Continental Divide

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Debut original folk/pop album from Alaskan singer-songwriter 907Britt.

"…'Continental Divide’ features 12 original tracks examining — with humor, sadness or wry insight — life, love, family and travel. Arnesen effortlessly mixes elements of folk, country and bluegrass for a solid album of well-constructed catchy numbers." – Glenn BurnSilver in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on New Year’s Eve 2010.

"…my first real exposure to current Alaskan tunage. Dig.The sound is folk-pop and acoustic, a perfect way to showcase the album’s strong suit, which is Arnesen’s finely crafted lyrics. Arnesen’s singing voice is pleasant, reminiscent of Kasey Chambers…never stretched, always in tune. Very enjoyable across the entire span of the record. Her often conversational style of writing comes off as fresh…a celebration of life. No matter what happens, life is always worth living, and not just that, but worth living joyfully. That’s a message we all need to hear from time to time." -Steve Circeo in the Americana Music Times September 26, 2010

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released December 3, 2010

Guitar, vocals, bass, and keyboard by 907Britt. Recorded in Anchorage, Alaska and Friday Harbor, Washington by Britt Arnesen.

Brian Hazard of Resonance Mastering mixed and mastered this project. Also an accomplished songwriter, he plays electronic indie piano pop as Color Theory. He plays piano, bass, and percussion on Cinderella, piano and backing vocals on Continental Divide, and backing vocals on Maybe You.

Photographer: Jerry LaVine

907Britt is Britt K. Arnesen. Born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Juneau, she now resides with her 7 year-old son Canyon in Missoula, Montana, where she is working on a follow-up record and playing an "original acoustic americana" duo with Richie Reinholdt.

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Folksinger and songwriter Britt K. Arnesen is from Juneau, Alaska. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana.
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Track Name: Cinderella
1. CINDERELLA
Words and music copyright 1999 Britt Arnesen

I think I told you once I was sorry
You told me that wasn't good enough
Silent accusations and hateful allegations
I know I left the lights on

Just give me a chance and I'll show you who I am
I'm as stale as the cookies on your plate
And dead as the crazy ideas in my head
Why does coffee take so long to make?

Cinderella pretends that it's alright
She cleans the house but she don't clean her mind
Cinderella cries herself to sleep
Tomorrow she'll drink some caffeine

Cinderella complex, my fairy's unresponsive
I'm drowning in the ashes of my dreams
Codependent and neurotic, I need my dose of promise
Who said addiction wasn't right?
Prince charming slays his dragons and I just sit here waiting
For someone to come and resuce me

Cinderella pretends that it's alright
She cleans the house but she don't clean her mind
Cinderella cries herself to sleep
Tomorrow she'll drink some caffeine

Each day I swear the sun gets fainter
I wonder why it doesn't disappear
Hidden from the light I can't tell my left from right
And you never seem to come to comfort me
Is it just my imagination, is loneliness contagious?
I need to know I'm not the only one.

Cinderella pretends that it's alright
She cleans the house but she don't clean her mind
Cinderella cries herself to sleep
Tomorrow she'll drink some caffeine
Track Name: Continental Divide
2. CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
Words and music copyright 2009 by Britt Arnesen

Once again the tide finds me
A character in my own song
I wrote down these words to remind me
Of everything that could go wrong

I tried to look for some polished glass
But this resort town's been beachcombed all clean
I tried to shake off this feeling
By writing this song to the geese

As if I could fly
Across the continental divide
I could drive
In 12 hours time
Be on the other side
Of the continental divide

It's a beautiful fall in Friday Harbor
But I'm driftwood stuck on the beach
High and dry and longing
For everything that's out of my reach

I left my heart in Montana
Some 700 miles from the sea
On horseback out there roams a mountain man
In the saddle he daydreams of me

To him I'll fly
Across the continental divide
Or maybe I'll drive
Be at his doorstep in 12 hours of time
So my sweetheart can hold me
While we watch the sunrise
'Cause there's a bigger sky
Out on his side
Of the continental divide

I'm going to fly
Across the continental divide
For just one more mountain man's kiss
You know I'd drive a hundred thousand miles
So my sweetheart can hold me
While we watch the sunrise
'Cause there's a bigger sky
Out on his side
It's a paradise
Out on his side
Of the continental divide
Track Name: Goodbye Dear Aunt Bobeets
3. GOODBYE DEAR AUNT BOBEETS
Words and music copyright 2009 by Britt Arnesen

