Planetary Nights

Planetary Nights

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockAmericana

Planetary Nights delivers vibrant Americana rockers and ballads where an array of past and present musical influences converge to produce a compelling and unique brand of rock 'n' roll.

Biography

Planetary Nights is the banner for the Americana music written and
recorded by New York City based songwriter R.J. (Bob) McSweeney.


Over thirty original PN songs have been released on several records:
Elliptical Motion in 2009; Live ‘n’ Untethered in 2010; Today Ain’t Too Late
in 2012; Shimmer in 2013; and Silken Sky in 2015. PN songs reflect a wide
range of rock, pop and roots influences with each song having its own
unique personality in terms of melody, arrangement and dramatic lyrics.


A wide range of musicians have contributed to those recording sessions,
including Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Steve Earle, Joan Jett), who produced the
Today Ain’t Too Late and Silken Sky albums; Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton);
Kelly Looney (Steve Earle); and Mark Spencer (Son Volt, Blood Oranges),
Mark Hermann (Five for Fighting), who produced Elliptical Motion; Rob
Clores (Black Crowes); Phil Cimino (Chris Barron); Graham Hawthorne
(David Byrne, Paul Simon).


The catalogue of Planetary Nights music has received critical praise and
has attracted an extensive fan base from Internet and radio airplay. Bob’s
songs have been accepted and represented by a number of prominent
music libraries used by music supervisors working with the film and
television industries. Several PN songs have been licensed for television
(e.g. CBS, A&E, ESPN) as well as various commercial advertising.


Here are excerpts from some reviews:


“Road Trip, the rip-roaring first single from Planetary Nights’ 14-track
Elliptical Motion is an ideal showcase for the musical vision of singer/
songwriter R.J. McSweeney, the namesake behind the band. Licensed by
ESPN for its “Sports Center”, the song beckons, “We’re taking a trip, we’re
going together/To the hills or the shore, it don’t really matter/Your love and
laughter are all I’m after. Good times, huh? Equally robust N.Y.C. offers a
shout-out to McSweeney’s home base, displaying his obvious penchant for
classic rock, blues and soul. The more restrained Starting Over, If Ever,
Ebony Eyes and Hide Away reveal the musician’s more soulful side with
equal skill.” (Billboard)


“Planetary Nights is back and better than ever with their second studio
album. R.J. & company have one hot record on their hands of raw energy
and a rootsy, rockin’ sound.” (Scope Magazine)


“Today Ain’t Too Late” is straightforward Americana the band imbues with
surprises . . . maintaining the variation that they are adept at.” (Billboard)


“Today Ain’t Too Late is a winner with rocking roots as infectious as any
you’re likely to hear from better known bands. McSweeney does it all—lead
vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter—and he does it all with dynamic
originality. The album features a collection of gritty rockers that will have
audiences up on their feet mixed with a couple of tender ballads that will
keep them up and swaying.” (Blogcritics, Jack Goodstein)


“On their new album, Planetary Nights is a rock band that brings their
sound back to basics, still keeping an eye out for fresh and original
melodies, somewhere in between the primal kick of The Ramones, the pop-
rock oriented twist of The Replacements and the Americana rock a la Tom
Petty, fiercely showcasing rock ‘n’ roll swagger.” (I Still Sing Along Blog) 

Lyrics

Ghosts In My Mind

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Ghosts In My Mind

Colors dissolve turn into grey
Feels like I’m stuck in another day
Wish there was somethin’ more I could do
I’m frozen in time dreamin’ ‘bout you

Choices we make never decay
They’re ghosts in our minds
Where they’re gonna stay
Chasin’ a vapor feulin’ the flame
Sure got its price ‘n’ I know its name

Wishin’ won’t make them go away
The hurt in my heart grows more every day

Rememberin’ when we said goodbye
The smile on your lips ‘n’ tears in your eyes
So very young I couldn’t see
Just what I had - what you meant to me

Watchin’ the shadows crawl ‘cross the floor
Cursin’ the way I’m missin’ you more
Done all I could - no use in cryin’
Haunted each day by ghosts in my mind

Wishin’ won’t make them go away
The hurt in my heart grows more every day

Choices we make never decay
They’re ghosts in our minds
Where they’re gonna stay
Chasin’ a vapor feulin’ the flame
Sure got its price ‘n’ I know its name

Leave this behind go to your door
Hope you can love me just like before
Pray there’s a way that I can find
To get you to free these ghosts in my mind

Embers

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Embers

Embers of our fire
Whisper to you
Tell secrets of your heart
While warm winds blow

