The Map Is Not The Territory

by Hurricane Chaser

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1.
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
2.
04:05
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
3.
04:46
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
4.
04:21
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
5.
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
6.
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:
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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

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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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