Your grandson's in the garden a carrot to eat
Cousins in the orchard having a feast
All of my bags are packed; I'm ready to leave
I've got to keep on them traveling feet

I'm singing goodbye dear Aunt Bobeets
And goodbye Uncle Steve
Your flowers were pretty; the apples were sweet
I can't wait to come back next spring

Uncle Todd is on the barbecue poking at the meat
Aunt Lorie's in the kitchen with her sisters chopping up the beets
I'm in the guestroom on the phone with my sweets
He's the reason I'm back on my traveling feet
Yeah I've got to get back on my traveling feet

Singing goodbye dear Aunt Bobeets
And goodbye Uncle Steve
Your fences are deerproof; your woodpile is neat
But I've got to get back on my traveling feet
Yeah I've got to get back on my traveling feet
Singing goodbye dear family
Track Name: Driving Through Cornfields
Well, I want to know
What else is out there?
Some day
I want to see
Beyond the clouds here
Track Name: Maybe You
5. MAYBE YOU
Words and music copyright 2005 by Britt Arnesen

I'm not looking for the answers
I already know a few
And I won't ask you for the time of day
I can get that from
Doggone anyone
There are bigger things I'm wanting from you

And I'm not looking to start some trouble
But trouble often follows where I do
I'm just craving a little affection
Hoping I can get it from you

You've got me thinking about things
I ain't used to thinking about
And now I don't know what to do
Maybe you

You are a bowl of freshly washed cherries
The ripest canteloupe cut in two
You're an organic locally grown carrot
Cooking in my moosemeat stew

I was just sitting here thinking about things
I ain't used to thinking about
And then I started thinking of you

You've got me thinking about things
I ain't used to thinking about
And now I don't know what to do
Maybe you
Track Name: Sing It Away
6. SING IT AWAY
Words and music copyright 2009 by Britt Arnesen

Took mom out for a walk so I could tell her the big news
That she's going to be a grandma even though I'm just a teen
She says she don't know if I can come back from the brink
She says she don't know if I'll rise or if I'll sink

But when I feel like my hope is just slipping away
I sing a little love song and try to face the day
I could live the madness but I'd rather sing it away

Brother called. He's worried about us all
Who's putting up the firewood while he and dad are gone?
November storms are coming; they've closed the pass for good
Did you get all the cows in? Are you sure you've got enough food?
Mama's scared to tell the truth
As if nobody knows there's nothing left for us to lose

But when I feel like my hope is just slipping away
I sing a song of gladness and try to face the day
I could live with the sadness; instead I sing it away

Then I lost the baby.

February's colder than it has ever been
And this old farmhouse has ghosts in every bend
Brother's still gone; Dad's still gone
And no one's paid the rent
Another pink letter; Mom's got another bottle of gin
And I don't know if she'll come back from the brink
I don't know if we'll rise or if we'll sink

But when I feel like my life is just slipping away
I sing a song of gladness. I've got to face the day.
I could live with the sadness, but I'd rather sing it away.

So when you feel like your life is just slipping away
We'll sing a song of gladness, and face the day
You could live with the sadness, or you could sing it away
C'mon sing off your sadness. I'm going to show you the way.
We'll sing a song of gladness and be thankful for each day.
Track Name: Winter Song
7. WINTER SONG
Words and music copyright 2001 by Britt Arnesen

Fresh dusting of snow
the night's aglow and I'm in the only
car on the road.
My heater's broke
and the windows won't close
but I've only
a few miles to go
through the glowing snow.
Another winter alone.

But when the moon is bright
I don't even need my
headlights, though I leave them on.
It's the safest thing to do.
I'm going to make it through.
Make it through
Make it through
The spring is coming soon.

I know a guy, they amputated his toe
because he didn't know
it would get so cold the boiling water you throw
at 40 below will spit
crackle in the air.
So take note and prepare:
don't leave your skin so bare.
He said the winter don't care;
she'll just freeze you right there.

But when the moon is bright
I don't even need my
headlights, though I leave them on.
It's the safest thing to do.
I'm going to make it through.
Make it through.
The snow is gone in June
Snow is gone in June.

