Solo Acoustic at the Stensrud Building

by 907Britt

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I went into an old Missoula building from the 1890s near the railroad tracks, and recorded these songs using a single mic, with no processing of any kind. I didn't even add any reverb. This is just what it's like to be sitting in the room with me. These are all original songs from my heart. Please enjoy.

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released December 31, 2012

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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: Dream In Blue
DREAM IN BLUE
words and music by Britt K. Arnesen

The other night I had a dream in blue
Counting stars for every time I lose you
Calling out to the lonesome moon and
Waiting on a white flower to bloom

Float along the river's lazy bend
See the willows standing hand in hand
They sing about my lovesick blues and
Drown me in their mournful music

The other night you had a dream in red
Lost your sleep to the noise of the unsaid
Strange sounds from the open window
Wander out to the ghost who knew you

Lay me down upon the stones I threw
Close my eyes so they can't accuse you
Make believe that you didn't do it
Innocent until they prove it

Tell your alibi until it's true
Swallow all the pleasures of your choosing
Hear the barn owl wondering "who?"
He's there to watch your every move

The other night I had a dream in blue
Counting stars for every time I lose you
Calling out to the lonesome moon and
Drowning in my mournful music
Track Name: Night Sky
NIGHT SKY
words and music by Britt K. Arnesen

My heart speaks now listen
I'll sing you a lullaby
For the nightmares that you've been living
Daydreams gone awry

In a moment when I didn't know you
A feeling green and blue
A moment when I didn't know you

The baby that you've been rocking
Cries and cries the whole day through
The phone rings door's a knockin'
Lay in bed 'til noon

In a moment when I didn't know you
A feeling green and blue
A moment when I didn't know you

My heart speaks now listen
I'll sing you a lullaby
For the stars that you've been given
Moonbeams and northern lights

In a moment when I didn't know you
A feeling green and blue
A moment when I didn't know you
A night sky in green and blue
A night sky
Track Name: Memorial Day on Cattle Point Road
MEMORIAL DAY ON CATTLE POINT ROAD
words and music by Britt K. Arnesen

Young Dana’s got a brown bag from the Little Store
The devil told the young man that he could drink some more
John Banjo hops in through the passenger door
He don’t sense the danger

The devil trailed the young men to Cattle Point Road
Where they were headed that evening we’ll never quite know
‘Cause when the devil tapped his shoulder Dana lost control
Of the minivan

It’s Memorial Day out on Cattle Point Road
We remember the heroes who’ve fallen in war
Here another young life was lost but for nothing at all
What a shame now
Such a shame now

Young Dana's back home from that hospital
John Banjo is dead; it makes him a criminal
John Banjo had a family, had a name he knows
Haunts his days now
He’s going away now

It’s Memorial Day out on Cattle Point Road
We remember the heroes who’ve fallen in war
Here another young life was lost but for nothing at all
What a shame now
A banjo no one plays now

In every small town there is a Dana
There’s the banjo, there’s the brown bag, the devil’s waiting
In the choices that we make to break or save us
Every day now

Each Memorial Day out on Cattle Point Road
We honor the heroes who fallen in war
Two more young lives lost but for nothing at all
What a shame now
Such a shame now
Track Name: Blanket
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 fluorescent lights
I'm running I'm crawling there's no place to hide
From the monster's hungry eyes

My entire life is 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

Tuesday alone I don't wait for a call
I'm done mumbling, 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

My entire life is 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

Packed all my bags but I won't catch a flight
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

My entire life is 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
Track Name: Blue Afternoon
BLUE AFTERNOON
by Britt K. Arnesen

Blue afternoon
Heartache's contagious
I come down with the blues
Every time that you call

Blue afternoon
Flirting with danger
Always trying to drag me
Down when you fall

You left me too soon
Kisses denied me
Loving deprived me
On a blue afternoon

You left me too soon
Kisses denied me
Loving deprived me
On a blue afternoon

Blue afternoon
Heartache's contagious
I come down with the blues
Every time that you call

Blue afternoon
Can't stop flirting with danger
Always trying to drag me
Down when you fall
Oh blue afternoon
Don't drag me down when you fall
Track Name: Pretty Lies
PRETTY LIES
by Britt K. Arnesen

Sister met him at a stop
He was short, she gave him five bucks
Could have known he was going nowhere fast
Saw them later at my gig that night
He was drunk and said she looked nice
She caught his bug, fell in love, lost her mind

You're gonna need more than, you're gonna need more than
You're gonna need more than pretty lies
I hope you've come here to say your goodbyes
And walk the line we draw tonight

Early summer they were married
All the sudden there's a baby
And the bum is gone, he left a note, and her alone
Still she kept the ring on
Always hoping for a miracle
But he didn't show, she had to get a smaller home

You're gonna need more than, you're gonna need more than
You're gonna need more than pretty lies
I hope you've come here to say your goodbyes
And walk the line we draw tonight

