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Marc Bolan is the man who inspired me to finally pick up my guitar and write. When I first started creating, my thought was always the same: Does this sound like T.Rex?  Of course, once I grew into myself, I discovered how to express other influences, and found my way into some kind of originality (I hope) but, sometimes... there's still that 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, and I know many T.Rex fans who would say the same. For 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 an album's worth of material, and so we have Coming Up For Air.


This album is all originals, but includes an acoustic cover of Marc's 'All Alone' from the Futuristic Dragon album, as well as 'She Was Born To Be My Unicorn' at the end as a bonus.

If you like what you hear, feel free to check out my other solo music as Automatic Shoes, and now with a full band as Atari Ferrari (some new music coming very soon!)



Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes
Boots                                   Marc Bolan

A Bolonic vision of Orpheus Ascending.


Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes
Bass                                     Matthew Hughes

Strings                                 Matthew Hughes

There was a time when everything was fine.

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

Oh my angel, my beautiful
I wanna go back to the time before

Repeat in toto.


Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes
Bass                                     Matthew Hughes
Strings                                 Matthew Hughes
Words & Melody                 Marc Bolan


Saturation syncopation.

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



Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes

Organ                                  Matthew Hughes


All alone without a smartphone.


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?



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 out here left to crave?


CHORUS (twice)



Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes

Bass                                     Matthew Hughes

Percussion                          Matthew Hughes


Where do the mystery jets take us?


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



Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes


Walking with dinosaurs.


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.



Guitars                                Matthew Hughes


A child of the elements, born with a beard

and stars his in eyes.




Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes

Bass                                     Matthew Hughes


Alice Cooper sang this to me in a dream.


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



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




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








Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes


One last dance in a Martian ballroom.


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



It’s so good to rock

And to roll

With you



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)



Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes


One man’s trash is another man’s religion.


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



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)





Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes

Harmonica                         Matthew Hughes

Strings                                 Matthew Hughes


Hindsight is 2020.


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



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)




Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes

Melody                                Remco Visser

Guitar Noodles & Vocals    Remco Visser


Use it or lose it.


I fell in love with you

Before you knew my name

So much I can’t undo

But I’m still in the game



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)





Guitar & Vocals                  Matthew Hughes

Piano                                   Matthew Hughes

Rabbit Noise                       Alex

This sonata was tuned to a Canadian parking garage.



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