Echos of desire
Rumble through you
A sound you know that starts
Your life to glow

Woahoowooh woahoowoho
Feel the starlight
Push ‘n’ pull
Like moon ‘n’ tide
Woahoowooh woahoowoho
Bring the one thing
That you’ll need
When you arrive

A million messages fly upon the air
Each pulse with memories to share
Do some bring you solace
A phantom oh so rare
Never is too late
To be aware

Ancient codes we carry
Stir inside you
Mysteries they unlock
Awaken soon

Echos of desire
Rumble through you
A sound you know that starts
Your life to glow

Woahoowooh woahoowoho
Feel the starlight
Push ‘n’ pull
Like moon ‘n’ tide
Woahoowooh woahoowoho
Bring that one thing
That you’ll need
When you arrive (repeat last three lines)

Today Ain't Too Late

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Today Ain’t Too Late

Callin’ out today to sisters ‘n’ brothers
Find a better way I know you wan’ another
Come on out today you long-lost lovers
Let me hear you say

That today ain’t too late
Say today ain’t too late

You lie t’ justify the same ol’ way
Hear our voices rise ‘n’ what we got t’ say
No more compromise - been played, okay
Look into our eyes

Today ain’t too late
Say today ain’t too late

Bind ‘r hearts together listen what I say
The time is now or never come a better day
Bent but still unbrok’n fin’lly found ‘r way
Turnin’ ‘roun’ forever
We be tunin’ ‘roun’ forever
Come on ‘n’ turn aroun’ forever

Today ain’t too late
Today ain’t too late

I’m callin’ out today to sisters ‘n’ brothers
Find a better way ‘cause I know you wan’ another
Come on out today you long-lost lovers
‘N’ let me hear you say

That today ain’t too late
Today ain’t too late
Say today ain’t too late
Today ain’t too late

Harmony

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Harmony

River gotta flow to the sea
Taken where the tide wanna be
Floatin’ on in harmony endlessly

Got a lot o’ life left to live
Got a lot o’ love left to give
It’s so easy by you bein’ me

I can feel the freedom in your eyes
Shinin’ like the starlight in the skies
Come pour your sunshine on my mind
Sure cures what ails me every time

Put the paint right back on my style
Finally turned the dial - been awhile
Surf city seems a million miles away
So pretty girl you brighten up my day

Nothin’ worth a damn we ain’t got
Been thinkin’ ‘bout the future a lot
Send your smile on over here my way

Got a lot o’ life left to live
Got a lot o’ love left to give
It’s so easy by you bein’ me

I can feel the freedom in your eyes
Shinin’ like the starlight in the skies
Come pour your sunshine on my mind
Sure cures what ails me every time

Rivers gotta flow to the sea
Taken where the tide wanna be
Floatin’ on in harmony endlessly (they be)
Floatin’ on in harmony endlessly



Mocha Jaydene

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Mocha Jaydene

Thinkin’ ‘bout askin’ out Mocha Jaydene
She’s the finest woman I’ve ever seen
She’s long ‘n’ curvy like a country mile
When we get t’ talkin’ like t’ stay awhile
(and make her smile)

Mocha Jaydene’s got the looks that thrill
I’m gonna ask her out - man I swear I will
She’s sweet ‘n’ sexy sure do like her style
Can dance like a devil with an angel’s smile
(she got an angel’s smile)

Mocha Jaydene she’s like a vision in a dream
She’ll take you where there ain’t a care
You know what I mean (repeat stanza)

Works at the salon does my sister’s hair
Moves to the music ‘n’ the guys all stare
She’ll sing you a song if the mood is right
Gets the people on their feet it’s quite a sight
(yeah Mocha’s alright)

Gonna get myself a haircut ‘n’ ask her for a trim
Tell some funny stories ‘bout the places I been
Take her to a club where the dancers all go ‘n’
Hold’r tight beside me when the music gets slow
(nice ‘n’ slow)

Mocha Jaydene she’s like a vision in a dream
She’ll take you where there ain’t a care
You know what I mean (repeat stanza)
- solo and repeat chorus -

Thinkin’ ‘bout askin’ out Mocha Jaydene
She’s the finest woman I’ve ever seen
She’s long ‘n’ curvy like a country mile
When we get t’ talkin’ like t’ stay awhile
(make her smile, stay awhile, make her smile)

