"Maps" as written by and Karen Orzolek Nick Zinner....
Pack up
I'm strayed
Enough

Oh say say say
Oh say say say
Oh say say say
Oh say say say
Oh say say say

Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Maps
Wait, they don't love you like I love you

Made off
Don't stray
My kind's your kind
I'll stay the same
Pack up
Don't stray
Oh say say say
Oh say say say

Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Maps
Wait, they don't love you like I love you

Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Maps
Wait, they don't love you like I love you

Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Maps
Wait, they don't love you like I love you

Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Maps
Wait, they don't love you like I love you


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"Maps" as written by Karen Lee Orzolek Brian Chase

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  • +23
    General CommentI think this song is in the form of dialogue. One person is talking about packing up and leaving and the other person is saying "wait." The second person is telling them how much they love them, implying that they want them to stay. I think it is called maps because there is a decision about which direction to go in life, to stay or to go away. Just my interpretation.
    doobeydoobeydudeon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +12
    My InterpretationThe song is about the lead singer, Karen O, going on tour and the insecurities she had with her then boyfriend Angus Andrew from Liars.

    "Maps" refers to her fans in the different places around the world that they are going, and the whole "they don't love you like love you" means that them adoring her isn't like the love from her boyfriend.

    The interesting bit is that all this, the chorus, is what she wants her boyfriend to SAY TO HER as she is leaving him. She wants her boyfriend to basically beg her not to go on tour, or to come back from tour, to tell her that he loves her more than her fans ever could, more than her adoring public, more than the crowds at every gig (the "Maps", the places they are visiting).

    While on tour she missed her boyfriend terribly and this song is about he insecurity that he wasn't missing her as much as she was missing him.
    wicknighton November 20, 2008   Link
  • +7
    Song MeaningThis is the actual meaning from the actual singer!
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    TheAnalyston June 10, 2012   Link
  • +6
    Song Meaningi heard its about her ex and he was supposed to come to that recording but he wasn't there so she knew he was done with her... Maps stands for "My Angus Please Stay".
    spilledJAMon October 24, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI fell in love with one of my best friends (I'm bisexual and she's straight) and listening to this during that period in my life made it all about me loving this girl, being her shoulder to cry on and always taking care of her but she still didn't consider me more than a friend. She went off with guys that constantly did her wrong and broke her heart, and every time I picked up the pieces. I was so desperate for her love and I couldn't for the world understand why she didn't give me a chance rather than keep seeing those guys when they obviously didn't care for her like I did. I had a crush on her on and off for a couple of years, but I only told her how I felt once and I did that after she'd had sex with a guy without really wanting to. I just told her "I know you consider yourself straight and I respect that, but I wish you could realize that I'm the person I've always been, I've always been your friend when no one else has and I would never jeopardize that so please trust me when I say that none of those guys love you like I do". Anyhow, I'm over her now but this song says everything about my longing for her to find a bigger space for me in her heart. So that's what it's about to me.
    Peace!
    Felison June 12, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentM.A.P.S is actually an acronym for "My Angus Please Stay"
    shookikon June 26, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentppl need to shut up about who's a true fan and blah blah blah. it's music. if you like it listen to it and who gives a fuck about anything else. can't we all just enjoy it for what it is?
    jessthinkon May 10, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:)
    Thia007on November 27, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI highly doubt this song is about being 'gay.'
    It really does sound like long distance love to me:
    "Pack up... i'm straight - i'm not"

    I'm straight can imply her frame of mind.. she's not thinking straight.. she thinks she's ok or 'straight' and then realizes that she's not because the distance is going to be burdensome.

    "Wait they don't love you like I love you" only further justifies this because she's telling her beloved that regardless of the distance nobody is going to care for him or her the way that she does.

    "Made off, don't stray well my kinds your kind we'll stay the same" is basically another example she uses to express her love, they're two of the same kind so she's asking her lover not to stray.
    Stray is a clever pun because in this case she's asking him not to stray emotionally, or physically (stray in terms of physical distance.. or leave).

    The rest of the song just reinstates the elements that she's been trying to put accross.
    LadyShadeson September 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think typing in all CAPS is really, really, annoying.
    musicgirl429on September 03, 2008   Link

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