Middle of the Rainbow

by Britt Arnesen

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BARNACLE ROCK ROAD words and music by Britt k. Arnesen Grandma's got a cottage by the seaside She helped my grandpa build it age of 25 Wife of a fisherman, two boys and a plan Named that boat Happenstance In that story Grandma told, one day on the outer coast Three men washed ashore and a boat got crushed Way down on Barnacle Rock Road she swears she saw their ghosts Walking down the tideline toward the dusk Highway 101 runs down through Bandon Logging trucks and fishing boats and cranberries There's hard work for an honest lad, keeps the soul from getting sad For the young man who lost his dad In that story Grandma told, one day on the outer coast Three men washed ashore and a boat got crushed Way down on Barnacle Rock Road she swears she saw their ghosts Walking down the tideline toward the dusk Grandma never wanted him to stay here But he couldn't shake those sea legs, he's a mariner He said this ain't no promised land, I feed it, it bites my hand So he named that boat The Worried Dad In that story Grandma told, one day on the outer coast Three men washed ashore and a boat got crushed Way out on Barnacle Rock Road she swears she saw their ghosts Walking down the tideline towards the dusk Way down on Barnacle Rock Road he can still see his father's ghost Walking down the tideline toward his dust.
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NO KIND OF ANGEL by Britt K. Arnesen At the Depot, Lil and her darling another train in the night Joining fellow wives and families kissing loved ones goodbye She's embraced him at the station some five hundred times And it's never gotten easier sayin' goodbye Hardest part of lovin' him is letting him fly ------- She's been waltzing in the garden 'neath the green northern lights Trading Fridays with the neighbors, sharing birthdays and pies She wonders if he's faithful; she's no kind of angel It's a risk they've been taking making love between trains He says the hardest part of leaving is the missing each day She says the hardest part of loving you is feeling this way The hardest part of loving is the living each day ------ Queue up a waltz for Lil and her darling at the depot this night Twirl all around the floor before they’re boarding the line She's embraced him at this station some five hundred times And it's never gotten easier sayin' goodbye He says the hardest part of leavin' is the look in your eyes She says the hardest part of lovin' him is letting him fly Hardest part of lovin' him is letting him fly Hardest part of lovin' is the sayin' goodbye
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Come On Over (free) 03:11
COME ON OVER Words and music by Britt K. Arnesen I'm telling ya baby you'd better get here fast I'm telling ya baby you'd better get here fast You better come on over before the moment's passed Biscuits in the oven potatoes ready to mash Biscuits in the oven potatoes ready to mash You'd better come on over before I burn it black Kitty on the rocking chair want a belly scratch Kitty on the rocking chair want a belly scratch You'd better come on over before she finds another lap (mrow!!!) Meet me in the kitchen bring your moonlight and a glass Meet me in the kitchen bring your moonlight and a glass You'd better come on over before my mama gets back I'm telling ya baby...
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Call Me 03:44
CALL ME words and music by Britt K. Arnesen I've walked this gravel road a hundred times before Back and forth, looking for your door I play this old guitar every waking hour Every chord is searching for your arms The more I sing your song the more I sound like you The more I feel your sun the more I find my moon An arrow through brick walls somehow you made it through Pierced my heart in two, left an open wound I love you through and through just like you want me to You won't believe that's true and I don't need you to The more I sing your song the more I sound like you The more I feel your sun the more I find my moon Sun heats up the water and the moon pulls the tide Never been so warm as by your side I stand upon your shore and weather every storm Every morn I'm yearning for your dawn The more I sing your song the more I sound like you The more I feel your sun the more I find my moon I've walked this gravel road a hundred times before Back and forth longing for your voice I play this old guitar every waking hour Every chord, the reaching of my arms
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Treachery 03:34
TREACHERY by Britt K. Arnesen When I last saw the light it was shining through the trees Out on the other side of Trouble Canyon Creek Where the cliffs are high the chasm's dark and deep I don’t know why I thought I could make that leap Oh treachery what I have I done to me? I took your chance and grabbed your broken branch now I'm swinging by my feet When I fall and shatter all my dreams I'm only blaming me and my treachery In my ravine muddy water rushes by I cling to rocks and logs whatever I can find When my strength erodes I'll drown in misery I only hope I'll wash out to the sea Oh treachery what I have I done to me? I took your chance and grabbed your broken branch now I'm swinging by my feet When I fall and shatter all my dreams I'm only blaming me and my treachery Washed ashore a sandbar in the sun I had visions of your shadow on the run But the ravens thought my eyeballs looked like chewing gum Now I’m blind and you’re still deaf and dumb Oh treachery what I have I done to me? I took your chance and grabbed your broken branch now I'm swinging by my feet When I fall and shatter all my dreams I'm only blaming me and my treachery Oh Treachery I’m only blaming me
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MAN ON MY MOON words and music by Britt K. Arnesen You've known me, in all of your years I've been true Held in orbit by a simple lovesick tune I sing for you the first man on my moon This song's for you the first man on my moon To reach me through endless skies your song flew Made a landing in a dream in my room Your melody has made me a lonesome fool Footprints stayed but the flag won't wave without you I long for you the first man on my moon This song's for you the first man on my moon When you're weary I'll fill up your rocket with my fuel Chart you a course back to my room Renew you when you're feeling old and used I'll shine on the light of my youth Just for you the first man on my moon Just for you the first man on my moon You've known me, in all your years I've been true Held in orbit by a simple lovesick tune If I lost you I would paint all of my shadows in blue Every valley, every crater, every dune Just for you the first man on my moon All for you the first man on my moon All for for you the first man on my moon
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Rosemary Fly 03:30
