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3D Vision & The California Blues

by Automatic Shoes

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1.
There was a time everything was fine You got drunk on the day like it was wine And all the children they put flowers in their hair And all the grown-ups they put daggers there instead
2.
Angel Down 02:04
I confess I am lost In the age of the social On our knees, take a test To be lovin' and grateful Shots were fired on the street By the church where we used to meet Angel down, angel down But the people just stood around I'm a believer, it's a trial Foolish and weaker, oh, oh, oh I'd rather save an angel down I'm a believer, it's chaos Where are our leaders? Oh, oh, oh I'd rather save an angel down Doesn't everyone belong In the arms of the sacred? Why pretend we're all wrong? Has our young courage faded? Shots were fired on the street By the church where we used to meet Angel down, angel down Why do people just stand around? I'm a believer, it's chaos Where are our leaders? Oh, oh, oh I'd rather save an angel down I'm a believer, it's a trial Foolish and weaker, oh, oh, oh I'd rather save an angel down
3.
Wildflowers 03:16
You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, kill off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free Run away, find you a lover Go away somewhere all bright and new I have seen no other Who compares with you You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea You belong with your love on your arm You belong somewhere you feel free Run away, go find a lover Run away, let your heart be your guide You deserve the deepest of cover You belong in that home by and by You belong among the wildflowers You belong somewhere close to me Far away from your trouble and worry You belong somewhere you feel free You belong somewhere you feel free
4.
Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go They're forming in a straight line They're goin through a tight wind The kids are losing their minds Blitzkreig Bop They're piling in the backseat They're generation steam heat Pulsating to the back seat Blitzkreig Bop Hey ho, let's go Shoot em' in the back now What they want, I don't know They're all reved up and ready to go They're forming in a straight line They're goin through a tight wind The kids are losing their minds Blitzkreig Bop They're piling in the backseat They're generation steam heat Pulsating to the back seat Blitzkreig Bop Hey ho, let's go Shoot em' in the back now What they want, I don't know They're all reved up and ready to go They're forming in a straight line They're goin through a tight wind The kids are losing their minds Blitzkreig Bop They're piling in the backseat They're generation steam heat Pulsating to the back seat Blitzkreig Bop Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go
5.
The Wind 01:36
I listen to the wind To the wind of my soul Where I'll end up, well, I think Only God really knows I've sat upon the setting sun But never, never, never, never I never wanted water once No never, never, never I listen to my words But they fall far below I let my music take me Where my heart wants to go I've swam upon the devil's lake But never, never, never, never I'll never make the same mistake No never, never, never
6.
He doesn't make shoes Or design a new shirt Or take photographs But no one gets hurts And he doesn't look trendy Like guys in magazines You won't see him at parties He's not the face behind the scenes He makes nothing He's the nothing maker He's the maker of nothing He's the nothing maker And he doesn't paint pictures Or write poetry Or act on a stage For others to see And he don't expect much Santa Claus knows Cause he doesn't make lists Of toys and new clothes Everyone's chasing A reason to live Mostly they take more than they give The succeeder justifies Why he needs more than the rest He believes his own lies And thinks he's the best... But my guy Doesn't make movies To suit an audience's whim He lives by a code Known only to him And he doesn't make money To buy watches and cars Cause there's no time and no place to go For a man who has nothing to show
7.
Spent my days with a woman unkind Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine Made up my mind to make a new start Going To California with an aching in my heart Someone told me there's a girl out there With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair Took my chances on a big jet plane Never let them tell you that they're all the same The sea was red and the sky was grey Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake As the children of the sun began to awake Seems that the wrath of the Gods Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow I think I might be sinking Throw me a line if I reach it in time I'll meet you up there where the path Runs straight and high To find a queen without a king They say she plays guitar and cries and sings La la la la Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems
8.
Coyote 05:08
No regrets Coyote We just come from such different sets of circumstance I'm up all night in the studios And you're up early on your ranch You'll be brushing out a brood mare's tail While the sun is ascending And I'll just be getting home with my reel to reel There's no comprehending Just how close to the bone and the skin and the eyes And the lips you can get And still feel so alone And still feel related Like stations in some relay You're not a hit and run driver, no, no Racing away You just picked up a hitcher A prisoner of the white lines on the freeway We saw a farmhouse burning down In the middle of nowhere In the middle of the night And we rolled right past that tragedy Till we turned into some road house lights Where a local band was playing Locals were up kicking and shaking on the floor And the next thing I know That Coyote's at my door He pins me in a corner and he won't take "No!" He drags me out on the dance floor And we're dancing close and slow Now he's got a woman at home He's got another woman down the hall He seems to want me anyway Why'd you have to get so drunk And lead me on that way You just picked up a hitcher A prisoner of the white lines of the freeway I looked a Coyote right in the face