about

The Cartographers Powell, Ohio

We are The Cartographers! An indie rock band from Columbus Ohio. Our music has elements of the post-rock genre driven by modern guitar styles and classical piano technique.
Our band name refers to the profession of map making. All of our songs are memories, ideas, places, and emotions that all together make up the maps of our lives.
... more

shows

contact / help

Contact The Cartographers

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Track Name: Behind Your Eyes
We arrive and depart all alone
on our tiny pale blue spaceship we were given as a home
our solar system looks a lot like a starter kit to the stars

but what if it’s all in your head?
what if it’s all in your head?

to and fro, dawn to dusk, a to b
we live our tiny little lives like sailors lost at sea
surrounded by the sea and sky with no land in sight
still we sail (just on a different scale)

but what if it’s all in your head?
what if it’s all in your head?

lost in your mind yeah it is time to make a sound
but no one can hear you if no one’s around
you’re one of a kind and it is time to scream and shout
you live in perception and there’s no way out

if we all live our lives in your mind
then that kind of makes you god, and it kind of makes you blind
because you live just like us behind your eyes
behind your eyes, behind your eyes, behind your

lost in our minds yeah it is time to make a sound to make a sound
but no one can hear us if there’s no one if there’s no one around
you’re one of a kind and it is time to scream and time to scream and shout
cause we’re stuck in perception and there’s no way out

if we all live our lives in your mind
then that kind of makes you god, and it kind of makes you blind
because you live just like us behind your eyes
behind your eyes, behind your eyes, behind your...
Track Name: Buzzkill
This time we’re going down, trying to get our feet on the ground
Do you feel, the grass between our toes as I said
You’re too high to get your eyes off of the floor
And sometimes you’re not worth fighting for
Do you know what goes on inside your head

It’s getting late, stuck in this state
That we’ve been in, my tragic friend
So here we wait, another date
Don’t you know yet? You just forget

Get down Get down
You’re too high, too high to realize
Get down Get down
I wont try, wont try to get you by no

I tried to keep you out of my life
And I tried and I can’t catch the knife
As you stand on the front steps cause you never call ahead
Knock knock, like a terrible joke
the tick tock of the clock getting late
and you smile as I hopelessly unlock the front door

It’s getting late, stuck in this state
That we’ve been, my tragic friend
So here we wait, another date
Don’t you know yet? You just forget

Get down Get down
You’re too high, too high to realize
Get down Get down
I wont try wont try to get you by, no
Track Name: Don't You Come Back For Me
The little lies we weave so honestly,
have more to say than words spoke true.
And in our lifetime, we’ll make history.
With Sappy Songs of, and, for you

I could write you the grandest story ever told.
But what's the point lies are the cheapest shit we've ever sold.

I have come undone

Could you could you please call my name out clearly through the cream,
because I can't recall the script to this misplaced unsightly scene.
How do I clear the space that's grown so far that I can't see?
If I can't catch up to you, no don't you come back for me.

Are my mistakes so hard to justify?
It seems so innocent to me
With words and actions meant to gratify
Would I be what you'd have me be

You're hearts so light you walk across the wake of all my sin
What kind of frame in mind have you resolved to put me in.


Lost in atrophy

Could you could you please call my name out clearly through the cream,
because I can't recall the script to this misplaced unsightly scene.
How do I clear the space that's grown so far that I can't see?
If I can't catch up to you, no don't you come back for me.
Track Name: Carry Me Away
the word “goodbye” with love and sorrow’s what you left with me that day
two lovers touch was not enough and were there too many words to say?
and when we kissed I felt the spark that was escaping from your soul
each lesser peak on the screen only confirms that you’re leaving me

Please don’t go, I am not better off alone

Dreams carry me to where our hearts still beat as one
carry me, this reality’s too cruel to be a part of

And every night the space beside me’s growing cooler to the touch
and out of reach, with slurred speech I mumble “I miss you so much”

Please don’t go, I am not better off alone

Dreams carry me to where our hearts still beat as one
carry me, this reality’s too cruel to be a part of

Carry me away to sleep, carry me away to sleep
Track Name: My Heart's The Same & Lighting Myself On Fire (Originally performed by Jukebox The Ghost)
Your heart's breaking in me
Like I ain't been broke before
And it feels good
It feels good, we should do this more.

I can't see your ears no more
I fell in love with you when your hair was still short
But now you've gone and matured
And I think someday you'll cut it
Like we cut it short

I can still see your face
Although the years may have forced some change
And I know I'm no longer the same
And I hope I don't show it
I hope I don't show it
But my heart's the same

One by one they come and pass
In pairs of two we know we can't last
And I hope I don't show it (oooh)
But my heart's the same

Promise, Promise Sweetheart
Fingers round in time
Fingers round each other
And all of this in time
But the cold ain't so cold
When you hold
Yourself to me

I think I'll go down in flames
Wouldn't ask you to join me
'Cause that would be insane, it you could warm your hands
Yeah and stake out your place right here next to me

They will come from miles away
'Cause it's cold outside
And they need a place to rub on their hands and feet
What better time and place than here?

'Cause you've become a fire in me
Ever since you turned eighteen girl
And then you said that love was
Just some sort of passing thing
You've become a fire in me
Ever since you turned eighteen,
And the cold ain't so cold
When you hold yourself to me

They will come from miles away
In your honor
In their Sunday best of sleeveless shirts and winter coats
Oh they've been waiting for this for years

You can see it in their eyes
There's a fire there
But it's not that I'm on fire but it's deep inside

They jump into the peppered sky

'Cause you've become a fire in me
Ever since you turned eighteen girl
And then you said that love was
Just some sort of passing thing
You've become a fire in me
Ever since you turned eighteen
And the cold ain't so cold
When you hold yourself to me

You, you can see it in their eyes
They're afraid that they'll catch fire
They're filled, they're filled with gasoline
Because it's what my heart desires

All these little birds, are chirping in their homes
Twenty feet above us they're where all footprints are heard

You're wearing it down, you know when you walk like that
We're not supposed to carry ourselves in the smalls of our backs
And you're wearing it down, you know when you walk like that
We're not supposed to carry ourselves in the smalls of our backs
Yeah you're wearing it down, you know when you walk like that
We're not supposed to carry ourselves in the smalls of our backs