Year Of The Cartographer

by Quiet Arrows

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Year Of The Cartographer. Age of exploring. Map-maker, voyager, castaway, discoverer. I made this album over the course of a few years, jotting lyrics and cataloging sounds like lines of latitude and longitude--scrawling demarcations as a means to chart the unknown territories of expedition. Songs of sojourn. Songs of shipwreck. Songs of new continents edged by the tide of the human sea.

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released August 27, 2015

Written, performed, produced and mixed by Samuel Robertson
Violin / Cello / Upright bass: Nate Agenbroad
Backing Vocals: Hannah Robertson
Horns: Victor Nash
Additional recording: Victor Nash at Destination:Universe!
Mastering: Gus Elg at Sky Onion
Cover photo: Celeste Coughlin
Cover design: Samuel Robertson / August Kreowski



Recorded in bedrooms and basements and studios in Portland and San Luis Obispo.

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Track Name: Bones
BONES


V1
Somebody told us at some point in time
How would the waters run dry
Well maybe the oldest ages gone by
Closely hold us tight


CH
On the way, on the way home
I saw today’s bones


V2
Blown by the doldrums as particles of sand
Carried in the coldest grasp
Wander the pilgrim through a foreign land
When oh when will the kingdom change hands


CH
On the way, on the way home
I saw today’s bones
On the way, on the way home
I saw I saw I saw today’s bones


B
Ooooh


V3
Soft are the shudders of a solitary ache
The sounds that you smothered break
And what does a lover leave in her wake
But one or another mistakes


CH
On the way, on the way home
I saw today’s bones
On the way, on the way home
I saw I saw I saw today’s bones

B
Ooooh
Track Name: Remember Your Name
REMEMBER YOUR NAME


V1
Saddle the horses and ready the men
The bellowing voices scattered on the wind
Secure the armor and steady those hands
The break of morning oh……this is the end

V2
Summon the pigeons a message sent
Of homesickness carried on their breast
Dropping downward a slow descent
The people cower oh……this is the end


CH
I will remember your name (3x)
I will remember oh


V3
Now under the floorboards the candles dim
Sound of the cellar how to breathe it in
So bury the hatchet and make amends
Prepare the rations oh……this is the end

V4
Toppled timber the granite spins
Heaven trembles everything within
The fire of hailstorm will not pretend
We wander forlorn oh…….’cause this is the end


CH
I will remember your name (3x)
I will remember oh


V5
When kingdoms crumble and will not mend
Disassembled finally again
Upon completion this my intent
Will be to see you oh……there in the end


CH
I will remember your name (3x)
I will remember oh….I will remember, I will remember
I will remember your name (3x)
I will remember oh….I will remember oh
Track Name: Throw Out Your Burden
THROW OUT YOUR BURDEN

V1
Motion pictures falter still
And still the images reveal that
Frames and fortunes are concealed
Between the millimeters

V2
Motor cars and window sills
Until the passersby have spilled
Their thoughts and dreams like falling ills
Between the millimeters (2x)


CH
So pull back the curtain  (yeah)
Throw out your burden  (yeah)
Forget what you learned  (and)
Slow slow down


V3
Caravans are carving lines
That wind along the curves of spines
Just backwards facing pantomimes
Between the millimeters

V4
Careless hands withholding time
And mine for yours or yours for mine
While staring down they lead the blind
Between the millimeters (2x)


CH
So pull back the curtain  (yeah)
Throw out your burden  (yeah)
Forget what you learned  (and)
Slow slow down


B
Oh whoa


CH
So pull back the curtain  (yeah)
Throw out your burden  (yeah)
Forget what you learned  (and)
Slow slow down
Track Name: Find A Way
FIND A WAY


V1
Oooh got to find a way, find a way
Oooh right away, right away
Oooh I’ve got to find a way back to you oh whoa


V2
Oooh I feel I’m shaking like, shaking like
Oooh say it right, say it right
Oooh feel I’m shaking like a storm without you oh whoa
You oh whoa


B
Ba da ba da (3x)
Oh whoa


V3
Oooh will you remember, me remember me
Oooh when I’m trembling, trembling
Oooh will you remember me when I remember you oh whoa
You oh whoa


B
Oooh ooh / Ba da ba da (4x)
Oh whoa


V4
Oooh got to find a way, find a way
Ooh right away, right away
Ooh got to find a way back to you oh whoa

Oooh got to find a way, find a way
Ooh right away right away
Ooh got to find a way back to you oh whoa
You oh whoa
Track Name: Drift
DRIFT



Intro
Oooooh


V1
I will take you to the sea tonight
Where we always knew there’d be a tide
Gathered in the blue green light
Yeah I will take you to the sea tonight

V2
I will take you far above the leaves
Swaying in the dark sound asleep
Reaching through the sparse hush of speech
I will take you far above the leaves
Yes I will take you far above the leaves


