things that money makes you do
Sends love packing across the waves
Trickles down, does it? Does it hell
And when the day ends is there anything left for me?

Or am I still left wanting?

In this dead town I wait
Where people turn bird and migrate
Further, for longer
Lining someone else's nest

And when he returns
Will there be too big a distance?
After all the talk of unity and plenty
This land's let us down

And I am still left wanting

Come on autumn come on rain
Bring my love in summer's wake
Bring him weary, bring him strong
If we thought we had a choice we thought wrong
Track Name: Don't Congratulate Me (For My Mediocrity)
I think I've lost my appetite
That or I've just had enough
Of all the clapping and cheering, and drinking and dancing
To songs that I don't really like
I can see you're trying your best to cheer me
And it doesn't go unnoticed, still
You say it's never too late to try
Oh but it feels too late to change

It's not how I imagined it
Penning an angry outburst, my first pay check in the post
All those years ago
If my younger self could see me now she'd scream with disappointment
But she isn't here
It's just you and me
And this god awful crowd

Oh, it's so easy to get swept up without questions
And oh, when we got to where we wanted to be we forgot what we came for
What did you come in for?

I think I've lost my appetite
That or I've just had too much
Of all the congratulations for doing the same thing
As everybody else in the room
I know you want to make me feel special
But I don't think that it's deserved
We let life get in the way, what an ugly phrase
I'll never say it again
Track Name: Brother
I was introduced to my brother as a whisper on the street
And a glance in my parents' direction
He was no more than a look in my mother's eye to me
He was no more than my father's sigh to me

The rumours at the school gate say that
I'm growing up to look just like him
Will she go the same way?
Will she bring another heart break?

They don't let me out of their sight
They won't tell me why

The rumours at the school gate, the whisper on the street
A glance in my parents' direction
My mother's eye, my father's sigh that's how I
I was introduced to my brother
Track Name: Dog Tired
I'm feeling
Worn out dog tired
Legs dead brain fried
Don't say you're sorry when you're not
Your smooth talk won't work
You drive I walk
I know you're laughing your way home

Imagine you're in my position
I know your mind can't bridge so big a gap
But you don't know what's growing underneath your nose
Cause you're too busy patting your own back

I've got a
Hot head cold glare
Steady hand ready gaze
You're in the line of my fire
This treadmill living
Is doing my head in
And I'm not alone in my thinking

Imagine you're in my position
I know your mind can't bridge so big a gap
But you don't know what's growing underneath your nose
Cause you're too busy patting your own back

One for one and none for all dog eat dog you can have it back
I know I've got something of my own
But there are things you just can't see don't need your creed
We'll bury your ideas along with you
Track Name: Settle For Less
You and I went walking to the edge of town
Sat on the new bridge
The sky was full of cranes, the city spread out like a puzzle
Impossible to fix
They're building houses that no one can afford you said
"I can't stay here much longer"
These rooftops look like headstones, every home a tomb
We all build our own

So we cling to the habitual, half hearted rituals
While someone sells the ground from under our feet
Work ourselves to death for a little box to sleep in
Is this what we call living?
They're bulldozing places we once knew
I'm losing all my bearings
The memories we harboured have all been cast adrift
So what now?
We settle for less

Settle for less

So as the sky changed colour, and all the lights came on
We made our way back home
Tomorrow we'll go driving, your suitcase in the back
And an open map
They can keep their
Lifeless models
We'll make something real
While they settle for less
Track Name: Separate
Start by peeling your skin from mine
Loosen your arm from my side
Slip out of the bed unnoticed
Don't wait to say goodbye
I find traces of you in the kitchen
A plate left on the side
Sometimes we pass in the doorway
You come as I go
We barely say hello

This is a new kind of pain
Crept up on me slow

Stay on later and later after work
Come home when you know I won't be there
We move in different circles
Misaligned
I just want you to look me in the eye
And talk it out
But I don't know what to say
The words catch in my throat
And you've already turned to go

This is a new kind of pain
Crept up on me slow
I don't know what happened or when
We used to be so close
Track Name: Mad As Annie
Seagulls circling, dark wind whirling
Annie on the shoreline, every sigh a hurricane
Hair flaming, sand grazing, salt wind shout
Black cloud, sea frown, blind town, don't listen

Are you as mad as Annie
You won't believe what she's claiming to have seen
But I don't believe in that kind of thing

Annie's crazy, she won't come in
Screaming like Cassandra, lips spell disaster
Close all the windows, bar the doors
Black cloud, sea frown, blind town, don't listen

Are you as mad as Annie
You won't believe what she's claiming to have heard
Thunder in the word of god
And the devil in the water

Are you mad like me
You won't believe it till you see it and then it's too late
Track Name: You've Got Time
Bathed in morning light
Somebody found you asleep in the flower bed at 7am
A shake of your shoulder, "are you alright?"
But it's a weekday and no one has time

They'll say you've got yourself to blame
Doing everything you can to lose your head
But why stay sober when you've so little to wake up for?
And what little you have gets taken away

But you've got time
Don't let them trick you otherwise
A body needs time
Time to heal
Not minutes not hours not working weeks
Not twenty four hour clocks
Not calendar months or financial years
They can all go to pieces
They can all go in the bin
You take all the time you need
All the time you need