Continental Divide

by Britt Arnesen

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Cinderella 03:58
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
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Continental Divide (free) 05:17
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
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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
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Well, I want to know What else is out there? Some day I want to see Beyond the clouds here
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Maybe You 02:58
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
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Sing It Away 03:51
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.
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Winter Song 04:00
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.
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Stephen 02:06
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
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Waterfall 04:45
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.
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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
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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
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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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Britt Arnesen Missoula, montana

Britt K. Arnesen is a Montana folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Her latest projects are Nothing to Say by Elijah Jalil and a solo gospel-inspired album, Move in Closer. Britt is originally from Juneau, Alaska.

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