The Map Is Not The Territory

by Hurricane Chaser

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released March 3, 2009

Brad Zeffren – Vocals, Guitars
Derek Pulvino – Guitars
Nathan Spicer – Keyboards
Ben Obee – Bass, backing Vocals
Moises Padilla – Drums

With Kristen Ward - Backing Vocals on "The Heist"

Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Brad Zeffren
Assistant Engineering by Nick Nanry and Brett Hutchinson
Recorded at Chroma Sound
Mixed at ElectroKitty Recording Studio
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI CD Mastering
Made in Seattle

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Hurricane Chaser Seattle, Washington

Hurricane Chaser returns in 2012 with Sapphires, the Seattle based band’s ambitious second full length release. Eighteen months in the making, this new release sees the band realizing the potential it had shown on 2009‘s The Map Is Not The Territory. The mellower acoustic sound of the band’s earlier work has been replaced by louder guitars, harder hitting drums, and a broader sonic pallette. ... more

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Track Name: Racing a River
Lines in the sand washed away
A blurry shading of your face
Is all that remains in my mind
Souvenir of another time

I’ve seen this place before
Standing at the intersection
Of a dream and a memory

Pieces of time swirl around
Snow falling on a frozen pond

Melts in my hand and drops away
Leaving nothing but a trace

Of what came before
But I can not go back to
It’s a dream and a memory


CHORUS:
It feels like I am running a race
Against a river at a raging pace
Across the finish line is a trace
Of what we had

But you can’t ever win a race
Against a river at a raging pace
There is no finish line
This race is all we have


Late summer’s day, abandoned farm
A waterwheel without a stream to spin

Was your favorite place when you were small
You took me there when we were jumping in

That was just before the innocence was shattered
Into a dream and a memory
Track Name: The Heist
He knew everything about the mark
Been casing it for days
And a plan was coming together
He watched the changing of the guards
With the patience of a saint
Who’s a long way from heaven
Has God above
Given him just on chance?

Now that his back’s against the wall
He’s got to pull the heist
Just one then he’ll start running
He curses the world for his fall
For the train wreck of his life
And all the pain he’s got coming
So why try to love
When nothing ever lasts?

CHORUS:
All the time spent chasing the future
Like it’s yours to find or yours to change
We’re just reading lines in somebody’s movie
Where the story winds, ‘aint that what we call fate?


She walked with a halo of golden sun
And fifteen thousand nights
Of dreams were waiting for her
Now that she’d found a chosen one
She had just become his bride
From here to ever after
So proud and young
She had it in her hands

Then she saw the guard knocked to the floor
And a man was dressed in white
With a gun running towards her
The panicked pistol trigger pulled
Now their lives were intertwined
Two strangers locked forever
And now that it’s done
A second in the past
Track Name: Sparrow
A sparrow glides over my horizon
The song she cries is more beautiful than words can say
But if you try to hold her when she’s flying
You will find the song is done and she’s flown away

Many times I have heard you laughing
And turned to find that no one in the world was there
As I slide deeper into dreaming
Two birds up in the sky sing to me

CHORUS:
After all I want you
Standing tall against the wind
After all I want you
To fly back in my arms once again

The willow tree protects you while it’s weeping
From the heat, the sun is burning down overhead
Underneath you think of what’s worth keeping
And how memories are all you take away
Track Name: Barricades
I’m sitting in an empty room again
The days keep getting shorter
The nights tell me I’m alone

I listen to the howling of the wind
The weather’s getting colder now
The summer is growing old

The barricades I throw up now and then
I didn’t get your message
I got somewhere to go

Yesterday you were my only friend
And we took it all for granted
But can you ever really know?


CHORUS:

Staring into the headlights
Frozen stiff at the sight of the train
Headed right for me hauling dynamite
On either side my barricades


My head is always in some other place
I’m standing right beside you
But I’m nowhere to be found

Then I decide to leave without a trace
You’ll never see it coming
You’ll never hear a sound

Broken by that look upon your face
I hate to see you weeping
But I cannot tell a lie

I never can surrender from the chase
I’m running down tomorrow
While today just passed me by
Track Name: Blue Turns to Grey
I have seen the light go out
And the dark of night surrounds me
In the shelter of it’s cloud
Is where I am free

It feels like every other place
Is a thousand miles away from my home
And where I stand on this day
Is just as far, so I roam

CHORUS:
Far and wide to the other side of my mind
Where she waits for me
Till the end of time, and the lights that shine in her eyes
Will never fade
Not like mine
Blue turns to grey

And I see the signs all around
Of the world’s decay and evolution
I am deafened by the sound
Of a million waves sent from the ocean

When I am overwhelmed
At the thought of no tomorrow
And the end of taste and touch and smell
I turn and run away from that sorrow
Track Name: Black and White
There used to be a time when I saw you in black in white
And our life felt like us against the mountain
The two shades in my mind were just a fraction of what my eyes
Gazed upon, just a puddle beside a fountain
With each passing day I find another shade of grey
Present itself within your composition
As the sharp lines start to fade the crystal image turns to haze
And my heart moves from thoughts to intuition

CHORUS:
We keep turning around, getting lost and then we get found
Then break down and start the turning all again
In the colorful daze you find inside the spinning maze
Black and white shows you where to begin
‘Cause everything turns black and white when it ends


I sat next to a man who had a barstool and a plan
For breaking out and leaving us all behind him
The cracked lines of his hands reveal the passage of the sand
Through the hourglass. Will his moment ever find him?
Looking in his eyes I saw that he still had some fight left inside
But he was stuck up on the sidelines
And in those eyes were mine, after thirty more years of time
Have passed me by, will I know what I am trying to find?

