Afraid Of The Dark

by Peter Sando

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    12 Original songs by Peter Sando

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1.
TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE (Peter Sando) I just can’t wait for this I just can’t wait for that I keep on checkin’ that old clock on the wall a watched pot never cooks no time write my book and in the end I ain’t got nothin’ at all Time Waits For No One a year goes by in the wink of an eye Time Waits For No One you know I’m gonna love you ‘til the day I die Life sweet as the day is long I just can’t wait ‘til dawn anticipating what the fates will allow we’ve been through this before I never could find a cure but that was then this is now Time Waits For No One a year goes by in the wink of an eye Time Waits For No One you know I’m gonna love you ‘til the day I die I want to capture the moment I‘m going to live for today tomorrow’s never what we thought it would be don’t want to waste my time holdin’ on to yesterday Another New Year’s Eve my heart is on my sleeve I just can’t help the way I’m feeling inside you count the seconds down you’re listenin’ for the sound but the world keeps turning and there’s no place to hide Time Waits For No One a year goes by in the wink of an eye time waits for no one you know I’m gonna love you ‘til the day I die
2.
AFRAID OF THE DARK (Peter Sando) Your eyes were wide open as they struggled just to see the stranger in the moonlight and who he could not be you took my hand it was just a walk in the park ‘twas then I realized you were Afraid Of The Dark You worship the morning bask in the sun but there’s no need to gamble when you’ve already won you’ll never know what it’s like to cling to a spark and it’s hard to live alone when you’re Afraid Of The Dark This world is insane a flickering flame moving yet going nowhere you look for a sound it turns you around you reach but there’s nobody there I stand alone in the twilight I walk a fine line all love is abandoned I’ve turned my back on time the evening’s refrain puts a chill deep in my heart I was blind to let you go now I’m Afraid Of The Dark Afraid Of The Dark
3.
SALLY HEMINGS (Peter Sando) Born as a slave Sally Hemings came of age knowing only to obey strange as it seems just a child of fifteen trapped in a passion play Old Master Tom he was wise to be gone when the grapes grew on the vine half sister of his wife Sally served him through life as a secret concubine Tho’ words that he wrote would endure equality life and liberty it goes against the grain and the tick and the tock of the two-faced clock can drive a man insane Time passes slow down on Mulberry Row where sorrow never ends off in the night to the north pass for white never to be heard from again Tho’ words that he wrote would endure humanity owned as property it goes against the grain and the tick and the tock of the two-faced clock can drive a man insane Tom chose to die on the 4th of July as they gathered round his bed Sally lit the flame to protect his good name and the letters never were read Tho’ words that she wrote would implore they sold the slaves now he turns in his grave as the tourists stop and stare while Sally rests in peace ‘neath the Hampton Inn and nobody knows that she’s there
4.
BRIGHT HEADLIGHTS (Peter Sando) Cruisin’ down on Main Street lookin’ for a thrill I was being followed by a yellow Coupe De Ville now she had a reputation for driving pretty fast it may not be the first time but it might be the last Then she gave me the Bright Headlights she was blowin’ her horn she said move on over but I just kept on goin’ Stopped at a stoplight give a little gun I rolled down my window she said “we can have some fun” I thought about the last time and the time before My face turned red the light turned green and I put it to the floor Then she gave me the Bright Headlights she was blowin’ her horn she said move on over but I just kept on goin’ Soft shoulders dangerous curves whispers in my ear three little words but my momma once told me when love ain’t real keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel Oh I headed for the wilderness highway 46 fog as thick as pea soup my eyes were playin’ tricks it’s a reckless situation to love her is to fear her and all I could see was that solid white line and that Cadillac in my mirror Then she gave me the Bright Headlights she was blowin’ her horn she said move on over but I just kept on goin’
5.
Jaded Love 07:01
