No More Heroes

by Automatic Shoes

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Album cover photo by Scott Webb

I recorded this album while in my quarantine at home. I've been feeling down about my songwriting and mixing abilities, but I realized I just needed to do the best I can and send some good vibes out to the world. I hope something on here can connect or bring a smile. There are 3 bonus tracks if you download, including a funky track from the late great Bill Withers, and my first 'Lana Del Rey' voice on record. I don't have any income during this lockdown, so all donations are hugely appreciated.

- Matthew

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released April 1, 2020

Performed by Matthew Joseph Hughes

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Automatic Shoes is the solo project of Atari Ferrari frontman Matthew Joseph Hughes.

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Track Name: Beautiful
You've got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You're gonna find, yes you will
That you're beautiful, as you feel

Waiting at the station with a workday wind a-blowing
I've got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don't see it showing, why do I?

You've got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You're gonna find, yes you will
That you're beautiful as you feel

I have often asked myself the reason for sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there's any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try

You've got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You're gonna find, yes you will
That you're beautiful
You're beautiful
You're beautiful as you feel
Track Name: Dog On The Run
Well, it's been so long
Since you went away
You wanted one last song
It was a Shade of Grey
And I've been living my life
Out on my own like a dog on the run
Dog on the run

Yeah, it's been so long
Since I learned that day
You're never really known
Until you fade away

And you know it happens faster than you ever dreamed
And you know if you went back that you just couldn't be
Wouldn't be
Just a dog on the run
Dog on the run
Dog on the run

Yeah, it's been so long
Since you went away
You wanted one last song
With just a Touch of Grey

And you know it happens faster than you ever dreamed
And you know if you went back that you just couldn't be
Wouldn't be
Just a dog on the run
Just a dog on the run
Dog on the run
Dog on the run
Track Name: Little History
Starshine
Baby, you blew my mind
It was so right
Baby, at the wrong time
Must have left a little bit of me back there

Sundown
Still you come around
Don't know how
How I ever put you down
Everlasting dream of you and me in the air

Oh babe
If you listen in on what I have to say
If you're a little bit down today
You'll be okay
And time to time I dream of you and me back there

Starshine
Baby, you blew my mind
It was so right
Baby, at the wrong time
Must have left a little bit of me back there

Oh babe
Funny how our life just blows away
I'm missing you these days and it's okay
I'm glad we left a little history back there

Everlasting dream of you and me in the air
Time to time I dream of you and me back there
Track Name: Black Hole Soul
A little kindness is all I need from you
I could overlook your lack of skill
A little tenderness would do a lot for you
I don't need those looks that kill

All I need
All I need is a little soul
You can find your way out of every black hole

Show me a spark, I can shine a light
Just give me a sign you'll be alright
I don't want to be around a soul so black
To have to work so hard for what you lack

All I need
All I need is a little soul
I can find my way out of every black hole

If you're performing now for who you love
And diving deeper down inside your shell
There's a better way to rise above
That comes from learning how to be yourself

All you need
All you need is a little soul
Yeah, you can find your way out of every black hole
Track Name: The One
I know I'm not the one
And I ain't trying to be the one
I'm just trying to be nice
But your heart is cold as ice

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
But I ain't trying to be the one

I know you're not the one
But I'm sad that you are gone
You were trying to be blind
But you couldn't change your mind

You're not the one
You're not the one
You're not the one
So why am I so sad that you are gone?

Oh, talk to me anyway baby
Satisfy my time
Doesn't have to be forever
Pacify my mind

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
I'm not the one

Just talk to me anyway baby
Satisfy my time
Doesn't have to be forever
Pacify my mind

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
But I ain't trying to be the one
Track Name: No More Heroes
I don't know how to tell you all
Just how much you break my heart
Just when it seems like there's something good coming
We give up before we start

There's people telling me every day to give it up
I don't know what I'd do if I ran out of luck

It's pretty hard to get heard these days
If you ain't got the cash
I always thought the reason to play
Was to make something last

Still people telling me every day to keep it up
I don't know what I'd do if I fell out of love

They say there's no more heroes anymore
We're adding all up to zero if you look at the score
And we're all just waiting to come undone
And I'm just pretending I'm the only one having fun

We got people in cages
Who committed no crime
I could do something about it
If I wasn't stuck looking for my next dime

Still they're telling us every day to give it up
I don't know what I'd do if I lost your love

They say there's no more heroes anymore
We're adding all up to zero if you look at the score
And we're all just waiting to come undone
And I'm just pretending I'm the only one having fun
Track Name: Give Me Some Space
Don't wanna sing a lonely song
Just to have you here
Don't wanna be the lonely one
Don't wanna hide all my fear

How can you be so strong?
Have your desires come and gone?

