Live at the Union Club Missoula

by Britt Arnesen

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Instrumental
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Blue Night 03:45
Blue night got you on my mind Blue night can't keep from crying You met someone that was new You quit someone that you knew was true Blue night I got you on my mind Blue night blue as I can be I don't know what'll become of me Where we used to walk I walk alone With an aching heart because my love is gone Blue night blue as I can be Blue night 'cause I'm all alone I used to call you on the telephone I used to call and it made you glad Now I call and it makes you mad Blue night 'cause I'm all alone Blue night all by myself Since you put me on that shelf There's just one thing that you must know You're gonna reap just what you sow Blue night, all by myself Blue night, all by myself
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Scenic Idaho 03:11
SCENIC IDAHO words and music by Britt K. Arnesen Scenic Idaho your lightning come and shook me Thirsty grass in flames the drought fed the spark They said that nothing could fight the wildfire between us It burned so hot all summer long I’ve had some time to do my thinking Too many nights when I’m the smoke under your stars I never thought you’d hold me there and keep me But here we are back in the same old spot And I just can’t stay mad at you for long For every ounce of trouble you’ve got a pound of charm I’m throwing up my hands, Babe, I’m sorry oh I’m wrong Now please don’t stay mad at me so long Maybe I’ll have better luck in Bozeman Or Butte, America (man my hope is a mile high) I see Our Lady of the Rockies from the Freeway And wave goodbye across the Great Divide I just can’t stay mad at you for long For every ounce of trouble you’ve got a pound of charm I’m throwing up my hands, Babe, I’m sorry oh I’m wrong Now please don’t stay mad at me so long Sometimes your best laid plans they turn out oh so wrong Let's don't stay mad so long
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Blanket 04:11
BLANKET words and music by Britt K. Arnesen Tear off a number and wait in a chair In a room of strangers, my worries are not theirs Can't shake off this feeling that life isn't fair Careening down a broken rail With my entire life wrapped here in a blanket Soft and small, close and warm My entire life is wrapped here in a blanket That is all, that is all Thursday's a nightmare, I woke up in a fright In a cold room no refuge from the fluorescent lights I'm running I'm crawling there's no place to hide From the monster's hungry eyes Tuesday alone again I don't wait for a call I'm done mumbling, I'm done walking 'round wondering where you are Worrying for what I cannot change won't get me very far No monster gonna break my heart I packed all my bags but I won't catch a flight I won't swing on a hammock at the house I cannot buy I'm a frequent believer in wrong black and white There's lucky ones and hard hard times
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Rita was sixteen years with hazel eyes and chestnut hair She really made the Woolworth counter shine Eddie was a sweet romancer and a darn good dancer They'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime And they'd sing Dance a little closer to me dance a little closer now Dance a little closer tonight Dance a little closer to me 'cause it's closing time And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime Eddie played the steel guitar And his mama cried 'cause he played in the bars And kept young Rita out late at night So they married up in Abilene, lost a child in Tennessee Still that love survived 'Cause they'd sing Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now Dance a little closer tonight Dance a little closer to me, 'cause it's closing time And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime Eddie traveled with the barroom bands 'Til arthritis took his hands Now he sells insurance on the side Rita's got a house to keep Dimestore novels and a love so sweet They dance to the radio late at night And they sing Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now Dance a little closer tonight Dance a little closer to me, 'cause it's closing time And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime Rita was sixteen years, with hazel eyes and chestnut hair She really made the Woolworth counter shine Eddie was a sweet romancer and a darn good dancer And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime
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MOVE IN CLOSER words and music by Britt Arnesen Draw me in, Lord, pull me near Move in closer to where I breathe Tie your tether to my heart Oh your tether to my heart Fast your grip upon my hand Together on your solid rock we’ll stand You my bodyguard and shield, Lord Oh my body guard and shield Plant your flowers in my field Let your sunshine kiss my lips In the meadow bed me down, Lord In the meadow bed me down Lord your house glows with your glory Shelter me in wood and stone Let me dwell there evermore May I dwell there evermore
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Awake Awake 04:38
AWAKE AWAKE Public domain chorus arranged with new lyrics by Britt Arnesen Chorus: Awake awake to love and work The lark is in the sky The fields are wet with diamond dew The world’s awake to cry Blessed are those in whom you live Whose lives become your roads As we travel through this weary world And only hard times know Chorus Guard my mouth set watch to my door Don’t let me much as dream Of the evil that schemes to steal my heart Out from under your wings Chorus At dusk at dawn at noon I sigh My life is well and whole Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders He will carry your load Chorus So let the joyous sun come up As we ride meekly by