JADED LOVE (Peter Sando) How could we mistake this pain for pleasure and tho’ it seems a little crude you say “one man’s junk is another’s treasure so enjoy your solitude” I looked into your eyes I thought I saw the future now I know it was just the past I saw myself reduced to some lowly creature crawling crying slowly sinking fast Is it the moon not quite full ah, but that was always close enough is it just a stage that we’re going through is it me or is it you or is it only Jaded Love Jaded Love Jaded Love Was I betrayed by all my blindness and the music in my reverie Is this the price I pay for so much kindness or a scene from some dark comedy Is it the moon not quite full ah, but that was always close enough is it just a stage that we’re going through is it me or is it you or is it only Jaded Love Jaded Love Jaded Love
6.
THE CROWD GOES WILD (Peter Sando) A loud guitar the superstar gets caught up in his own disguise flying fingers and a monkey on his back right before your eyes praise from the critics hype in the press his image is perfect but his life is a mess and The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild again Trumpets roar the matador sparkles in grand parade up to the moment of final truth when the kill is finally made an ear for the lady the cape for the king as kerchiefs and roses pour into the ring and The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild again Spotlights fade the naked young lady has tranquilized her pride now she’s a feast for hungry eyes there’s no place left to hide she’d be up on the ladder if she ever had a chance but she forces a smile and gets lost in the dance and The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild again Jump! Jump! they scream to the man on the roof from the street below he knows it’s time to bring the curtain down there’ll be no second show call for the clergy call for the net but for once in his life his mind is set and The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild The Crowd Goes Wild again
7.
LET ME BE THE ONE (Peter Sando) Let me be the one to put sunshine in your days jewels in your box flowers in your vase Let me be the one to put the peaches in your pie sugar in your tea the twinkle in your eye Let me be the one who comes home to you each night sit there by the fire make you feel alright Let nothing come between us through the years of toil and strife I will always be your friend would you be my wife I know my love is gonna stay until my dying day if you say you’ll Let Me Be The One Let me be your driving wheel when the road gets rough holding down my job we will always have enough Let me be the father of the children that you bear give them all my love I always will be there I know my love is gonna stay until my dying day if you say you’ll Let Me Be The One
8.
NO EARTH CAN BE WON (Peter Sando) There’s a toy in the field It turns to rust there’s a boy at the wheel dust to dust well it won’t be a war that makes us free you won’t need no lock on your door when understanding is the key No Earth Can Be Won If you just take what you need and give when you can you’ll be planting the seed of love of land No Earth Can Be Won Now your nation may rise but the night will fall there’s a full moon in the sky and you can see it all the wind and the rain the land and the sea the pleasure and pain you and me No Earth Can Be Won
9.
LET’S GET SERIOUS (Peter Sando) It all started as a childish game practical jokes and “Do I know your name?” we fooled around and in a day or two my heart was set on you Let’s Get Serious let’s talk it over we’re such good friends but baby we could be lovers you’ve been playing on my mind and I do believe it’s time we got serious It’s funny honey when you’re laughin’ with me we’ve so much in common it was meant to be and they say that two can live as cheap as one well the fun has just begun Let’s Get Serious let’s talk it over we’re such good friends but baby we could be lovers you’ve been playing on my mind and I do believe it’s time we got serious Talk to me straight for just a little while tell me you love me and I won’t crack a smile I can’t believe somebody could look so fine and baby that’s no line Let’s Get Serious let’s live together we’re such good friends and baby will be forever you’ve been playing on my mind and I do believe it’s time we got serious
10.
