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Science Fiction Superstar

by Automatic Shoes

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1.
Prologue 01:32
Just on the border of your waking mind There lies another time Where darkness and light are one And as you tread the halls of sanity You feel so glad to be, unable to go beyond I have a message from another time
2.
Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still But he told us where we stand And Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear Claude Rains was the invisible man Then something went wrong for Faye Wray and King Kong They got caught in a celluloid jam Then at a deadly pace it came from outer space And this is how the message ran Science fiction (uh uh) double feature Doctor X (uh uh) will build a creature See androids fighting Brad and Janet Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet Oh oh oh oh At the late night double feature picture show I knew Leo G. Carrol was over a barrel When Tarantula took to the hills And I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott Fight a triffid that spits poison and kills Dana Andrews said Prunes gave him the runes And passing them used lots of skills But when worlds collide said George Pal to his bride 'I'm gonna give you some terrible thrills' Like a Science fiction (uh uh) double feature Doctor X (uh uh) will build a creature See androids fighting (uh uh) Brad and Janet Anne Francis stars in (uh uh) Forbidden Planet Oh oh oh oh At the late night double feature picture show I want to go oh oh To the late night double feature picture show By R.K.O oh oh To the late night double feature picture show In the back row oh oh To the late night double feature show
3.
Rocket Man 04:37
She packed my bags last night pre-flight Zero hour 9:00 a.m. And I'm gonna be high As a kite by then I miss the Earth so much I miss my wife It's lonely out in space On such a timeless flight And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touchdown brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no, no, no I'm a rocket man Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touchdown brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no, no, no I'm a rocket man Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids In fact it's cold as hell And there's no one there to raise them If you did And all this science I don't understand It's just my job five days a week A rocket man A rocket man And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touchdown brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no, no, no I'm a rocket man Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touchdown brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no, no, no I'm a rocket man Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone And I think it's gonna be a long, long time And I think it's gonna be a long, long time And I think it's gonna be a long, long time And I think it's gonna be a long, long time And I think it's gonna be a long, long time
4.
Changes 03:12
Everyone is right Everything is wrong Don't let the changes get you down, man 'Cos everyone is wrong Everything is all right now Don't let the changes get you uptight. Butter my toast, and I'll go Button up a coat, and let's go Off to the coast we must go Don't wanna boast, but I'll grow much better there Don't let the changes get you down man Vietnam, Biafra The absurdity of greed How much can one man possibly need? Sickness and disease And ignorance on every side Don't let the changes get you tight. Button your toast and let's go Button a coat and I'm gonna go Off to the coast we must go Don't wanna boast, but I'll grow much better there Don't let the changes get you down man.
5.
They paved paradise Put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? They paved paradise Put up a parking lot They took all the trees And put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people A dollar and a half just to see 'em Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? They paved paradise Put up a parking lot Hey, farmer, farmer Put away that DDT now Give me spots on my apples But leave me the birds and the bees Please! Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'til its gone? They paved paradise Put up a parking lot Late last night I heard the screen door slam And a big yellow taxi took away my old man Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? They paved paradise Put up a parking lot I said Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? They paved paradise Put up a parking lot
6.
I guess I should've known By the way you parked your car sideways That it wouldn't last See, you're the kinda person that believes in makin' out once Love 'em and leave 'em fast I guess I must be dumb 'Cause you had a pocket full of horses Trojan and some of them used But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right And you say, "What have I got to lose?" And honey, I say Little Red Corvette Baby, you're much too fast (Oh, oh) Little Red Corvette You need a love that's gonna last I guess I should've closed my eyes When you drove me to the place where your horses run free 'Cause I felt a little ill when I saw all the pictures Of the jockeys that were there before me Believe it or not, I started to worry I wondered if I had enough class But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right And you say: "Baby, have you got enough gas?" Oh yeah Little Red Corvette Baby, you're much too fast Yes, you are Little Red Corvette You need to find a love that's gonna last Oh oh Ooh ooh ooh Ooh ooh ooh A body like yours Oughta be in jail 'Cause it's on the verge of bein' obscene Now, move over, baby Gimme the keys I'm gonna try to tame your little red love machine Little Red Corvette Baby, you're much too fast Little Red Corvette Need to find a lover that's gonna last Little Red Corvette (Ooh) Honey, you got to slow down
7.
Book Ends 02:34
I've got a driver You've got a car Maybe we could go out for a ride Dance by the schoolyard Take a look around Stop and get a bite with the old crowd I can remember all the good times Put 'em in a book of memories Hopin' that our book will never end Hopin' that our book will never end You picked a flower Some time ago Put it on my desk at school that day Thought I would write you A small love poem Though I got it from a book I'd seen I can remember all the good times Put 'em in a book of memories Hopin' that our book will never end Hopin' that our book will never end
8.
America 03:40
Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together I've got some real estate here in my bag So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner's pies And we walked off to look for America Cathy, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh Michigan seems like a dream to me now It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw I've gone to look for America Laughing on the bus, playing games with the faces She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy I said, be careful, his bowtie is really a camera Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat We smoked the last one an hour ago So I looked at the scenery She read her magazine And the moon rose over an open field Cathy, I'm lost, I said though I knew she was sleeping And I'm empty and aching and I don't know why Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike They've all come to look for America All come to look for America All come to look for America
9.
Come gather 'round, people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin' And you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin' Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no tellin' who That it's namin' For the loser now Will be later to win For the times they are a-changin' Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled The battle outside ragin' Will soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin' Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don't criticize What you can't understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin' Please get out of the new one If you can't lend your hand For the times they are a-changin' The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is rapidly fadin' And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin'
10.
I was dancing when I was twelve I was dancing when I was twelve I was dancing when I was ah I was dancing when I was ah I danced myself right out the womb I danced myself right out the womb Is it strange to dance so soon? I danced myself right out the womb I was dancing when I was eight I was dancing when I was eight Is it strange to dance so late? Is it strange to dance so late? I danced myself into the tomb I danced myself into the tomb Is it strange to dance so soon? I danced myself into the tomb Is it wrong to understand The fear that dwells inside a man? What's it like to be a loon I liken it to a balloon I danced myself out of the womb I danced myself out of the womb Is it strange to dance so soon? I danced myself into the tomb But then again Once more I danced myself out of the womb I danced myself out of the womb Is it strange to dance so soon? I danced myself out of the womb
11.
Superstar 03:20
Long ago, and, oh, so far away I fell in love with you before the second show Your guitar, it sounds so sweet and clear But you're not really here, it's just the radio Don't you remember, you told me you loved me, baby? You said you'd be coming back this way again, baby Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby I love you, I really do Loneliness is such a sad affair And I can hardly wait to be with you again What to say to make you come again? (Baby) Come back to me again (baby) And play your sad guitar Don't you remember, you told me you loved me, baby? You said you'd be coming back this way again, baby Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby I love you, I really do Don't you remember, you told me you loved me, baby? You said you'd be coming back this way again, baby Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby I love you, I really do
12.
Love 02:16
Love is real, real is love Love is feeling, feeling love Love is wanting to be loved Love is touch, touch is love Love is reaching, reaching love Love is asking to be loved Love is you You and me Love is knowing we can be Love is free, free is love Love is living, living love Love is needing to be loved

