Cartography

by The Field Effect

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released December 18, 2012

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The Field Effect Boston, Massachusetts

With a shared respect for well-crafted songs, TFE packs a collective punch; spiked with introspective lyrics, infectious melodies, and ferocious rhythms. An antidote to the seemingly endless movement of aloof, lo-fi indie music, The Field Effect reclaims the genre with their passion for lyrical honesty, musical ability, and a fearless plight to make music for “the many” and not just “the few.” ... more

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Track Name: Ogunquit, ME
Oh my God I think I'm falling feel my feet off the ground
Listen closely and I swear you'll hear my heart pound
We were perfect lying underneath the Maine sky
My rye smile and your endless blue eyes
In the moment when I leaned in for another kiss
I knew that you were something special I was gonna miss
The ocean waltzing back and forth with the coast line
We both know this is borrowed time

That's when you turned to me and said
"I feel like I'm in heaven"

So lets go anywhere but home
I don't know these roads my dear
But I don't really care
We're invincible

My stupid grin as I'm driving over state lines
Note for note and word for word I'm singing Maritime
Boston breaks and I'm breathing in the skyline
It reminds me kid you know it's not the last time
But in the morning when I didn't want to let you go
Although I know your heart belongs in San Francisco
You best believe it I'll be coming to the Left Coast
To do it all again, we do this all again

You'll turn to me and say
"I feel like I'm in heaven"

So lets go anywhere but home
I don't know these roads my dear
But I don't really care
We're invincible

I fell for you like rain
Like an empire, like a king
What was I to do?
I fell for you like rain
And I thought you felt the same
What was I to do?

So lets go anywhere but home
I don't know these roads my dear
But I don't really care
We're invincible
Track Name: What If I
What if I would say you were the holiday
I needed and nothing more than a song to pass the time?
You got up in my head I crawled right in your bed
And you took just what you wanted as I tried to drown the love that haunted me

And I used to drink for fun
Now I drink just to get by
An empty bed and a ghost
By my side, oh what if I?

Now I walk these streets
Awake and in my sleep
And the whiskey dreams come nightly
As I toss and turn with my pillow tightly
And if you would say
I was your great escape
Then I guess I'd be alright
But until then it's head down cut these corners

I used to be my mother's son
Now I barely know my name
I swear to God I never though
That I would change but what if I?

And I used to drink for fun
Now I drink just to get by
And empty bed and a ghost
By my side oh what if I?
Track Name: Kurt Vonnegut
A weekend away
So I can get my head on straight
I'm falling fast asleep
But waking up it's always bittersweet
Yeah it's make believe
Every morning give or take
And I need need need
Something to change in me

A chain smoking car
Margot hums on the stereo
I fell asleep in her arms
On an apartment floor
Then I slipped out the back door
To drink with your friend's mom
Was she hitting on me?
Did not know what to think
But I never never felt more alive
Than I did that night

So wait for me on a balcony of clouds
With your hair the same color
And if you fail to see not to bother with the little things
Beneath your skin I know you're still in there
You're somewhere

I bet you never heard me sing
About the Norther Lights and your skyward dreams
But they were oh so real to me
As real as you, as you and I could be

So wait for me on a balcony of clouds
With your hair the same color
And if you fail to see not to bother with the little things
Beneath your skin I know you're still in there
You're somewhere
Track Name: Headwrecked
Let's get our heads wrecked
A nice distraction for our heavy hearts
We tear this town apart
You throw one back
I'll go two more, it's on tonight
As they're lining up outside

I could be anywhere in the world but you're here with me

Good morning Boston
You don't look the way you did last night
But you know I, I don't mind
We were a whirlwind
We were a flash pan bright and alive
Like the eyes of a child

And I could be anywhere in the world but you're here with me
Track Name: The Ghost Of
"Here I come!" Spring lets on
A sea of sundresses, a flood
I fall in love with everyone that walks by
This isn't what I thought I'd be
When I left her I must have left with her
The best parts of me

I don't know what I should do
With the ghost the ghost the ghost the ghost of you

From this fractured family tree
Limbs keep falling at my feet
You're there to pick them up
But me I had to break your heart
Just to write a song I love
What the fuck does that say about me?

I don't know what I should do
With the ghost the ghost the ghost the ghost of you
And if I confess you're better than the rest
Would you let me be? Would you let me let me sleep?