On the road to Baljennie near my old home town He went running through the whisker wheat Chasing some prize down And a hawk was playing with him Coyote was jumping straight up and making passes He had those same eyes - just like yours Under your dark glasses Privately probing the public rooms And peeking through keyholes in numbered doors Where the players lick their wounds And take their temporary lovers And their pills and powders to get them through this passion play No regrets, Coyote I just get off up aways You just picked up a hitcher A prisoner of the white lines on the freeway Coyote's in the coffee shop He's staring a hole in his scrambled eggs He picks up my scent on his fingers While he's watching the waitresses' legs He's too fat from the Bay of Fundy From Appaloosas and Eagles and tides And the air conditioned cubicles And the carbon ribbon rides Are spelling it out so clear Either he's going to have to stand and fight Or take off out of here I tried to run away myself To run away and wrestle with my ego And with this flame You put here in this Eskimo In this hitcher In this prisoner Of the fine white lines Of the white lines on the free, free way
9.
Born In Time 03:44
In the lonely night In the stardust of a pale moonlight I think of you in black and white When we were made of dreams I walk alone through the shakin' street Listenin' to my heartbeat In the record breaking heat When we were born in time Just when I thought you were gone You came back Just when I was ready to receive ya You were smooth You were rough You were more than enough Oh babe, why did I ever leave ya I grieve ya Out on the risin' curve Where the waves of nature will test every nerve I took you close and got what I deserved When we were born in time Just when I knew who to thank You went blank Oh just when the fire light was gleamin' You were snow You were rain You were striped You were plain Oh babe, could it be That you been schemin' Or was I dreamin' In the hills of mystery In the foggy web of destiny You're still so deep inside of me When we were born in time
10.
Landslide 03:14
I took my love, I took it down I climbed a mountain and I turned around And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills 'Till the landslide brought me down Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love? Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life? Well, I've been afraid of changing 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder Even children get older And I'm getting older too Well, I've been afraid of changing 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder Even children get older And I'm getting older too Oh, I'm getting older too Oh, take my love, take it down Oh, climb a mountain and turn around And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills Well the landslide will bring it down And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills Well the landslide will bring it down, oh oh The landslide will bring it down
11.
In Dreams 02:53
A candy-colored clown they call the sandman Tiptoes to my room every night Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper "Go to sleep. Everything is all right." I close my eyes, then I drift away Into the magic night, I softly say A silent prayer like dreamers do Then I fall asleep to dreams, my dreams of you In dreams I walk with you, in dreams I talk to you In dreams you're mine, all of the time We're together in dreams, in dreams But just before the dawn, I awake and find you gone I can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry I remember that you said goodbye It's too bad that all these things Can only happen in my dreams Only in dreams, in beautiful dreams
12.
People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin When I say that I'm o.k. they look at me kind of strange Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me When I tell that I'm doing Fine watching shadows on the wall Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball? I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round I really love to watch them roll No longer riding on the merry-go-round I just had to let it go People asking questions lost in confusion Well I tell them there's no problem Only solutions Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind I tell them there's no hurry... I'm just sitting here doing time I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round I really love to watch them roll No longer riding on the merry-go-round I just had to let it go
13.
Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers nearby Awaiting a word Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirit he runs Wishing he could fly Only to trip at the sound of goodbye Wordlessly watching he waits by the window and wonders At the empty place inside Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams he worries Did he hear a good-bye? Or even hello? They are one person They are two alone They are three together They are for each other Stand by the stairway you'll see something certain to tell you Confusion has its cost Love isn't lying it's loose in a lady who lingers Saying she is lost And choking on hello They are one person They are two alone They are three together They are for each other
14.
Well I dreamed I saw the knights in armor comin' Sayin' something about a queen There were peasants singin' and drummers drummin' And the archer split the tree There was a fanfare blowin' to the sun That was floating on the breeze Look at Mother Nature on the run In the 1970s Look at Mother Nature on the run In the 1970s Lyin' in a burned out basement With the full moon in my eyes I was hopin' for replacement When the sun burst though the sky There was a band playin' in my head And I felt like getting high I was thinkin' about what a friend had said I was hopin' it was a lie Thinkin' about what a friend had said I was hopin' it was a lie Well, I dreamed I saw the silver space ships flyin' In the yellow haze of the sun There were children cryin' and colors flyin' All around the chosen ones All in a dream, all in a dream The loadin' had begun Flying Mother Nature's silver seed To a new home in the sun Flying Mother Nature's silver seed To a new home
15.
