As It Is

by Automatic Shoes

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    Full track listing: Act II, Diamonds, Bodylord, I'm Letting Go, Me Again, Dogs, Don't Pity Me, Float, Much Too Patient To Die, As It Is, with bonus tracks Factory & Me Again (Take 1). All songs written and performed by Matthew Hughes. Runtime approx. 43 minutes.

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released January 1, 2013



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Automatic Shoes Spokane, Washington

My name is Matthew Hughes, and I am Automatic Shoes. Singer/songwriter from Spokane, WA. Just want to love & make music. Hope you like what you hear.

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Track Name: Act II
Act too hot, act too cold
It might be aging, might be getting old
Sometimes in silence, I wonder why
We do these crazy things we don't have to try

Put on my friends
And put on my shoes
For act II
Act too

Put on face
Like I don't have the blues
For act II
Act too

Act too rich, act too poor
Act like you don't need this job anymore
It could be caution, might be a hassle
I'm not too busy just to be an asshole

Put on my love
Squeeze on the glue
For act II
Act too

I wear this face
Because of you
And act II
Act too
Track Name: Diamonds
In the land of equal
Where we're taught to be what's right
Anything is possible
That is until anything's in sight

We've got this freedom
At least I've seen it on TV
But with every nightfall
Someone's taken dreams from you and me

I'm being fined
For all things I can't afford
Rich folk feed their minds
While the poor boy has to whore

I work as hard
With so far less to show
They've dealt the cards
So of course theirs are diamonds all in a row
Track Name: Bodylord
Oh bodylord, my bodylord
Can't pay the rent on my body, lord
Oh bodylord, my bodylord
Who pays the rent on their body, lord?

It's just me.. can we work it out?
If it's not free, then I can do without

Your bodylord, my bodylord
Who pays the rent when you cannot afford?

Starting to see it all so clearly now
It's only free when you go underground
Track Name: I'm Letting Go
I come out of my shell
Upon your cry for help
You said you'd like some company
You've been sitting by yourself

I might just feel the same
Want to lend a friendly hand
I'm not the kind who dies in loneliness
Not the one to take a stand

I reach out
You let go
Is that all you want
Or do you know?

I step back
You make a show
Is that all you want?
I'm letting go

I don't know you well
Maybe that's the hitch
You don't want to know me
You just wanna bitch

And everyone's got a need
For their own outlet
If you're just a need to feed
I'm out of it
Track Name: Me Again
I've been running on empty
I've been feeling so blue
I've been doing my best
Not to get over you

This life is a journey
Sometimes you get lost
It's so hard to stay true
When you can't pay the cost

I don't know
Why it's so hard
I have to let go
When I can't be where you are

I can see
What changes and when
I'll flip the switch
And I'll be me again

I've dabbled with cigarettes
A little alcohol
Try to drum up the patience
To get through it all

Sometimes it's a battle
Not with you, but myself
I get by on my knees
But your love is top shelf
Track Name: Dogs
Only man would take a friend
He couldn't look at in the eye
One who waits on every word
And when apart, cripple and die

Is it that we want the need
And when it's present, neglect?
Or do we just forget to feed
Our love is all so indirect

Better take friends by the hand
Hold them close, let them inside
Share the love, and share your thought
The heart is not a place to hide
Track Name: Don't Pity Me
I've seen those eyes once before
You bailed me out, but now you're keeping score
An angel with wings used for sweeping the floor
Don't pity me

You can say 'you have been misguided'
By opinions that are provided
And those secrets I confided
But don't pity me

You tell me I've been misdirected
By prophets and seers I've long respected
Do anything just to be elected
But don't pity me

You play on my basic fear of rejection
Pay off the mirrors who sway my perception
Build me a nest and take up collection
But don't pity me
Track Name: Float
That place between happy and sad
At least I know I can always get there

That rest between good and bad
Sometimes it's nice to breathe in there

Freedom in and out of mind
In between the mean and the kind

A river flows, right in between
Splits the two conflicting lives
Track Name: Much Too Patient To Die
We're not half bad after all
I always doubt what's good and true
We take chances, sometimes fall
But I am human, then there's you

No more over the shoulder
Waiting for love to slip by
And we'll never get older
'Cos I'm much too patient to die

We've got time and open eyes
And I don't fear to speak my mind
We see right through established lies
We'll take this world and leave it kind

No more over the shoulder
Waiting for the world to slip by
And we'll never get older
'Cos I'm much too patient to die
Track Name: As It Is
Life is gonna be hard, they say
Unless you've paid and planned your way
Life, in your throat, can be hard to swallow
Can't eye the road with all these rules to follow

Life as it was
Always looking greener than before
Life as it is
Feeling like there has to be more

Love is gonna cut me down, I've heard
Love hangs on to every goddamn word
In the end, it's what we make of it
And you best not try to rise above it

Love as it was
Seems a little clearer than before
Love as it is
Feeling like there has to be more
Track Name: Factory
Seasons change, but what am I?
Will I blossom, will I die?
Is it truth we seek to know?
What exists that gardens grow?

I'm a stranger and I know
'Cos I've got no place to go
This existence not for me
Won't get caught in factory

They say life is just a game
They tell us that we're all the same
If that's so, then what's the use
Of stepping 'round our silly truths?

Are we ever meant to find
The woven key before our time?
Forget about what they had planned
You're meant to grow on your own land