I won't pretend to understand
All I ask is that you take my hand
From time to time it's good to know
There's still someone who cares, and so

I'm gonna marry the music
While I wait for you
It's a test on my instinct
I hope I can pull through

I pick my heart up off the ground
And maybe you'll come around
I pick my heart up off the ground
And maybe you'll come around

You say "give me some space"
And I really need mine
But I'm afraid to love
And I'm running out of time

I pick my heart up off the ground
And maybe you'll come around
I pick my heart up off the ground
And maybe you'll come around
Track Name: Hope For The Flowers
A new Pretender
Just in time for my breaking heart
Every time my life comes crashing down
I take a little comfort in the world just falling apart

But it wasn't your fault
And it wasn't mine
Some things just don't work out
Some roads you just don't go down

Another drug
Just in time for a new start
Every time I climb another hill
I dive a little deeper into all that's making me ill

But it wasn't your fault
And it wasn't mine
Some things just don't work out
Some roads you just don't go down

Hope for the flowers
I fall deeper down this time
The wasted hours
Make you stronger for the climb

Hope for the flowers
I fall deeper down this time
The wasted hours
Make you stronger for the climb

Hope for the flowers
I fall deeper down this time
The wasted hours
Make you stronger for the climb

Hope for the flowers
I fall deeper down this time
The wasted hours
Make you stronger for the climb
Track Name: Are We Ever Gonna Dance Again?
I don't need roses
Don't need love
Just want enough to get by
I'm not a sinner
I just don't hate
Would that keep you satisfied?

In a different reality
I'd be better than I had to be

Try to be easy
But not a fool
Who needs another way to cry?
But then you see me
As just a tool
Of something greater than I

In a different reality
I'd be better than I had to be
Maybe smarter than I used to be
But I'm no better than I have to be

When the party's over
Will I get a chance?
When the world is over
Will we dance?
Til the world is over
Let us dance
Are we ever gonna dance again?

La da da da da

In a different reality
I'd be better than I had to be
Maybe bigger than I used to be
But I'm no better than I have to be

When the party's over
Will I get a chance?
When the world is over
Will we dance?
Til the world is over
Let us dance
Are we ever gonna dance again?
Track Name: Sing Me A Song
Sing me a song that the world can sing along
And I'll show you a song that stands for living
Sing me a song that the world can sing along
And I'll show you a song from the heart

White, blinding light, that's so bright
It enfolds you
Scream that's your dream, it's so real
It remoulds you

Sing me a song that the world can sing along
And I'll show you a song that stands for living
Sing me a song that the world can sing along
And I'll show you a song from the heart

Yeah, Yeah
Track Name: Groove A Little
You can call somebody captain
Under pressure you can flip
You can be a rock commando
But you can't pilot the ship

Groove a little baby, groove a little now
Groove a little baby, you might know
what you want
But I'll show you how *

You can trip the light fantastic
Become a space grotesque
You can fossilize your thought dreams
Behind a rusty desk

* Repeat

You might know what you want
But I'll show you how
You can read the works of Shakespeare
In the Academy of Life
You can punk the skunks of freedom
With you jeweled Etruscan knife

* Repeat twice
Track Name: The Time Of Love Is Now
Light up your face
With all the love within you
Say your word
Make it heard

Light up the wind
With all the kings inside you
Shout it out
Have no doubts
For the time of love is now

Light up your head
With things the children said child
Make a start
From your heart

Light up the world
With poems from within you
Shout it out
Have no doubts

For the time of love is now
And your days of love
Are always in a dream
You know.
Track Name: I Won't Back Down
Well, I won't back down
No, I won't back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down

No, I'll stand my ground
Won't be turned around
And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won't back down

(I won't back down) Hey, baby
There ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down) Hey, I
Will stand my ground
And I won't back down

Well, I know what's right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground
And I won't back down

(I won't back down) Hey, baby
There ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down) Hey, I
Will stand my ground
(I won't back down) And I won't back down

(I won't back down) Hey, baby
There ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down) Hey, I
Won't back down

(I won't back down) Hey, baby
There ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down) Hey, I
Will stand my ground
(I won't back down) And I won't back down
(I won't back down) No, I won't back down
Track Name: Beth
Beth I hear you calling
But I can't come home right now
Me and the boys are playing
And we just can't find the sound

Just a few more hours
And I'll be right home to you
I think I hear them calling
Oh Beth what can I do
Beth what can I do

You say you feel so empty
That our house just ain't our home
I'm always somewhere else
And you're always there alone

Just a few more hours
And I'll be right home to you
I think I hear them calling
Oh Beth what can I do
Beth what can I do

Beth I know you're lonely
And I hope you'll be alright
'Cause me and the boys will be playing all night
Track Name: Tiger King
Baby baby
Would you still boogie with me?
I'm no Slim Shady
But I'll show you the real Tiger King

Could you be the one
To tame me
Pretty baby
Please don't lame me

Baby baby
Would you still boogie with me?
I'm going crazy
But I can't be lazy or get weak

Could you be the one
To tame me
Pretty baby
Please don't lame me

Baby baby
Would you still boogie with me?
I'm no Slim Shady
But I'll show you the real Tiger King

Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha

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