ROSEMARY FLY By Britt K. Arnesen There’s a bench outside the theater Sometimes I sit and wait to meet to her In a prayer or in a letter Perfect cursive, even in goodbye I sing my reply, Rosemary fly Fly knowing I'm alright Rosemary fly, Rosemary fly Fly knowing I'm alright This song's a letter I felt her send me Down through forever through heaven’s sky It finds me better but there’s still weather I still sing but I still cry Rosemary fly, Rosemary fly Fly knowing I'm alright Rosemary fly, Rosemary fly Fly knowing I'm alright A golden angel, young voice singing Favorite faces, throughout the evening We are her children and her children's children Beside her through the night And the song I couldn't write was Rosemary Fly Fly knowing we're gonna be alright Rosemary fly, rosemary fly Fly knowing we're alright Rosemary fly, Rosemary fly Fly knowing we’re alright Rosemary fly, Rosemary fly Fly knowing we’re alright
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PAINT THE NIGHT by Britt K. Arnesen Let’s paint the night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across the skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life When you’re lost follow my north star When you’re lonely reach out for my arms I’m the brightest beacon in your dark Shining out to where your frontiers are And paint the night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across the skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life As the sun marches toward spring’s day This night, winter’s cold remains I’m by your side an ever-burning fire Your warmth is all that I desire Painted night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across our skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life Let’s paint the night In shades of green In shades of blue A crescent moon, the love of my life Paint the night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across our skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life The love of my life
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Ciel Étoilé By Britt K. Arnesen On ne sait jamais (you never know) On ne sait jamais On ne sait jamais L’amour mystère (mystery love) De l’autre côté du soleil (from the other side of the sun) Une poème que la nuit m'a soufflé (a breathy song of the night) 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 On ne sait jamais On ne sait jamais L’amour mystére 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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The Painting 03:30
THE PAINTING words and music by Britt K. Arnesen He traced all of our plans upon a canvas An ordered mingling of lines Tender like the first brush between us Feathered, a sunset goodbye And a finely painted face Of some other lady Whose picture don’t look like mine Postcards and letters from their daydreams Her young love and beauty made him blind He traded our promises for her maybes The mailbox a witness to his crime And a neatly written name Of some other lady Whose song doesn’t sound like mine Sorrow in the shadow of his freedom He’d see heartache if he ever looked behind Betrayal has a way of getting even Hiding snakes in green grass on the other side Where the painting hangs At the home of some other lady Whose colors don’t bleed like mine A finely painted face Of some other lady Whose colors don’t fade like mine
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GETTING THE PAPER by Britt K. Arnesen To the mailbox get the paper Headlines, read the rest later Dermot writes 'bout the weather Her coffee cup drinks in it all The schoolbus finds the children Sidewalk finds the pigeons Cell phone finds her busy Her true love don't find her at all On a holiday she gets festive On her birthday she gets presents At the party she'll play dress up But her true love won't notice at all The schoolbus finds the children Sidewalk finds the pigeons Cell phone finds her busy Her true love don't find her at all On the website she's a writer Get to know her there's no denying That woman's made of lightning But her true love never put up his rod The schoolbus finds the children Sidewalk finds the pigeons Cell phone finds her busy Her true love don't find her at all Her true love won't give her a call Her true love's out walking his dog
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Captain Harris (free) 02:46
CAPTAIN HARRIS by Britt K. Arnesen adapted from traditional "Gentle Annie" Harvest time's come, Captain Harris Big red buoys mark the pots we filled with bait You'll be anxious to know, Captain Harris How Cornelia Marie is going to fare We'll say farewell, Captain Harris On the Bering Sea you warmed our winter days Yes we'll bid you adieu, Captain Harris Till we meet you on heaven's fishing day The quotas we must reach, Captain Harris Red king crabs, opies, tanners make our day Cornelia Marie's sweet on the cameras But we'll lose her to the dry dock if she don't pay We'll say farewell, Captain Harris On the Bering Sea you warmed our winter days Yes we'll bid you adieu, Captain Harris Till we meet you on heaven's fishing day Rascal wink, enormous heart, Captain Harris You traded honest work for an honest wage We won't sidestep the job, we won't cut corners 'Cause your memory keeps us chugging through the waves We'll say farewell, Captain Harris On the Bering Sea you warmed our winter days Yes we'll bid you adieu, Captain Harris Till we meet you on another fishing day Till we meet you Till we meet you on heaven's fishing day
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MIDDLE OF THE RAINBOW Words and music by Britt K. Arnesen He said meet me in the middle of the rainbow Sunshine in the eye of the storm When you’ve squandered every ounce of your gold And you’ve burned the last bridge that could get you back home He was walking down the floodwaters churning When a charcoaled beam drifted by Then he smelled the smell of bridges burning The woman who once loved him, trapped on his side He said welcome to the middle of the rainbow I’ll bet your wonderin’ which way to go He said you look like you just came from another empty pot of gold Now why’d you burn the last bridge that could get you back home? Sundrops in the raindrops Wind through the folds of her dress Thunder said no, but that lightning said yes ‘Neath the middle of the rainbow, she found that caress Se said love’s like the middle of a rainbow Sunshine in the eye of the storm You’re never gonna know if it’s coming or gone Savor that rainbow it won’t be here for long Savor that rainbow You’ve got to savor that rainbow You’re never gonna know if it’s coming or gone Savor that rainbow Savor that rainbow it won’t be here for long

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released March 23, 2012

songs by Britt K. Arnesen
guitar, piano, vocals by 907Britt
guitars, mandolin, bass, backing vocals and banjo by Richie Reinholdt
pedal steel by Larry Chung
dobro by Andy Dunnigan
fiddle by Ellie Nuno
accordion by Ella Rose

Recorded and produced by Animal Town Studios in Missoula, Montana. Fall 2011. Richie Reinholdt, engineer.

photo by Jerry LaVine

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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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