Life's the same I'm moving in stereo Life's the same except for my shoes Life's the same you're shakin' like tremolo Life's the same it's all inside you It's so easy to blow up your problems It's so easy to play up your breakdown It's so easy to fly through the window It's so easy to fool with the sound It's so tough to get up It's so tough It's so tough to live up It's so tough on you Life's the same I'm moving in stereo Life's the same except for my shoes Life's the same you're shakin' like tremolo Life's the same it's all inside you Life's the same I'm moving in stereo Life's the same except for my shoes Life's the same you're shakin' like tremolo Life's the same it's all inside you
16.
Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Wierd and Gilly, And The Spiders from Mars. He played it left hand, but made it too far, Became the special man, Then we were Ziggy's Band. Ziggy really sang, screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdo Like some cat from Japan, he could lick 'em by smiling He could leave 'em to hang He came on so loaded man, well-hung and snow white tan. So where were the spiders while the fly tried to break our balls? Just the beer light to guide us. So we bitched about his fans and should we crush his sweet hands? Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were Voodoo The kids were just crass, He was the naz With God given ass He took it all too far But, boy, could he play guitar. Making love with his ego, Ziggy sucked up into his mind Like a leper messiah When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band Ziggy played guitar
17.
I'm just a man I understand the wind And all the things That make the children cry With my Les Paul I know I'm small But I enjoy living Anyway Book after book I get hooked Every time the writer Talks to me like a friend What can I do We just live in a zoo All I do is play The spaceball ricochet Deep in my heart There's a house That can hold Just about all of you I bought a car It was old but kind I gave it my mind And it disappeared I love a girl She is a changeless angel She's a city it's a pity That I'm like me I said how can I lay When all I do is play The spaceball ricochet
18.
Remember the kids in the playground avoiding the bullies each day Timing your life to the monsters, the monsters that won't go away And you win some, you lose some, you ain't got much choice So you choose one, what have you done ? Everybody lies and we're stuck in the middle I think I liked it better when the world was round There's too much information but not enough to go on I think I liked it better when the world was round Now that we're older and wiser, now we got kids of our own Timing their lives to the monsters but the monsters won't leave them alone You win some, you lose some, you ain't got much choice But it's gotta be done, yeah, it's gotta be done 'Cause everybody lies and we're stuck in the middle I think I liked it better when the world was round There's too much information but not enough to go on I think I liked it better when the world was round; I don't wanna put you off it, I don't wanna put you off it But I think I liked it better when the world was round And I wish that I could change it, yes I wish that I could change it I think I liked it better when the world was round Is it my imagination ? When I look back through the ages ? Is it my imagination ? Yeah You win some, you lose some, you only got two shots So you take one, what have you done ? 'Cause everybody lies and we're stuck in the middle I think I liked it better when the world was round There's too much information but not enough to go on I think I liked it better when the world was round And I don't think we deserve this, no I don't think we deserve this I think I liked it better when the world was round Give me a reason to believe in, give me a reason to believe in I think I liked it better when the world was round Maybe we can make it better, maybe we can make it better I think I liked it better when the world was round When the world was round, when the world was round I think I liked it better when the world was round When the world was round, when the world was round
19.
I know, I know, I know, I know When I go, I go, I go, I go I know, I know, I know, I know When I go, I go, I go, I go Gonna get somewhere, gonna get somewhere Gonna find my way out, gonna find my way out Gonna get somewhere, gonna get somewhere Gonna find my way out, gonna find my way out (Ah-ahh) Baby, you and me, we're dreamers (Ahh, ah-ahh) We could tear down the sky Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (You and me, we shine together) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (If you dream it, you can have it) On an island, we ride the wave It's so blue, I can't look away Vacation forever, baby I know we gon' make it someday Gonna get somewhere, gonna get somewhere Gonna find my way out, gonna find my way out Gonna get somewhere, gonna get somewhere Gonna find my way out, gonna find my way out (Ah-ahh) Baby, you and me, we're dreamers (Ahh, ah-ahh) We could tear down the sky Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (You and me, we shine together) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (If you dream it, you can have it) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (You and me, we shine together) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (If you dream it, you can have it) And you know that I've been dreaming for a long time (And if you dream it, you can have it) So baby, let's get ready for a long ride, yeah Don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, nah Don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, nah Don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, nah Don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, don't wanna wait, nah (Ah-ahh) Baby, you and me, we're dreamers (Ah, ah-ahh) We could tear down the sky Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (You and me, we shine together) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (If you dream it, you can have it) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (You and me, we shine together) Jaguars in the air, jaguars in the air, air Jaguars in the air (If you dream it, you can have it)

