Creatures Of Habit

by Peter Sando

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1.
How predictable we humans are once we get something down we run it into the ground but if the shoe fits I just can't quit Creatures of Habit can't help what they do Creatures of Habit I'll come runnin' to you Uncontrollable and weak we go and place another bet smoke a cigarette I see a telephone I hope you're alone Creatures of Habit can't help what they do Creatures of Habit I'll come runnin' to you I can't let go sometimes it feels so strange instinct rules my soul and that's not gonna change How dependable my heart will be a lover and a friend again and again and I'm gonna need you every day so set in my ways Creatures of Habit can't help what they do Creatures of Habit I'll come runnin' to you
2.
I have prayed for the damnedest things prayed for sunshine and prayed for rain prayed for money and material gain but I Don't Want To Pray For Love I thank God for this life I live and I say grace before I break my bread I pray forgiveness for some things that I did but I Don't Want To Pray For Love I’ll pray for peace and brotherhood please take away the fear and hate but I can find love on my own I hope I’m not too late They say give and you’ll receive and if that’s true then I believe unselfish hearts should never bleed oh I Don't Want To Pray For Love And here I am on my knees again sorrowful to say the least but If I have to live without your love I might as well be a priest If you want your freedom go ahead and fly I'll pray for you and this other guy I'll pray we meet in heaven when we die but I Don't Want To Pray For Love no I Don't Want To Pray For Love
3.
John Brown 05:11
Some said John was saintly some said he was a fool as he spoke of revolution and the golden rule with a bible in his satchel and a rifle in his hand he would sacrifice his own to liberate this land John Brown left North Elba for Ossowatamie he knew his sons were waiting and Kansas had to be free they were fighting border ruffians hoping to turn the tide but the bloody swords of '56 no one could abide Back in Virginia we gathered in his glow his eyes as red as fire hair as white as snow he knew a house divided in time would never stand as unto the secret six Capt. Brown revealed his plan Attack at Harper's Ferry this time it's for real dreams of insurrection reinforcements from the fields now we had the guns and ammo and a chance to get away but old man Brown he held his ground he was goin' to have his day John Brown John Brown John Brown laid his body down What northern lawyer will defend the leader of this gang tried before his wounds had healed and sentenced to hang he owed more than his life but his words would pay the debt and strike a blow for freedom that no one could forget In Cleveland and Concord the bells they did ring from Philadelphia to Buffalo choirs they would sing all along the underground railroad people they were crying abolitionists everywhere knew John Brown was crucified John Brown John Brown John Brown laid his body down (Spoken) From Frederick Douglass to Malcolm X Marcus Garvey to the secret six: Sanborn, Smith, Stearns, Parker, Higginson, & Howe to Emerson, Thoreau, Turner, Truth, Tubman, & Stowe
4.
Time goes by so quickly the future is the past the world is surely changin' bad news travels fast by now we know what's happening please don't remind us all these negative feelings we're gonna leave them all behind us No News is Good News I've heard it all before No News is Good News keep away from my door We don't need no headlines summing up the world the most current affair in my life is being with my girl eliminate distractions put 'em all up on the shelf it's all blown out of proportion anyway we better worry 'bout ourselves No News is Good News I've heard it all before No News is Good News keep away from my door We'll cover up the mailslot and disconnect the phone and when we hear that doorbell ring we're gonna yell out "NOBODY'S HOME" no TV or radio not gonna waste my time if we told them how the other 99% of us live it wouldn't be worth a lousy dime No News is Good News I've heard it all before No News is Good News keep away from my door (INST) Environmental catastrophe greed and corruption it's Dan Rather with the play by play of all the day's death and destruction No News is Good News I've heard it all before No News is Good News keep away from my door
5.
She was an older girl she'd been all 'round the world she knew just what to say she looked so fine didn't waste no time she made it easy to stay but when her hair came down I stood my ground I thought of you I excused myself now I'm Tried and True Her sweet perfume it filled the room and it made me high her big green eyes hypnotized as they opened wide but it felt so wrong your love was too strong I was drawn to you baby here I am Tried and True She was mine for the taking so beautiful and free yes there are ladies fair but none to compare with the one who waits for me Every lover fears when temptation nears a heart can fall and I must confess a tight cut dress can make a good man crawl I've been down to the wire I've walked through fire just to get to you and you can count on me 'cause I'm Tried and True
6.
Rest your head my child it's twilight on the plain we're safe inside this circle of stones I look into your eyes I think of a distant flame and pray that you will rise up and be strong The ghosts of all this nation still whisper in the wind Bliss Sando with The Ringwood Rockers they haunt me as I mingle with their sighs as all the broken promises lie scattered in the sand we dream of sacred hills we left behind Sleep now Desert Flower let the night wind speak your name and await your waking hour in the morning rain I can see the future and the medicine it brings to the day this trail of tears will finally bloom the old ways forgotten like the song the eagle sings but the truth will be revealed like painted moon So sleep now Desert Flower let the night wind speak your name and await your waking hour in the morning rain
7.
Two people sitting in a bar trying to fall in love one got drunk and the other went home now they go on spending their nights alone well ooee the drunk was me and I can't get out of my bed wondering what it was that scared her away it must have been Something I Said When I was young I held my tongue tho' it never seemed to do no good tryin' to live on a heartbreak song but no one else could ever sing along so I sold my soul to reach my goal and now there's a price on my head I'm out here hiding like everyone else all because of Something I Said Well the years go by and everything changes like a train rolling over the tracks and this old boy's come a mighty long way but I can't find a way to go back can't find a way to go back So watch and wait but you can't tempt fate I guess it wasn't meant to be when the stores are empty and the well runs dry it really won't matter how hard you try so hope and pray but live for today tomorrow we could all be dead and I'm still sitting here wastin' my time thinking 'bout Something I Said Well the years go by and everything changes like a train rolling over the tracks and this old boy's come a mighty long way but I can't find a way to go back can't find a way to go back