When the moon is bright
I don't even need my
headlights, though I leave them on.
It's the safest thing to do.
I'm going to shine on through.
Track Name: Stephen
8. STEPHEN
Words and music copyright 1999 by Britt Arnesen

Give yourself to the silence
Let the snow be your guide
It sparkles a thousand diamonds
And the moon is our only light
The sky is clear and the stars appear
There's nowhere I'd rather be

I'll hug you
I'll love you
I'll hold you where you stand

We'll lie here dreaming
On a blanket on a frozen lake
A thermos of hot tea
No worries from the past
We chased the off at last
This moment is only you and me

And I'll hug you
I'll love you
I'll hold you where you stand

So hug me
And love me
Hold me where I stand

Hug me
Love me
I know only you will understand me
Track Name: Waterfall
10. WATERFALL
Words and music copyright 2010 by Britt Arnesen

Night has fallen on the valley floor
Husbands come home to a light on their porch door
There is no one for me to leave my light on for
Since you said this ain't your home anymore

So I'm walking my way down to the waterfall
Let the roar drown out my voice as I sing to myself the saddest songs
'Til I'm forgiven, I'm forgiven of it all
I'm forgiven, I drank forgiveness at the waterfall

It's a good ole time down at the waterfall
I skip along the mossy rocks until I slip and fall
'Til I forgive you, I forgive you of it all
I forgive you, I forgive you for it all

So people go down to your waterfall
C'mon and meet me at midnight at the waterfall
'Cause we're forgiven, We're all forgiven,
We are forgiven of it all
Just want you know I forgive you, I forgive you for it all.
Track Name: Slightly Down
11. SLIGHTLY DOWN
Words and music copyright 2009 by Britt Arnesen

Mama sits taking coffee sips at the window
While the water drips from the leaking roof into her buckets
Potatoes for breakfast, nothing for lunch, potato supper
If the sun is shining somewhere, it's in someone else's window

But our mama's not scared 'cause she's well aware
She told us a hundred times that life isn't fair
There's no point in worrying all the way to despair
When God's grace, his love is always near

She's just slightly down
Only slightly down
She's just slightly down
From hanging around the wrong side of this town

On the way to town mama's heavy load: a truck full of children
Its a bumpy road, a wet and muddy road, it's spring here
If it weren't for your love
She'd be stuck in the mud, she'd be dirty
When she didn't know your love
She'd been pushed she'd been shoved
She was hurting

Still Mama's not scared, she's well aware
She's told us a thousand times that life isn't fair
There's no point in worrying all the way to despair
Because God's grace and love will always prevail

We're just slightly down
Only slightly down
Never more than just slightly down
It's a hard broken road but we don't have to go it alone

Now Mama's getting old, us children all grown, she keeps the lights low
Me, I live alone, I keep losing my phone, I drive a school bus

You know I'm not scared, I'm well aware
Mama told me a million times that life isn't fair
There's no point in worrying all the way to despair
Because God's love and grace is always there

Still I'm just slightly down
No more than slightly down
Never more than slightly down
It's a hard broken road but I don't have to go it alone
Track Name: Just the Same
12. JUST THE SAME
Words and music copyright 2000 by Britt Arnesen

The snow on the treetops glows in the darkness
Though I'm alone here in the shadows
The seabeach splashes call my name

Blue sea, the open ocean.
Give me faith, and I'll walk across.

Oh let me know it's not so far
And I'm not really all that cold.
Just let me know you'll be there waiting
Understanding just the same.

Just the same, just the same
Just the same, just the same
Though I've broken every promise
You understand me just the same.

We say, "I love you"
But that's only a voice
And I told you I'd never leave you
You'll notice that it's my choice

And now I'm standing on the edge
Of an ocean between you and I
I just close my eyes and let the wind surround me
I hear you calling from the other side
With your arms outstretched before you
Ready to give me another try

Let me try, let me try
All I need is another try
Though I've broken every promise
You're still waiting to give me life

But I can't breathe here
Trapped by the need to need you
The only way is to take that step

I know you'll be there waiting
Understanding just the same

Just the same, just the same
Just the same, just the same
Though I've broken every promise
You understand me just the same.

Just the same, just the same
Just the same, just the same
Though I've broken
Though I'm broken
Though I'm broken
Through I've broken every promise
You understand me just the same
You'll always love me
Just the same