31 DECEMBER 2020

I woke up with a ditty in my head and six hours later, this popped out. Lyrics below


Check your hair in the mirror, spray some Afro Sheen 
Put on a pair of new shoes to dance away 2019 
Take the family to Vegas, see the band at Mandalay Bay 
Hate to be the one to tell you 2020’s just a day away 

Wildlife in Australia, no more will it roam 
And Brexit’s a term that’ll hit even closer to home 
The temperature’s rising, we’ll throw out Roe v. Wade 
Don’t know how to tell you, 2020’s just a day away 

There’ll be wars and diseases and social unrest 
The virus will kill most celebs we have left 
Postal service gives up, And if that won’t beat all 
They’ll have the nerve to go and cancel sportsball 

Had a ticket to Tokyo, there was no need to make that trek 
But I hope that’s a flame someone will remember to check 
Feels like all of this happened only yesterday 
Oh, that’s right, I keep forgettin’, 2020’s just a day away 

Plane crashes, cops killing and massive oil leaks 
Apples to oranges, still can’t get impeached 
Terrorism and earthquakes, nightmare in Beirut 
Sounds a lot like 1982 

So dress up all in white and get wasted on Zoom
Make-believe you’re not the only other person in the room 
Suck down a grape for every tick, every tock 
Just know the ignorance won’t expire with the stroke of the clock 

Keep the Hoppin’ John simmering, shake up the Afro Sheen 
Bid “Good riddance, goodbye” to the worst year you’ve possibly seen 
Make a list of resolutions to improve your internal Feng shui 
Just let me remind you 2020’s just a day away 

Said, don’t you forget 2020’s just a day away 

© 2020 Amelia C. Ray


Watch The Making of "Hambone Says"

30 OCTOBER 2020

Amelia Ray, Jake Wood, Peggy Peralta and Margit Sperling discuss the making of “Hambone Says”. 


Amelia Ray’s “Hambone Says”: A Harrowing Role-reversal on Race

22 OCTOBER 2020 

“Hambone Says” spans less than 3 minutes in length, but it is cavernous in its scope and effect. This song demands self-reflection; it implores us to readdress our continuous failure to secure racial justice. If I had one song to recommend a listen to so far this year, this would be it. 
-Andrew Zhang, Two Story Melody 

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"Hambone Says" 

09 OCTOBER 2020 

Amelia's new release "Hambone Says" uses contemporary past aesthetic to explore racism, rage and role reversal. 

Read the full story: www.hambonesays.com


"A Cruisible of Sorts" 

26 SEPTEMBER 2020 

Amelia Ray had the incredible honour of being interviewed for Suzie Sherman's podcast, And the Next Thing You Know.... They discussed Amelia's love of travelling and how she started working on cruise ships, and dropped quite a few "pop culture references for old people". You can listen to the interview on Suzie's site: https://nextthingpodcast.com/2020/09/25/a-cruisible-of-sorts-with-amelia-ray and wherever podcasts are found.