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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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Act II 02:18
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
Diamonds 03:21
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
Bodylord 02:40
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
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
Me Again 03:44
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
Dogs 04:13
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
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
Float 03:49
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
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
As It Is 02:26
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
Factory 04:17
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


released January 1, 2013


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

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