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A Beard Of Stars

by Automatic Shoes

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Prelude 01:02
A Day Laye 02:14
Every dawn of our lives a heart is forged and Linked with lore to one so similar Born with blessed life dust Stored beneath its soul To bless and pass onto its children. Even though the wind may blow it all away Don't ever worry 'cos I'm your friend.
Woodland Bop 01:40
Everybody's doing the Woodland Bop Once you start it you'll find it hard to stop. In the hallowed morning See her in the moon-white Streaking across the skies In the evening dusk dunes See her like a sun bird Streaking across the skies.
Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart In some way our slain are yours Stone eyes drill for wealth lies In some way our fate is one. Funny how the day comes slow Funny how the day comes so. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart At a glance our dance is one Sun Liege by your star trees Could you please heart cleanse our shores.
Swans do fly high above you All the time. Prince of Sun from his pavilion Makes you shine Come into my garden lady love Maybe I can hold your gold hand Glide within my gold grove lady love Know the earth and you'll understand.
Organ Blues 03:07
There's gold in the mountains And a people living in the sea. I love you and don't you know That you love me Yes you do. We make feasties of the beasties But the beasties just live in the wild You know that you're slower now And you were faster when you were A child Yes you were.
I'm gonna dance with my princess By the light of a magical moon As I go along my way I say hey-hey I'm gonna talk with the elders And tell all of our hearts That is good I'll barefoot dance with my baby By the light of a magical moon. When I slay the darkest day Then we can play 'Till that deep and joyous day We'll dance and pray.
Wind Cheetah 02:35
Great Horse 02:01
Great Horsey Champer Goldbraid Pranced proudly in the garden villas With the Sun Dipped diving with his horned onyx saddle Shining in the black aped eyeballs Of the gun. When the great apple falls She'll be Queen of your halls. Tall bowman from the burnt pastures Saw Champer and he bowed ground kissing To his lord. Strange beastie from the legend lair Sire, I can master with the aid of this Skull powdered cord
Dragon's Ear 02:40
Lofty Skies 03:07
Sat 'neath the eyes of the lofty skies We were chained by the rain to the pain of our love We kissed and cried Held 'neath the bars of the tangling stars We were pinned by the might of the warrior night We kissed and cried. O this time of love moves me.
Dove 02:22
All my days are leafy blue Because I'm not with you All my words are ragged steel When I'm not with you. See how the sun shines Like an arc where you walk All my fears are water clear When I'm not with you All I hear is wicked dear When I'm not with you.
Torch girl of the marshes Her kiss is a whip of the moon Dawns damsels are dancing To the hum of her sunny young tune. Gems held in her heart's head The shield of the rivers is hers She once told me to think white And the night disappeared like a bird. Hold the glove of gold behind you Love the glove of Truth.


I think the last few years of tragedy & political turmoil have pushed society into collectively finding solace in nostalgia. When reality gets too hard to face, we tend to look backward to the familiar for comfort and guidance. In looking back, we remember why we're here, and why we keep going. We recharge, find new hope, ready to face the future again - reborn and bopping!

Sometimes on our trips of nostalgia, we stumble across some ones or some things that got overlooked the first time around. That is why I feel the time is right for an album like this. The time of love is now. This planet is due to have a second look at the work of Marc Bolan; a man of seemingly infinite creativity, passion, humour, and charisma. I'm not claiming to be the guy for the job, but I'd certainly like to help.

It is quite simply impossible, after getting to know this man's work, to not believe in... something!


This album was recorded accidentally on purpose, when I bought my first bass guitar, and wanted to practice to some T.Rex songs. I started recording, and a week later, the album was finished. I played and recorded everything you'll hear.


released January 26, 2019

words & music: marc bolan
everything else: matthew joseph hughes


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

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