CHORUS:


There used to be a time when I saw you in black in white
And our life felt like us against the mountain
The two shades in my mind were just a fraction of what my eyes
Gazed upon, just a puddle beside a fountain

CHORUS:
Track Name: Crowds of the City
Crooked lines run across the dotted landscape
A traveling man gets lost along the way
The roadmap can never reveal
The faces of a town or the way that it feels
All you get is just a name

Out in the crowds of the city
Is where you have found you’re all alone

A blade of grass makes it’s way through the pavement
A single voice tries to get into the light
The concrete connecting us all
Would crumble to the ground if the grasses were tall
But they’re covered up and out of sight

Out in the crowds of the city
Is where you have found that you’re

CHORUS:
All alone making your way down the open road
No one knows just where it’s going
But there aint no slowing down
You’re all alone making your way down the open road
No one knows just where it’s going
But you’ve already gone


A stranger’s eyes look away when you walk by
Expressionless as if you were never there
The sidewalk is populated with ghosts
They’re haunting their own lives and the ones they love most
By never speaking of despair

Out in the crowds of the city
Is where you have found that you’re

CHORUS:
All alone making your way down the open road
No one knows just where it’s going
But there aint not slowing down
You’re all alone making your way down the open road
No one knows just where it’s going
But you’ve already gone
Track Name: Couldn't Beat the Wind
Chasing papers blowing on the ground
Each step a half second behind
Like the feast that leads the racing greyhound
Still escapes him no matter how hard he tries

He’s running circles as fast as he can
Eyes fixed upon the prize
As his ticket is blown through his hand
The numbers come in
He had the winning dog this time

CHORUS 1:
So what’s it gonna take
Isn’t it your turn to win
Are you gonna break
If your number don’t come in
There must be some mistake
Better count ‘em all again
You beat the odds
But you couldn’t beat the wind,
No you couldn’t beat the wind


Rolling stones up the mountain again
You got yourself a brand new device
There’s a heavy cloud coming up on the wind
It’s gonna rain right through the night
You didn’t count on a storm moving in
When you went past the timberline
So you turn around, look for shelter and sit
With those stones back at your side

CHORUS 2:
So what’s it gonna take
Isn’t it your turn to win
Are you gonna break
When that storm comes rolling in
There must be some mistake
In the forecast again
You beat the odds
But you couldn’t beat the wind
No you couldn’t beat the wind

BRIDGE:
Running as fast as you can
Still you’re farther behind
Then when you started trying so hard
To prove there ‘aint no mountain
That you couldn’t climb
Track Name: Feels Like Home
The lights just went out
Rain is the only sound I’m hearing now
Except for the thunder clap

I’m walking around
My flashlight is looking out revealing how
My feet will go down the path

It stops on a frame
A moment in time restrained and placed behind
A tiny piece of glass

CHORUS:
I’ve seen it a thousand times before
Sitting on top a chest of drawers
But now that the lights are out my flashlight shows
That you make me feel like I’m home


It was late afternoon
The sky was that grayish blue that tells you
That winter is coming soon

We went for a drive
We had to get out into the countryside
Or else we would lose our minds

You ran down the hill
I snapped another still shot photograph
That fills this silver frame
Track Name: The Lighthouse
I keep going over it again and again
And I can’t tell you when it happened
I got a feeling that it’s not the end
But I can’t find my way to you
I am lost, there is no one in the lighthouse
The light is off and there’s a fog around my head tonight

In the back of your mind are you thinking of me
And the places we had planned to go to
Starting at the desert ending up at the sea
And we don’t have to tell a soul
Just take off and we’ll know it when we get there
But tonight this lonely familiar road

CHORUS:
What if the weight is more than you can bear?
What if the toll is more than you can spare?
Who’s gonna help you to carry the load
And point the direction to another road?


Now there’s a lonely soul sitting by my side
And he’s got to tell me all about it
He’s feeling life just passing him by
While he’s sitting there up on the shore
You only get so many golden moments
And when they’re gone you’ll find out
That’s all that you can own

So I walked ten blocks in the pouring rain and
There’s a light on inside your window
I think of all the things I’ve tried to say
But I just could not find the words
It don’t take much, just a focus on this moment
And all the love that I feel for you still tonight