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Broken Road 02:49
BROKEN ROAD words and music by Britt Arnesen My baby’s gone He left a note in the kitchen It was wrong And said I wouldn’t even miss him And then went on To say I never learned to listen He went out west To a suburb outside Nampa Took a job To try to put himself through classes Says come the fall We’re gonna meet up on the Salmon Now that he’s away I’m gonna clean out all the cabinets I’ll ask the neighbors To help me tear down the fences We’d start today If I could come back to my senses You don’t have to grieve Every thing that could have been Every dream That you threw away in the innocence Of younger days Down a broken road to happiness
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I remember the ways in the bygone days When we were in our prime How us and John L Give the old man hell Down in the blue diamond mine Where the whistle blowed And the rooster crowed Two hours before daylight When a man done his best And he earned his good rest Made seventeen dollars at night In the mines, in the mines In the blue diamond mines I worked my life away In the mines, in the mines In the blue diamond mines Fall on your knees and pray You old black gold You've taken my lungs And your dust has darkened my home And now that I'm old Your turning your back Where else can an old miner go? Well its Algoma Block and Big Leatherwood And now it's Blue Diamond too When the pits are all closed And it's get another job What else can an older miner do? John L had a dream But it is broken it seems Mining has had its day Now they're stripping off my mountaintop And they pay me eight dollars a day Might get a little poke of welfare meat A little poke of welfare flour But I tell you right now You won't qualify until you work for a quarter an hour In the mines...
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La Palouse 04:43
LA PALOUSE words and music by Britt Arnesen Les prairies palousiennes Cultiver du blé Terre comme un damier Verte ou en jachère Croissance et sénescence On a ou on n'a pas de chance Les collines s'étendent À l'infini Aller à La Palouse, aller Entendre l'appel du vent La Palouse est morne quand tu n'es pas là Aller, aller la bàs Tu as planté beaucoup des graines Des fleurs sauvages que j'aime When I was dark and missing you Elles me consolaient Au loin, une grange Par ici, ta mémoire Parfois un avion J'attends la moisson Viens avec tes ennuis Viens avec tes grands soucis Viens et laisser les ici Oublie la maladie Croissance et sénescence Ce n'est pas les fleurs qui me manquent La tristesse d'être sans toi J'attends la moisson Britt's translation: The Palouse prairies Grow wheat Landscape like a checkerboard Green or fallow Growth and senescence You're lucky or not The hills go on To infinity Go to the Palouse, go Hear the call of the wind The Palouse mourns when you're not there Go, go there You have planted many seeds Of the wildflowers that I love When I was dark and missing you They consoled me In the distance, a barn Over here, your memory Sometimes, a plane I await the harvest chorus Come with your troubles Come with your biggest worries Come and leave them here Forget the sickness Growth and senescence It's not the flowers that I miss The sadness of being without you I await the harvest
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Ciel Étoilé Words and music by Britt K. Arnesen De l’autre côté du soleil (from the other side of the sun) Une poème que la nuit m'a soufflé (a song the night breathed into me) Avec toi dans un rêve j’ai dansé (I danced with you in a dream) That first kiss, le ciel etoilé (the starry night) On ne sait jamais (you never know) On ne sait jamais On ne sait jamais L’amour mystère (mystery love) Je brule de fièvre (I burn with fever) all for you Cette maladie me coutera tout (This sickness will cost me everything) I never stop loving you even when you tell the truth 
Le matin tu auras disparu (Tomorrow you'll have disappeared) Raison, nous l’avons perdue (Reason, we've lost you) On ne sait jamais On ne sait jamais On ne sait jamais L’amour mystère Embrasse-moi avant de t'en aller, donne-moi (Kiss me before you go, give me) Quelque chose que je peux garder (Something I can hold onto) As I cross endless oceans of shame Calling your name Oh comme j’espère (oh how I hope) On ne sait jamais comme j’espère On ne sait jamais On ne sait jamais L’amour mystère Le ciel étoilé
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Hear that lonesome whippoorwill He sounds too blue to fly The midnight train is whining low I'm so lonesome, I could cry I've never seen a night so long And time goes crawling by The moon just went behind the clouds To hide its face and cry Did you ever see a robin weep When leaves begin to die? Like me, he's lost the will to live I'm so lonesome, I could cry The silence of a falling star Lights up a purple sky And as I wonder where you are I'm so lonesome, I could cry

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Montana guitarist and songwriter Britt Arnesen performed with Damien Margo (drums) and Ron Meissner (bass) at the Union Club Bar and Grill in Missoula October 22, 2021.

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released November 7, 2021

Vocals, acoustic guitar, band mom - Britt Arnesen
Percussion - Damien Margo
Electric Bass Guitar - Ron Meissner

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Britt K. Arnesen is a Montana folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. She plays in the longtime Missoula band Pinegrass. Britt is originally from Juneau, Alaska.

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