Ayla
The Maccabees Lyrics


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Aimless am I
listless I'm the blunt of the knife
Drifting to the corners of life, Ayla

I could make something right
Gentle with the kindness I'd like
So often it's a trick of the light, Ayla
And we wait for love
in the shape of us
Until the wait is over Under halcyon skies
Until the wait is over for an innocent life

It's a weight off my mind I could trust you
You could tell me it's fine
I could sew you a stitch and save nine, Ayla

None more admired
and out of soft focused desire
From honeyed milk to funeral pyre, Ayla

And we'll wait for love
in the shape of us
But the state of us, Daedalus
The wait is over under halcyon skies




The wait is over for an innocent life
Until the wait is over, the wait is over.

Overall Meaning

The Maccabees' song "Ayla" is a poetic reflection on the search for love and purpose. The opening lines convey a sense of aimlessness and detachment, as the singer feels "listless" and "drifting to the corners of life." The repeated mention of "Ayla" suggests that this could be a person, place, or perhaps a symbol of something intangible that the singer is seeking.


Despite this sense of disconnection, there is a glimmer of hope in the line "I could make something right/Gentle with the kindness I'd like." This suggests that the singer has some agency in their life and the power to create positive change. However, there is also a sense of wariness: "So often it's a trick of the light," as if the singer is aware that their positive intentions might not always lead to positive outcomes.


The chorus brings in a theme of waiting for love, which could be interpreted in a romantic sense or as a more general longing for connection and purpose. The repeated refrain "Until the wait is over" suggests a sense of impatience or urgency, as if the singer is eager for this feeling of aimlessness to end. The final lines of the song suggest a sense of resolution, as the wait is finally over "for an innocent life" under "halcyon skies."


Line by Line Meaning

Aimless am I
I lack direction and purpose


listless I'm the blunt of the knife
I feel dull and powerless


Drifting to the corners of life, Ayla
I am wandering aimlessly through life


I could make something right
I have the power to fix things


Gentle with the kindness I'd like
I want to be kind and gentle


So often it's a trick of the light, Ayla
Things are not always what they seem


And we wait for love
We long for love


in the shape of us
That fits us perfectly


Until the wait is over Under halcyon skies
Until we find peace and happiness


Until the wait is over for an innocent life
Until we find a life that is pure and good


It's a weight off my mind I could trust you
I feel relieved knowing I can rely on you


You could tell me it's fine
You could reassure me


I could sew you a stitch and save nine, Ayla
I could help you now and avoid problems later


None more admired
No one is more respected


and out of soft focused desire
Driven by a strong longing


From honeyed milk to funeral pyre, Ayla
From purity to death


But the state of us, Daedalus
But our current situation


The wait is over under halcyon skies
The wait for happiness and peace is over


The wait is over for an innocent life
We have found a pure and good life


Until the wait is over, the wait is over.
We will not stop waiting until we find true happiness




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Written by: Felix White, Hugo White, Orlando Weeks, Rupert Jarvis Shepherd, Sam Doyle

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@tropicwave1

Ayla
The Maccabees

Aimless am I
Listless I'm the blunt of the knife
Drifting to the corners of life, Ayla*

I could make something right
Gentle with the kindness I'd like
So often it's a trick of the light, Ayla

And we wait for love
in the shape of us
Until the wait is over Under halcyon skies
Until the wait is over for an innocent life

It's a weight off my mind I could trust you
You could tell me it's fine
I could sew you a stitch and save nine, Ayla

None more admired
and out of soft focused desire
From honeyed milk to funeral pyre, Ayla

And we'll wait for love
in the shape of us
But the state of us, Daedalus**
The wait is over under halcyon skies
The wait is over for an innocent life
Until the wait is over, the wait is over.

Writer(s): Orlando Thomas Weeks, Hugo White, Rupert Alexander Jarvis Shepherd, Sam Doyle, Felix White

*Ayla is a common feminine given name in Turkish. In that language, it means "halo of light around the moon".
**Daedalus (Greek mythology) warned Icarus not to fly too high, because the heat of the sun would melt the wax holding his crafted wing feathers.



@MuSiCBoYaS

Aimless am I
Listless I'm the blunt of the knife
Drifting to the corners of life
Ayla

I could make something right
Gentle with the kindness I'd like
So often it's a trick of the light
Ayla

And we wait for love
In the shape of us

'Til the wait is over under halcyon skies
The wait is over for an innocent life

It's a weight off my mind
I could trust you, you could tell me it's fine
I could sew you a stitch and save nine
Ayla

None more admired and
Out of soft focused desire
From honeyed milk to funeral pyre
Ayla
Ayla

And we'll wait for love
In the shape of us

But the state of us
Daedalus

The wait is over under halcyon skies
The wait is over for an innocent life

The wait is over under halcyon skies
The wait is over for an innocent life

The wait is over, the wait is over
The wait is over



All comments from YouTube:

@SamuelEMPowell131

I remember first discovering The Maccabees in NME, they used to showcase such amazing bands, its a shame what it has become, my music producer friend in high school used to show me all these great bands but this is one of the first bands I showed him I'm proud to say, their music still gives me chills, my friend has just released a brand new banging indie track, try searching Lonely Gimmick - Beaches, brings back nostalgic indie memoires well worth checking out

@aylamorgan8870

I feel so special now knowing that this song is out there, and the fact that they pronounce Ayla right just fills my heart with joy 💕

@Arsenal52100

Ayla my beautiful daughter,who would have been 29 tomorrow RIP. daddy still loves and misses you,my own little angel.

@davrastdavrast9308

Sorry for the loss you've gone through, beautiful song for your beautiful daughter,. Please find peace. 🙏

@tiptoeshssssssssss

The light that surrounds the moon and sun my man ❤️

@BYEgime

this wrecked me, i hope the healing process has been kind on you 💛

@russmckernan8572

God bless..

@BrianMontesQ

The whole album is beautiful.

@aylatownsend514

Love for all the Aylas of the world :)

@omrirmo584

My daughter was born 2 weeks ago, she's Ayla too :)
most beautiful name

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