The Perfect Map

by Elephants of Scotland

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Our third full-length studio album. Pre-orders will be get an instant download today and an autographed CDs to be sent out in June.

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releases June 17, 2016

Adam Rabin - keyboards, vocals, other noises
John Whyte - guitar, vocals
Dan MacDonald - bass, vocals
Ornan McLean - drums, percussion

with
Greg Skillman - lyrics on "Orphans," "Ghost," and "Random Earth"
Megan Beaucage - vocals "One By Sea"
Gary Kuo - violin on "One By Sea"
Joe Netzel - doumbek on "The Perfect Map"

View the digital booklet: elephantsofscotland.com/mapbook/

produced and engineered by Adam Rabin in his basement

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Track Name: Sun-Dipped Orphans and the Wizard's Teapot
The sun-dipped orphans
scrambled into the castle
and in the great hall did make
a perfect pyramid of ten.

Robot clowns were sent in,
programmed with the finest tricks.
The orphans showed neither joy nor fear.

Destroyed and deposited
red noses and fright wigs
melted in a sparking metal fire
at the bottom of the lake.

"When I have a mother some day,
I will know how healing works,
and that hurting and healing
ride the same seesaw."

Tumbling out of their pyramid,
the orphans circled
the Wizard's intoxicating teapot,

In they leaned until their heads met
temple to temple.
Boiling wisdom rose into the air.

"After education, surely we will be lovable."
Wizard: "No one loves the wise
Except the wise. And they are paranoid."

“If no one loves the wise except the wise
Why learn, then?”

A wet boom stopped the lesson.
Explosion from the lake.
Track Name: Counting on a Ghost
Counting on a ghost is a losing bet
like solitaire mode on Russian Roulette
But when they come through with mysterious results
Assemble some seekers, fire up a cult

Counting on a ghost is a toss into the wind
All your prayers end up where they begin
Counting on a ghost is a wasted gasp
A falsified oath of a truth that never lasts
And when nothing comes each time after time
Sacrifice the answers, magnify the crime

Sing hymns to the means that justify the end
Now hide from the sun with zombiefied friends

Lauding a diviner bearing hellebore
Languid from the years lost to the metaphor

Drawn in freely as the ghost ascends
Blinded by the light through a sanctified lens

Sing hymns to the means that justify the end
Now hide from the sun with zombiefied friends
Sing hymns to the cult on every station
Hell to pay-to-play for mock salvation

What we want the most and shout until we're blue
Die because they have no bearing on the truth
And if we still decide to count upon the ghost
Gather all your dreams and nail them to a post
Track Name: One By Sea
Oh my love, I'd give you an ocean
Give you an ocean as you dream
But my love, I must sail on the ocean
Sail on the ocean with the stream

For I am not alone
though I may sail as one
Forever on
my journey's just begun

Oh my love, I'd give you an ocean
Give you an ocean as you dream

But I am not a ship
you anchor in the night
For I must sail
when come the morning light

We're all here finding our way
On through the fog
and on through the grey
A beacon shines out from the shore
as captains curse the current's lure

I am not an island
or a treasure in the deep
The waves alone
will rock my soul to sleep

No, I am not alone
though I may sail as one
Forever on
my journey's just begun
Track Name: Swing the Gavel
West from The Marches
Through the Apennines
On toward Florence they went
The new magistrate, a miser to the bone
Lead his band of cut-rate men

A tinker, a tailor, a farmer and a smith
But nary a lawman did he bring with

Men of ill breeding, men of ill repute
Made up the traveling coterie
To lay down the law, to preside over it all
To play at judge and notary

A tinker, a tailor, a cobbler and a cook
But nary a wise man who’d once read a book

“Why would I pay dear
for a bench of my peers
When I can buy a neighbor for a song?
Let the Florentine all rise for my team for
Any Christian man knows right from wrong.”