CH
Where we could drift away, away
Yeah we could drift away, away


B
Oooooh



V3
I will take you now into my arms
Because we have spoken doubt we knew the harm
But I will try somehow to prove us wrong
And I will take you now into my arms
Yes I will take you now into my arms


CH
Where we could drift away, away
Yeah we could drift away, away


B
Oooooh
Track Name: How Long How Much
HOW LONG HOW MUCH


V1
How long ago did this occur to you
Somewhere near the silent hour that you refused
To concentrate deliberate and hear me through
And how many are the words required to prove that


CH
I have spoken of the truth
And I am telling you the truth


V2
How much of what’s been said is now confused
Well you made contact for a moment then withdrew
The things explained are things remaining misconstrued
And this expression in my soul is haunting you


CH
‘Cause I have spoken of the truth
And I am telling you the truth


V3
How long ago did your eyes conclude
Sometime in the after-hours that you foreknew
Undermine ahead of time to stay aloof
Well how many indications will be refused


CH
I have spoken of the truth
And I am telling you the truth
I have spoken of the truth
And I am telling you the truth
Track Name: Form Without Shape
FORM WITHOUT SHAPE


V1
I deliberate the ink upon the page
Has dried like permanent mistakes
And these are difficult to change
I will then proceed slow and cautiously
So not to compromise retreat
It is difficult to speak


V2
I might speculate a shuffling of the frames
Despite what I anticipate
Always difficult to face
I would be misled the corridors ahead
Are drafty passageways of breath
Which are difficult to thread


CH
To know is different than being known
To know is different than being known in the end


V3
I delineate the form without a shape
So suddenly I hesitate
It’s a difficult escape
I must yet concede you overshadow me
So strange the thought is comforting
You are difficult to flee


CH
To know is different than being known
To know is different than being known in the end


B
Instrumental


CH
To know is different than being known
To know is different than being known in the end (2x)
Track Name: Broken Eyes
BROKEN EYES


V1
The moon swoops down like a sickle unspoiled
To harvest the twilight and sever the soil
Darkness drips like sulphur and oil
To lie in the ground with the tears of its toil


V2
Dusk has dwindled in the ration of hours
Watch it flee and call it a coward
Grim procession of grey that scours
The turning hemisphere as it devours


CH
But don’t look away
Don’t turn aside
Fix your gaze
With broken eyes


V3
Stars march forth like so many men
Phosphorescent now and again
Shadows casting shadows when
Slumber calls out like a friend


V4
Your face tells of a distance unspanned
Crossing the hollows in my hands
Silhouettes in a single strand
Pilgrims leaving their faraway lands


CH
But don’t look away
Don’t turn aside
Fix your gaze
With broken eyes (4x)
Track Name: Shadows
SHADOWS


V1
Starting to unravel
I am quite incapable of
Drowning out the shadows (2x)


V2
Walk across the shambles
Through the briars and brambles
I’m dreaming of the shadows (2x)
I’m dreaming of the shadows


CH
As they fall
I’m dreaming of the shadows as they fall
They fall
I’m dreaming of the shadows as they fall


V3
Starting to unravel
I am quite incapable of
Driving out the shadows (2x)
Driving out the shadows


CH
As they fall
Driving out the shadows as they fall
They fall
Driving out the shadows as they fall (2x)
Track Name: Give Them Time
GIVE THEM TIME


V1
Loneliness turns bitter
Strangest places hold the grief
Arrows in your quiver
Point themselves down at your feet

V2
Catapulted inward
Rummage darkly through debris
Gather there what glimmers
Toss back upwards just to see how


CH
Tonight they refuse to fly
Seemingly resigned
But give them time


V3
Much have you been given
So much burning crimson brings
Dreams provoking shivers
You fold your arms in as you think how


CH
Tonight they refuse to fly
Seemingly resigned
But give them time


V4
Heaviness remember
Weighs no more than you believe
Farthest reach draws nearer
Than those stones beneath your feet


CH2
Tonight they could choose to fly
Seemingly resigned
Well tonight yeah they could choose to fly
Seemingly resigned
In their time
In their time (3x)
Track Name: All Else Fades
ALL ELSE FADES


V1
When all else withers away
Bloodlines remain
However the strangers parade
All else fades
All else fades


V2
The fact is that fiction contains
Sometimes a frame
That otherwise is explained
The fact is named
The fact is named


CH
I will not delay
So whom have you to blame, to blame
For night shall relinquish the day, the day


V3
In a shudder everything changed
And one side escaped
Well it seems like we might be the same
When all else fades  
‘Cause all else fades


CH
I will not delay
So whom have you to blame, to blame
For night shall relinquish the day, the day (2x)


B
The day — ay ay (4x)