Solstice Tide

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Solstice Tide


Heat like equator
Comin’ sooner or later
Travel light real fast right now

Rain rollin’ thunder
Broke the spell I was under
Gotta get t’ higher ground

Solstice tide is on its way
Take my hand chil’ don’t be afraid
Now it’s time we cannot stay

Seems hopeless sometimes
It’ll all work out fine
Once we head out on our way
May seem hopeless sometimes
But it’ll all work out fine
Once we head out on our way

Solstice tide
No one can hide
From solstice tide

River soon rises
Tide’ll roll up behin’ us
What awaits now I don’ know

A new age is dawnin’
Gotta leave by the mornin’
Nothin’ lasts ‘roun’ here no mo’

Solstice tide is on its way
Take my hand chil’ don’t be afraid
Now it’s time we cannot stay

Seems hopeless sometimes
It’ll all work out fine
Once we head out on our way
May seem hopeless sometimes
But it’ll all work out fine
Once we head out on our way

Rollin' On Again

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Rollin’ On Again

Pack the silver suitcase you keep under the bed
Because we’re rollin’ on again
Find a finer place than those where we both been
Now the road’s our only friend
I may be broke ‘n’ busted down
But darlin’ that’ll turn aroun’ in time

I can’t say where or even when
That these ramblin’ blues’ll end
The only truth t’ tell ya darlin’s
That it just depends

I’ll do whatever, all it takes, so dry your tears
For my mistakes anew
I’ll take what work that I can find ‘n’
Leave these ramblin’ blues behind again
That baby child inside of you
Will smile upon what’s beautiful ‘n’ free

I can’t say where or even when
That these ramblin’ blues’ll end
The only truth t’ tell ya darlin’s
That it just depends - so

Pack the silver suitcase you keep under the bed
Because we’re rollin’ on again
Rollin’ on again
Rollin’ on again

The Secret

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

The Secret

Wish I knew the secret
Those magic words to say
To win your love ‘n’ keep it
I’d say them every day

You sparkle like the night sky
‘N’ shine bright deep within
I’d love you for a lifetime
Now let that life begin

If I knew the secret
Darlin’ know I’d find a way
To tell you how my heart feels
Find magic words to say

I wouldn’t fear the talkin’
With right words by my side
My confidence went walkin’
Every time before I tried

Find a way to say how I feel
Know my love is true
Gonna say the way that I feel
No one else like you

I’m scared t’ lose our frien’ship
Over clumsy words of love
If so know I meant it
Always you I’m thinkin’ of

Time will never shatter
Or drive away the light
Your love is all that matters
Tell all to you tonight

If I knew the secret
Darlin’ know I’d find a way
To tell you how my heart feels
Find magic words to say, gonna
Tell you how my heart feels
With magic words today

Breathe In The Night

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Breathe In The Night

Baby just been killin’ time
Hope you don’t mind
Lately lookin’ for somethin’ t’ shine
That I can’t find

Never gonna let me down
Oh I know
You put a smile on a frown
Turn stop to go

Waitin’ for some kind of a sign
Sure t’ arrive
Somethin’ t’ make ya feel real fine
‘N’ know you’re alive

Gonna be a day we get away
I promise you
Don’ give a damn what they say
Or care what they do

Hold on gonna be a wonderful ride
Right by your side
Go on let your mind float off ‘n’ fly
Up to the sky

Never gonna let me down
Oh I know
You put a smile on a frown
Turn stop to go

Know there’s gotta be some kind o’ plan
Jus’ don’ understand
So we sway to the beat of the the band’s
Invisible jam

Feel the beat o’ your heart
Now that’s a start
Take a breath ‘n’ breathe in the night
Alright
Go ahead ‘n’ breathe in the night’s
Starlight
Take a breath ‘n’ breathe in the night
Alright

Shimmer

Written By: R.J. McSweeney

Shimmer
Sometimes sorrow can enfold you
Thoughts all taken flight
That’s the time when
I will hold you tight

On a shore you watch the water
Glisten in moonlight
Then your mind will
Shimmer in the night

These days won’t ever be the same
Those times ain’t comin’ back again
Last time you worried who’s to blame
This time you’re ready for a change

I’ll give my life to you
If you would love me too
I’ll make your dreams come true
Every, every single day

It ain’t so hard to let it go
If you don’t start you’ll never know

Breathe out as the dawn is breakin’
Sky a hazy glow
This is real that’s all
You need to know

In your heart you’ll find the answer
Comfort ‘n’ delight
Stay with me we'll
Start anew tonight

Often plans don’t always bring you
What you’re waiting for
Choose a path
Go right through that door
Leave the past ‘n’
Shine forever more