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Hello from the Children of Planet Earth

I have a message from another time.
It came from outer space, and this is how the message ran:
Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact it’s cold as hell.
Sickness and disease and ignorance on every side.
They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
I felt a little ill when I saw all the pictures...

I can remember all the good times, put ‘em in a book of memories.
Laughing on the bus, playing games with the faces.
Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticize
...the fear that dwells inside a man. Is it wrong to understand?
Long ago, and oh so far away, don't you remember you told me...
Love is real. Love is free.


Prologue, by Jeff Lynne
Science Fiction, Double Feature, by Richard O’Brien
Rocket Man, by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Changes, by Donovan
Big Yellow Taxi, by Joni Mitchell
Little Red Corvette, by Prince

Bookends, by Joe Vitale
America, by Paul Simon
The Times They Are A-Changin’, by Bob Dylan
Cosmic Dancer, by Marc Bolan
Superstar, by Bonnie & Delaney Bramlett, & Leon Russell
Love, by John Lennon

+ River, by Joni Mitchell (bonus)

These were recorded over the course of the last few months for my 3D Vision episodes on YouTube & Facebook. I thought these songs might hang together and provide some nostalgic warmth during our winter of discontent. Thanks for letting me sing for you & GOODBYE 2020 !!!

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released December 21, 2020

Performed and produced by Matthew Joseph Hughes
with drums on Superstar by Rob Shugert

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

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