Maps of Outer Space

by Elmer and the Ceramic Trees

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released December 15, 2016

All songs written, performed, and produced by Robbie Haas. Copyright 2016. Cover art by Karinna Rangel.

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Elmer and the Ceramic Trees Janesville, Wisconsin

Conceived in the summer of 2012 by Janesville, Wisconsin singer-songwriter Robbie Haas, Elmer and the Ceramic Trees blend the lush melodies of bands like The Beatles and Big Star with the doom-and-gloom pop of The Cure and The Smiths, the college rock jangle of REM and The Replacements, and the big choruses of u2 and Arcade Fire, to form a style of indie pop that is both catchy and honest. ... more

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Track Name: Two Immortals
Upon bleak December tundra
Two immortals standing small
With the aching realization
That one of them shall fall.

Eyes reach across the darkness
Breath burdened with defeat
When I promised you surrender
Or at least serenity.

So please, please, please
I remember...
I remember...
I remember...

When the sky fell through the morning
Laying clouds beneath your head
Staring lifeless into lightness
Pleasures crumble, daylight bends.

So please, please, please
I remember...
I remember...
I remember...

How I loved you.
Track Name: Everyone's Afraid These Days
Ambitions waver in the overcast
Condemned to linger in routine
End each directive with a question mark
I search in vain for higher peaks.

I feel the new year breathing down my neck
So heavy with uncertainty
And in the celebration's aftermath
I grind the stones between my teeth.

The silence stretched across the afternoon
The blankets tucked beneath my chin
The voices whisper underneath my door
They'll pray but I won't let them in.

('Cause it's okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(I'm okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(There's no shame) Everyone's afraid these days
(We're all okay) 'Cause everyone's afraid these days.

And the wrinkles of the sun
Will fill our faces with their ghosts
Carving valleys in our skin
Burning blisters on our hopes
And the party's almost gone
You were such an awful host
Icy murmurs chill the air
As you stutter through a toast.

('Cause it's okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(I'm okay) Everyone's afraid these days
(There's no shame) Everyone's afraid these days
(We're all okay) 'Cause everyone's afraid these days.
Track Name: Wilderness
Night whirls around me
Faceless
I'm drowning
In the vacuum of your soul
Boundaries disappear
With every pulse I'm nearer
To the hand of your control.

So drag me to the depths
Of love's dark wilderness
And make me bleed for you.

Give all of my life for a little more time with you
Said all of my lies gonna make a god out of you
All of my life for a little more time with you
All of my lies gonna make a god out of you.

Drunk on sweeter potions
Doubt eclipsed devotion
This anger looks so beautiful on you
Howls and thunder claps
That roll the heavens back
To reveal a darker shade of truth.

So love me 'til I'm hollow
Then leave me where the wind will carry me away.

Give all of my life for a little more time with you
Said all of my lies gonna make a god out of you
All of my life for a little more time with you
All of my lies gonna make a god out of you
All of my lies gonna make a god out of you.

And you're so pretty when it's raining
When all my palace walls are shaking
You're so pretty when it's raining
It's raining
It's raining
It's raining
It's raining.


Give all of my life for a little more time with you
Said all of my lies gonna make a god out of you
All of my life for a little more time with you
All of my lies gonna make a god out of you.
Track Name: View from a Beach
The light came over me
I felt the planets shift
I sailed through troubled clouds
To shapeless worlds adrift

For you...I'd shine for you.

Oh you're so beautiful
With the freckles that light your face
I have mapped my way back home
From the widest reaches of outerspace
So let me wrap around your bones
Like strings of seaweed tangled in your toes

For you...I'd shine for you
For you...I'd shine for you

Departures wear us thin
Embraces torn apart by savage winds
Souls lost in distant skies
Long to feel their weight again.

For you...I'd shine for you
For you...I'd shine for you.
Track Name: To Dream is Just as Good
In bedsheet canyons
My sole companion's
The window's lonely screams
My eyelids heavy
With weights of memories
Lost at the eddge of sleep

The glacial rooftops
Their sequined mountains
Engulfed by milky waves
And in their shambles
The evening shadows
Act out their mournful plays.

