Afraid Of The Dark

by Peter Sando

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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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Track Name: Time Waits For No One
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
Track Name: Afraid Of The Dark
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
Track Name: Sally Hemings
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
Track Name: Bright Headlights
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’
Track Name: Jaded Love
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
Track Name: The Crowd Goes Wild
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
Track Name: Let Me Be The One
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
Track Name: No Earth Can Be Won
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
Track Name: Let's Get Serious
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
Track Name: House For Sale
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
Track Name: The Visit
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
Track Name: The Ghost Of Robert Erskine
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.