These breaches of justice
Speak the truth for all to know
Swing the gavel high, swing the gavel low

Of the magistrate’s men, was Sir Nick
A one-man fashion crime spree
For clearly the rules
don’t apply to such fools
And allow this man to walk free

The vair in his cap,
blackened from smoke
See how his gown hangs
well below his robe
And watch, I beseech.
Yes, look & you will see
The case of his briefs
drooped down to his knees.

These breaches of justice
Still the truth will always show
Swing the gavel high,
swing the gavel low

A young local man saw this charade
“For this my taxes are paid?
Time to call some friends and
bring this to an end.
Time to devise a plan…”

The next morning came
The courtroom opened up
And as the citizenry filed in
The young man’s two friends
Found that fraud Sir Nick
Standing at his rickety bench

They each grabbed a side of
Nick’s tattered robe and
staged a most convincing dispute

“Your honor, I insist,
this wretch stole my bag.”
“Your honor,
that one stole my boots.”

And then our young man snuck up from behind
and brought His Honor’s briefs to the floor
The red-faced judge sat to pull them up
but only showed Florence so much more

This bell rings for justice
Speak the truth for all to know
Swing the gavel high, swing the gavel low

These breaches of justice expose another lie
Swing the gavel low, swing the gavel high
Track Name: The Perfect Map
A seasoned traveler was I
All this way and still hadn’t died
Thought I’d seen lands far and near
King of the road with no fear

Every day I ventured around
The path I had so beaten down
Knew every curve on the trail
Made my way back without fail

A perfect map carved into stone
Cracked along the roads that I’ve known
Seemed to work fine until then
Man plans and god laughs again

The edge of the world at my feet
Spent my days trolling the beach
Sifted through chaos and age
Boiled it all down to a page

Safe in the knowledge I found
I built my home on that ground
Circled with a towering fence
I order the random to sense

A perfect map written in sand
I held it so tightly in hand
I sank in the sea from the shore
Man plans and god laughs once more

One joke we always fall for
We plan and god laughs once more

Always time to let this one go
Always time to let come what may
Always time to take one more chance
Always time to throw it away

Always time to say what you meant
Always time to look back and shout
Always time to pull it apart
Always time to figure it out

A perfect map torn up and tossed
Go step by step until I’m lost
Trip as I skip to the end
Man plans and god laughs again
Track Name: Random Earth
i) I still wonder what I am
Always marvel at the sight of us
That we are here sharing these stories
Always believing that our noises go on

Alone, I needed someone
to reactivate my blood
I was missing in my action
and I hadn’t understood
That some eyes see you clearer
Regardless of your blur
And the fates will only intervene
Once you’ve found your nerve

Standing on this Random Earth
Reaching through ambient light
I am a towering pine
in an unkept world
With roots that dig through yesterday
Tracing my timeline

I’ll never know what I am
The idea is ever shifting
But I am here … a shadow of a story
Dimensions away from my own

Alone, I’m made of nothing
I’m a dream that no one had
Calculate my darkness
I’m a mass-resistant man
The freedom void inspires
is the map for every trail
Oh, to wend among the treasures
On the microstellar scale

Passing through this Random Earth
Relieved of matter and of might
I am a glimmering shine
in an untimed world
With routes
that span ubiquity
Chasing the boundary

ii) But the beauty of this moment
is the view I have right now
And all that I choose to see
Is the bursting dawn of endless possibility

It’s the limit of the brilliance
That the sun will fade away
So all that I choose to see
Are the glowing rays of omnipresent energy

But the beauty of this moment
Is the view I have right now
And all that I choose to see
Is the bursting dawn of endless possibility

iii) It’s the magic maker’s torment
That the trick will be found out
So all that I choose to see
Is the flowing rush of conquering infinity

It’s the end of deception
The illusion fades away
So all that is left to see
Is the endless truth that everything’s a part of me

iv) Passing through this Random Earth
Relieved of matter and of might
I am a glimmering shine