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I've been making music as Automatic Shoes since 2006 now... I take my name from the T.Rex song Telegram Sam. "Automatic Shoes, gimme 3D vision & the California Blues". I first found an audience & kinship with T.Rex fans in the UK, so I've covered Marc Bolan pretty regularly over the years - but every few months, I see someone asking if I have an album's worth of covers. The concept has always scared me, as I wanted people to hear my own songs. But as I get older, I realize that fear is a dangerous motivator/inhibitor, and should not be the driving force behind any art. We have enough fear out there in the world - so here is the album where I overcome mine.

Normally before I start recording a new album, I'll warm up by experimenting with a few cover songs, to try out different sound and production ideas. We're just starting in on recording the next Atari Ferrari album, so I wanted to go a little harder this time - 20 songs in one month. Going to California was recorded first and kind of sparked the idea for the whole project. Watching the Wheels was done last, recorded on my iPad. I love the sound of Lennon's demos (and Bolan's.) Also, the lyrics for Dylan's song, Born In Time, were taken from the Oh Mercy sessions demo. I tried to find songs from artists that I think sparked something inside of me as a kid, and those that still inspire me today.

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released September 30, 2019

Performed by Matthew Joseph Hughes.

1. There Was A Time | T.Rex
2. Angel Down | Lady Gaga
3. Wildflowers | Tom Petty
4. Blitzkrieg Bop (with Atari Ferrari) | Ramones
5. The Wind | Cat Stevens
6. The Nothing Maker | Pretenders
7. Going To California | Led Zeppelin
8. Coyote | Joni Mitchell
9. Born In Time | Bob Dylan
10. Landslide | Fleetwood Mac
11. In Dreams | Roy Orbison
12. Watching The Wheels | John Lennon
13. Helplessly Hoping | Crosby, Stills, & Nash
14. After The Gold Rush | Neil Young
15. Moving In Stereo | The Cars
16. Ziggy Stardust (with Atari Ferrari) | David Bowie
17. Spaceball Ricochet | T.Rex
18. When The World Was Round | Ian Hunter
19. Jaguars In The Air | Lykke Li

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

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