They are echoes you're the wall
Bounce right off you and they fall

I don't know what I should do
With the ghost the ghost the ghost the ghost of you
And if I confess you're better than the rest
Would you let me be? Would you let me let me sleep?
Track Name: Dancing With Earthquake
The halls of my head are lined
With the still frames of you in that purple dress
In a city of lights caught by your eyes
And your smile bright, the way I like you the best

If not for this cartography I could wake up at your feet

So I turn back my clocks to feel closer to you
Strum a few simple chords, it's the best I can do
As for now you are dancing with earthquakes
On a bay guarded by a golden gate

On these nights when I'm waxing nostalgic
And I just can't sleep, wish you were here next to me
But I know that these thoughts are foolish, contrite and naive
We could never be

And if not for this bar keep my glass would be empty
The rocks waste away to naught
So pour one more round, yeah this whiskey goes down
Like it's water that my body needs

So I turn back my clocks to feel closer to you
Strum a few simple chords it's the best I can do
As for now I'm dissolving with Summer
My skin is burned but it will get better.

At least I think...
Track Name: Cotton
Summer sun sinks slow
Behind the leaves; color whiskey
You crept into my dreams
And now I can't get you to leave
But even if I could
Why would I even try?

Air mattress on the floor
Our limbs entwined
With every rise and fall
You body screams goodbye
Goodbye...

Oh, this was more than you could take.
I'm not there when you're awake
There is nothing left to say
We were a beautiful mistake

Cut corners, draw a line
Hands move, we die
With every note I breathe
Repeat I'm fine, I'm fine
I'm fine...

Oh, this was more than you could take.
I'm not there when you're awake
There is nothing left to say
We were a beautiful mistake
We were a beautiful mistake
We were beautiful

This was more than you could take
This was more than I could take
We were a beautiful mistake
We were a mistake.
Track Name: Limb
On the Queen's royal boat
You fell under a spell
The sea did it's job
And damn it did it well
A starry eyed choice
A lover's demise
You felt this was right
It was life for the first time

Seventeen months
The longest of your whole life
Things were just fine
Till He made you his wife
That's when the buzz wore off
The true colors shown
Two became one
You never felt more alone

But you are you are a limb
Yeah you are you are

Now a picture frame
With well wishes hangs above your bed
Lately the real hanging
Has been done by your head
This isn't your fault
No matter what he says
No this isn't your fault
No matter what he says

Cause you are you are a limb
Yeah you are you are a limb

So lets hit that bottle we both know it won't be the last time
Just know that these roots are planted no they're not coming up this time
And we won't let you lay down and die with the leaves no you'll see
That you are you are a limb.
Track Name: Taking In The Weather
Seven days to a week and I am counting eight
What to do when all the trees grow over the only path to take
This sea is getting rocky and I think I'm jumping ship
But I'm too afraid I'll slip, yeah I'm too afraid I'll slip

And I should have known better
Than to take in the weather
With a good girl like you
A good girl

Silver clouds they lace the sky the moon is hanging low
From a tiny room I contemplate the tragedy of snow
Oh, it falls and falls and piles up and then it melts away
Holding on it tried to stay holding on it never stays

And I should have known better
Than to take in the weather
With a good girl like you
A good girl like you well
Some would call me stupid
But I swear it's something you did
To leave me this way
Now take it away go on take it

And I should have known better
Than to take in the weather
With a good girl like you
A good girl like you well
Some would call me stupid
But I swear it's something you did
To leave me this way
Now leave me just leave me just leave me
This way
Track Name: Till I Say When
Some nights I walk to where the side walk ends
Open my lungs and take the atmosphere in
If I should die if I should die before I wake
Know that I lived to love until the dying day

If you're going my way, hey tag along
And if your your singing, sing loud and long

I know you know I never meant for all of this
As the tears streak your cheek their taste stings on my lips
Your eyes are wide as we say our goodbyes
Just know my love we're always under the same sky

If you're lonely this one's the one for you

I've known you for so long now
And you're all I've had since then
So sink with me on a saltless sea
Hold your breath till I say when

Someday not far away you know we'll be okay
When the states disappear and all of those miles fade

If you're lonely this one's the one for you

I've known you for so long now
And you're all I've had since then
So sink with me on a saltless sea
Hold your breath till I say when
Track Name: Porcelain
Porcelain, stretched over an ivory frame
A sea of green washing gold straw away
We're tired we're hot, we're overexposed
From all this heat and humidity
But it's been raining for days
Inside this fever dream

Poor Marie, you're far too sweet to be with me
This rock in my gut should tell me more than enough
Maps retraced and one too many calendar days
I've been losing sleep swimming in uncertainty and sheets

Now my hands shake my head aches I feel it in my teeth
I can't bare to know you hurt because of me
Lie my love, tell me everything is okay
Cause I don't want to wake up with this sickness another day

(You'll always be my love)

You were the skip in my step
You were the beat in my chest
You were the rain at my window
You were the loudest crescendo
You were the crest of a wave
You were the start to my day
You were everything to me.