HOUSE FOR SALE (Peter Sando) Down at the end of Sycamore Lane there’s a three bedroom ranch that looks over the plain now I don’t mean to gossip but you’ll find out anyway the previous owners have gone separate ways House For Sale divorce situation a love liquidation of a husband and wife House For Sale the bedroom is spacious the owners are anxious to start a new life He’d stop on the way home from work every day at the local saloon to drink half of his pay when he came home at 10 she would walk out the door to a part time position at a convenience store House For Sale divorce situation a love liquidation of a husband and wife House For Sale the bedroom is spacious the owners are anxious to start a new life Well you’d better act fast this one won’t last they’re at the end of the line and there’s nothing else out there at $129 In need of some paint the lawn’s overgrown there’s a hole in the kitchen where something was thrown but other than that well it’s really quite new a handyman special just waiting for you House For Sale divorce situation a love liquidation of a husband and wife House For Sale the bedroom is spacious the owners are anxious to start a new life House For Sale
11.
The Visit 04:33
THE VISIT (Peter Sando, Jack McMahon) Through the lamplight windowpane colors dancing in the rain I felt a presence I had known all at once I was not alone I could almost touch her face another time another space tomorrows I had left behind yesterdays I’ve yet to find Close my eyes the meaning of my dreams is it much more than it seems I can’t even tell you when I wake I feel my life has changed time rearranged and I hear words she never spoke on days that never broke Vapors floating through the air in the garden standing there softly I could hear her song through the silence of the dawn Close my eyes the meaning of my dreams is it much more than it seems I can’t even tell you when I wake I feel my life has changed time rearranged and I hear words she never spoke on days that never broke the love she never gave the love we never made
12.
THE GHOST OF ROBERT ERSKINE (Peter Sando) Grinding sounds from the Drink Brook Bridge gravestones shaking in the dark the bright blue glow of his lamp on the ridge a spirit slowly moving through the park Cats all scatter as he comes down the lane stray dogs howling at the moon a cold damp chill from a broken windowpane then you feel his presence in the room There’s a creak on the stair and a must in the air hear the leaves a’rustling on the ground on a cold October night when the stars are shining bright The Ghost Of Robert Erskine comes around Haunting the hills and the trails and the trees that he knew when he was still alive lo the marine chevaux de frise waiting for the enemy to arrive He wonders what became of his mine and his forge as he walks right through he parlor door hide and seek with his old friend George dying just to know who won the war There’s a creak on the stair and a must in the air hear the leaves a’rustling on the ground oh the children will cry and the eagle’s gonna fly when The Ghost Of Robert Erskine comes around All songs ©2011 Sandbag Music BMI except “The Visit” ©2007 Sandbag Music BMI / Slowturn Music BMI “Let’s Get Serious” ©1988 Sandbag Music BMI Lyrics reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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"Peter Sando is perhaps best known as the main wizard with Gandalf, and he travels similar ethereal psychedelic paths to that legendary group on his most recent CD outing. From the Byrdsian jangle of 'Time Waits For No One' through to the electric sitar flourishes on 'Jaded Love,' Sando stays true to his sixties roots: the title track could even be considered as a coda to 'I Watch The Moon' from the Gandalf LP. With country and blues rock flavoured numbers Sando's musical palette becomes a little broader, while 'Sally Hemmings' is a charming historical vignette in a more traditional folk setting. It’s always refreshing to hear an artist build on their previous body of work and Sando doesn’t disappoint with this selection of late night listening pleasures." - Grey Newell, Shindig Magazine, 2013

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released March 1, 2012

Produced by Peter Sando
Recorded at High Point Studios, Ringwood, NJ
Additional recording at Hickory Street Studios, Blauvelt, NY
Mastered by Bob Irwin at Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, NY
Special Thanks to: Wenke Taule, The 3 B’s,
Jack McMahon, Bob Irwin, Bryan & Lenny Post, Alan Freed
© 2012 High Point Records, LLC

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Peter Sando Ringwood, New Jersey

Peter Sando emerged in the late 60's from the band Gandalf, formerly the Rahgoos. The GANDALF album was released on Capitol in 1969 and has become a psychedelic classic. Peter also sang lead on two singles as the Barracuda on RCA, including "The Dance at St. Francis" which charted briefly in 1968. Peter continues to write, record and perform throughout the New York/New Jersey area folk circuit. ... more

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