Coming Up For Air

by Automatic Shoes

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I wanna take you back Can I take you back? Oh, it was the year… Do you remember it clear? I wanna take you back Can I take you back CHORUS Oh my angel, my beautiful I wanna go back to the time before ​ Repeat in toto.
All Alone 03:02
All alone I sit at home With my chrome guitar Even Michael Mouse He has a house with someone there You handsome bitch, you movie twitch And seranade the dudes that move and Smile so vile and masquerade, they masquerade An adjacent kid with a Jamaican lid And switch-blade knife, steals the Truth from your golden tooth then he Turns you in So you hold hands tight on a marble night And maybe dismissed, but know that Zeus is never loose with his Grecian kiss His Grecian kiss Fiery skies in children eyes Fade into youth bleeding blood and tears On all the ears, that heard your gold So you walk the dog and you stroll the fog On a dome sky earth, and lie too hard Is an English bard, you better hide your tracks Better watch your mind
Cage 02:55
Can you really feel it? Do you really want it? Do you really mean it to the bone? Do you really want it? Can you really love it? If you only wrote it on your phone? CHORUS What is love in this age? Can I know in this cage? What is life in this age? Can we know all on stage? Did you really like it? Or did you just scroll by it? Did you just send me a pity wave? Are you still behind it? Or have you gone inside it? Is there nothing here left to crave? CHORUS (twice)
Rocketship 03:38
Is it lonely out in space? Or do we see all of our rocket friends? Is there such a place? What happens to all of our long lost rocket friends? The ones who bent the sound The ones who bent space The ones who went around And stood up for the human race Starmen who turned black to white And white to black Maybe we can build a ship And get em back Yes, maybe we can take a trip And get it back Yes, maybe I can build a ship And get you back Yes, maybe I can take a trip And get you back
It was a time before time We were strangers then In a universe rhyme Could it happen again? In the land before time We were eaten by men If I show up on time Could I still be your friend? We don’t know how to be kind We’re so small, it hurts my mind Da da da da da da Repeat in toto.
Alice 03:29
I was a good man I did nobody wrong At least none I can think of For the sake of this song But something has shifted The times they did change My friends and my family They all think I’m strange CHORUS And it’s all cos of you Yeah it’s all cos of you I was a good a man But I think I forgot Just how to be Oh, something I’m not They think I gamble They think I’m a joke Say I can’t handle Oh, nothing I’m broke CHORUS My friends think I’m crazy They call me insane I’m in the wreckage Of a runaway train ​ You light up my nightmares Singing songs in my brain And again And again CHORUS
It feels to be home If just for a while It’s good to be back In the warm of your smile ​ We had a child between It seemed so back then But now it seems We’ve got more of a friend CHORUS It’s so good to rock And to roll With you Again After a long strange trip Round the stars How did I find my way back To your arms? ​ Nothing lasts But some things never change But life’s a gas And baby, you’re strange CHORUS (twice)
Dark Angel 02:30
With some more words from our savior You pass the burden down to me Mouthing lines for our creator Your self-annointed destiny But you’re no revelation Who would stand for such a fraud? And you expect me to love Your so called right hand man of God CHORUS Dark Angel How could you? Dark Angel Time is through Another coin will fill your fountain One more child will hear your voice And though you’ll fill your life up counting You won’t feel love from that Rolls Royce And so I see no clear creation Excepting that of your facade And you expect me to love Your so called right hand man of God CHORUS (twice)
Greedy leader, show your face I come here from outer space I need to talk to you Shady politician, listen You must know I’m on a mission Time is nearly through CHORUS What happened to my revolution? The one we promised all the children? Mister DJ, who are you? To tell me what to play and listen to We’re all over you Highway soldier, what’s your name? Or did you give that up to play their game? They’re just using you CHORUS (many times, but not Hey Jude)
I fell in love with you Before you knew my name So much I can’t undo But I’m still in the game CHORUS Life is strange And love won’t last But after all It’s still a gas… I would go back for more But I think you’re happy now Just to think back before Still gets me through somehow Love is strange And life won’t last But after all It’s still a gas All the times we shared in song Reading between our lines And what is right can go so wrong But in the end, we still feel fine CHORUS (twice)
Moonlight 01:23


Marc Bolan is the man who inspired me to finally pick up my guitar and write. When I first started creating, the thought was always does this sound like T.Rex? Of course, once I got the hang of it, I discovered how to express myself, and other influences, and found my way into some kind of originality (I hope) but, sometimes... there's still the thought. What would Marc do? I thank him for not only showing me how to be an artist, but how to be human. By the light of his music, I've stumbled upon so many great experiences and loving people. I know many T.Rex fans who would say the same. Nearing the 40th anniversary of his passing, and his 70th birthday, I decided to write a couple songs once again with Marc in mind. A few songs became 14, and so we have this album.

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released August 19, 2017


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Automatic Shoes Spokane, Washington

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

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