When at the door
A shape appeared
With gentle smiles
Assuaged my fears
From dust to dust
Through strange frontiers
Lit by stars that hang
In drops of tears.

Through cosmic fault-lines
Our spirits entwined
In rings around the sun
And in the clear night
Our fates dissolved
Like the snowflakes on our tongues.

For countless dreams
I have roamed
The barren land
Between God and stone
From spacious highs
To oceans low
To wrap your heart
In lengths of gold.

Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again
Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again
Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again
Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again
Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again
Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again
Arise from the cradle of a dream this is when I lose you again.
Track Name: The Waking Hour
(Instrumental)
Track Name: The Shadows Over Aztalan
A yellow fog flows from the brim of the moon
Through weeping forrests of an unwordly hue
The hallowed paths weave over tattered terrain
Stalked by the spirits striped with war on their face

An ancient valley where a city once stood
Plundered by plutocrats who took all they could
The emerald temples where the holy ones sleep
When twilight parts the earth they rise to their feet

In the cruel night
She will wait for you
With a cool smile
She Will wait for you

An ocean princess laid to delicate rest
With seashell eyelids and the sun in her chest
A crimson furry claws its way to the sky
The river thickens with the blood of the tribe

In the cruel night
She will wait for you
With a cool smile
She Will wait for you

In the cruel night
She will wait for you
With a cool smile
She will wait for you
She will wait for you

In the cruel night
She will wait for you
With a cool smile
She Will wait for you

In the cruel night
She will wait for you
With a cool smile
She Will wait for you
She will wait for you.
Track Name: Heavens Burn
A dream ago
I floated through your home
And I almost could remember who I was
The picture frames
Although the faces may have changed
Still hang crooked on your cold vanilla walls.

My mind recalled a day back in the fall
Back when I was only 17
My heart had burned
With corners left unturned
And summers that made candy out of weeds.

This is none of your concern
Sit back and watch my heavens burn.

Then I awoke
In a body I didn't know
Although I knew somehow that it belonged to me
I cried, I called
For anyone at all
Then descended down the stairs for my routine.

I'm in the zone
I'm a lost suburban drone
I'm a cause without effect without a time
And I had known you was crooked to the bone
Although I never felt the need to change my mind.


This is none of your concern
Sit back and watch my heavens burn
This is none of your concern
Sit back and watch my heavens burn.


This is none of your concern
Sit back and watch my heavens burn
This is none of your concern
Sit back and watch my heavens burn
Sit back and watch my heavens burn
Sit back and watch my heavens burn.
Track Name: In a Secret Place
In a secret place
I held your face
With every fallen tear I'd taste
The salty streams
The flowed from dreams'
Sweet reservoirs that time depletes.

From empty fields
Rose worlds unreal
That towered over mortal fears.
Great walls of trees
A kingdom between
Where giants roamed and dragons feast.

We rode the waves
To higher planes
Where seraphs held the snakes at bay
The flood gave way to vibrant shades
You put the color in my face
In a secret place.

I'd never known
We'd one day fold
Into the shadows of our own.
Our roads would bend
Arced by the hands
Of fates too wise to understand

With thunder came
White sheets of rain
That flushed the pink out from your face.
A kingdom lost
I couldn't reclaim
A wilted fern adorns a grave
In a secret place
In a secret place
In a secret place.
Track Name: The Revelation
Her majesty speaks through the lips of the clouds
The breeze on her whisper
Floats you free off the ground.
When the weight of infinity
Plants its feet on my chest
I only long to be near you
When you laugh and say
"Hello again my friend."

We can go swing in the rain
Imagine the leaves haven't changed
That all the honey remains
If you go I'll go to
So take me away with you
In the cold of the dark
There's a ghost of a spark
And it's shining my name.

Restbound I waited
For the air to grow thin
When the light starts to hemorrhage
All the blooming begins
The stars in my ceiling
Streaking like blood through the skies
I'm alone with my cobwebs
And the ghosts I swore I'd never leave behind.

We can go swing in the rain
Imagine the leaves haven't changed
That only honey remains
Love, lift me over the moon
On the wings of your sunset perfume
Through a crack in the dark
There's a blossoming spark
And it's calling me home
To you.