8.
Put on a smile today let all the bad dreams fade away and don't mind the people who are cutting in your line because Baby They'll Do It Every Time If you're confused 'bout what's right just follow your heart to the light and look out for liars they can stop you on a dime Baby They'll Do It Every Time Just count your blessings it's so easy to find faults you might miss the best part of the day it's a secret to survival and a lesson for us all don't waste your time on things you can't change You gotta choose love over pain 'tho you may stumble again and again to err is human but forgiveness is divine and Baby We'll Do It Every Time oh Baby We'll Do It Every Time
9.
Summer Love 04:45
The big city grind is so far behind I know a place I can hide the lights on the bay show me the way soon I'll be there by her side bright August moon on a sleepy lagoon taking away all my care the warm summer breeze plays through the reeds whispers a song in my ear And it's a one way trip to a lover's island lighthouse climbing to the sky the ocean in her eyes Summer Love laying in the sand Summer Love we’ll be free again Summer Love with the wind in her hair and the time we share in the salty air Convertible car eats up the tar this is what I call fun away from the crowd radio loud taking our time in the sun the birds on the beach just out of reach pick on a crab til it's clean we walk hand in hand write in the sand the words float away to the sea And it's a one way trip to a lover's island lighthouse climbing to the sky watchin’ boats go by Summer Love we’ll be singing songs Summer Love as we stroll along Summer Love with the sun on her skin and the cool of a swim as the waves roll in
10.
Helpless 04:04
Sometimes I feel like I'm torn in two on the fine line between love and desire the spirit so willing but the flesh so weak and I'm Helpless as a man can be How many times have I looked for you had to be blind enough to see I opened my eyes but my hands were tied I was Helpless as a man can be I listened to my conscience once but that was long ago now a voice keeps callin' me but I don't hear what it says ' cause I don't need it no more The rest of my life making love to you that's all I need to set me free here I stand waiting for the touch of your hand Helpless as a man can be
11.
Sink Or Swim 03:36
The first time that I saw her I was knocked right out but way back in my mind I still had my doubts 'cause I'd heard all the stories and I understood in spite of all her beauty she was still no good Well I guess that more than once she had me thinkin' twice and I'm not one to disregard a friend's advice but stories often spread like ripples on a brook so I stepped in myself to take a closer look Sink or Swim I've fallen in who's gonna throw the line how long can I last when I'm sinkin' fast I think I'm gonna lose my mind We sailed the sea of love and she called me honey and then she turned her back on me and kept my money just like some kind of rock she went and put me down she said "You're too dense to float and I'm too young to drown" Sink or Swim I've fallen in who's gonna throw the line how long can I last when I'm sinkin' fast I think I'm gonna lose my mind Well I'd be high and dry if I had time to think but fools like me were meant to wind up in the drink I could scream and shout but it won't do no good 'cause I can't swim and everybody knew I would Sink or Swim I've fallen in who's gonna throw the line how long can I last when I'm sinkin' fast I think I'm gonna lose my mind
12.
Thinkin' back and keepin' track of all the things we've done paper moons and motelrooms loving on the run and by now we've travelled far and I don't know where we are Oh the time goes by so fast nothing lasts and there's One Less Star in the sky where's the love we knew what to do when we reach goodbye Valentine says please be mine as if it were the Spring but skies are grey and I must say the bird is on the wing and it's been so very long since you sent your love back home And the time goes by so fast nothing lasts and there's One Less Star in the sky where's the love we knew what to do when we reach goodbye Go on free yourself be yourself find yourself the place where you belong who knows where the road may lead someday you may find the dreams you left behind And the time goes by so fast nothing lasts and there's One Less Star in the sky may your wish come true what to do when we reach goodbye (INST) And I hope someday you find all the dreams you left behind 'cause the time goes by so fast nothing lasts and there's One Less Star in the sky where's the love we knew what to do when we reach goodbye
13.
I got lost one day while looking for you I had to change my point of view for lack of anything better to do I cease to be myself Consider Me Somebody Else Now the reason we're here is plain to see it's guns or butter and nothing is free and I can still remember when I was me I cease to be myself Consider Me Somebody Else All this talking I ought to be walking away new horizon find a better way When I'm early you tell me I'm late when I'm on time you're makin’ me wait call it bad timing or call it fate I cease to be myself Consider Me Somebody Else All this talking I ought to be walking away new horizon find a better way I got lost one day while looking for you I had to change my point of view for lack of anything better to do I cease to be myself Consider Me Somebody Else
14.
How predictable we humans are once we get something down we run it into the ground but if the shoe fits I just can't quit Creatures of Habit can't help what they do Creatures of Habit I'll come runnin' to you Uncontrollable and weak we go and place another bet smoke a cigarette I see a telephone I hope you're alone Creatures of Habit can't help what they do Creatures of Habit I'll come runnin' to you I can't let go sometimes it feels so strange instinct rules my soul and that's not gonna change How dependable my heart will be a lover and a friend again and again and I'm gonna need you every day so set in my ways Creatures of Habit can't help what they do Creatures of Habit I'll come runnin' to you

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released November 1, 1999

Produced and recorded by Peter Sando at High Point Productions
Mastering: Dennis Ferrante at BMG Studios
All songs written by Peter Sando except
"Thay'll Do It Every Time" by Peter Sando & Jack McMahon
"Helpless" by Peter Sando & Bob Jenkins
© 1999 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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