Gotta get up on a stage now
Play guitar and entertain now
And watch him dance with some young thing I don't know
All the money that he wasted
All the times that he betrayed her
All my nephew knows of a father is his ghost

You're gonna need more than, you're gonna need more than
You're gonna need more than pretty lies
I hope you've come here to say your goodbyes
Walk the line we draw tonight

I hope you've come here to say your goodbyes
Goodbye
Track Name: Broken In Two
BROKEN IN TWO
by Britt K. Arnesen

Mama comes back just to tell us she’s leaving
Brother don’t take it as well as I do
I’m a few years older to me she’s been colder
I used to have just one heart but she broke it in two
I used to have just one heart but it’s broken in two

Mama’s got a plan gonna solve all her troubles
Moving in with a man she knows can keep her in the booze
She’s taken all the jam, put the salmon in the cans now
Gonna take it all in one load and take us on load two
Yeah she takes it all in one load and don’t come back for load two

Some folks have one heart
And they take it all in one load
Yeah some folks have one heart, mine’s broken in two
It’s broken in two

With Mom and Dad gone we’ve been staying at Grandma’s
Little brother minds his manners, doing well at the school
But summer turned tragic, he slipped from my hand and was
Lost to a crevasse on the glacier last June
Couldn’t hold on with one hand, needed two

Can’t hold on with just one hand
Can’t take it all in one load
And some folks have just one heart, mine’s broken in two

Some kids have a dad, they got parents with a plan
They go to colleges and trade schools, wear brand new shoes
I’m on the ranch taking care of old grandma
I don’t help out with just with one hand, I use two
Can’t hold on with one hand, you need two

You can’t take it all in one load
Can’t hold it all in one hand
And some folks have just one heart, mine’s broken in two
It's broken in two
Yeah some folks have just one heart
Track Name: Canyon's Lullaby
CANYON'S LULLABY
by Britt K. Arnesen

Little darling go to sleep my child
Let the dark wash across your eyes
When you wake up we'll say a long goodbye
Board a plane to Juneau's sky

When the wind blows and brings you letters I write
Hear the music with your heart and mind
Come tomorrow when your wings take flight
Remember my lullaby

You're far away counting ravens on the beach
Enchanted forests of all the berries you can eat
Catch a big fish now or just stay dry and read
From time to time would you think of me

When the wind blows and brings you letters I write
Hear the music with your heart and mind
Come tomorrow when your wings take flight
Remember my lullaby

I watch the coal trains you watch the sea
And go to the glacier while I walk the city streets
And how I miss you so much more than you miss me
More than you miss me

When the wind blows and brings you letters I write
Hear the music with your heart and mind
I'm feeling sorry for every tear you cry
Always I'm by your side

Little darling go to sleep my child
Let the dark wash across your eyes
Come tomorrow when your wings take flight
Remember my lullaby
Track Name: Just Want to Hold You Now
JUST WANT TO HOLD YOU NOW
by Britt K. Arnesen

I dreamed last night of a winter pond
Fragile ice we're skating on
Blinked my eyes and you were gone
I just want to hold you now

Letters came and people called
I paced around in a fog
Everyone's sorry for the loss
I just want to hold you now

Flowers came and people called
I scraped the ice from the same old car
This city is frozen like my heart
And I just want to hold you now
Track Name: Railway Waltz
Music by Britt K. Arnesen
Track Name: Miss You Sam
MISS YOU SAM
by Britt K. Arnesen

Draw a picture of your heart now
I'll play a song for only you
Of the time when last I saw you
Of the numbered days that we once knew
Miss you Sam

Potatoes for our supper
On a rosemary day
Magnolias from your sweetheart
I'd give you every flower god ever made
All for you Sam

A taller tree now you're climbing
Reaching up for the sky when
I grabbed your hand in a dream
And woke before I could say
Miss you Sam

Another penny from my pocket
To the fountain I did throw
Mumbling "I'm sorry"
In a language only you and I know
Miss you Sam

Then I feel your wind out walking
The lagoon, the driftwood caves
I hear your voice in salted hollows
See your smile upon madrona waves
Miss you Sam

A taller tree now you're climbing
Reaching up for the sky when
I held my breath in a dream
And woke before I could say
Love you Sam
Track Name: Where's Wayne
WHERE’S WAYNE
Words and music by Britt K. Arnesen

Where is Wayne? I didn’t see him at the fair today
Can’t say I’ve ever gone so long without seeing his face
Like everyone, I’m wondering about where’s Wayne
This whole small town’s debating about where’s Wayne

Little Jane says he came to the very last show she played and
Danced great, bought the band’s new record for the highway
But no now, she can’t tell me he’d gone which way
Jane joins the whole small town speculating about where’s Wayne

She said something about him must have changed
I never would have thought this town would shoo him away
Now over the diesel hum of that pickup truck his country music plays
He’s looking for a highway that leads to a doorway

And it’s the eighth of May, humming birds and jays
Garden starts, the farmer’s market, and Jodi’s got a brand new baby
Not one of us has heard from our friend Wayne
And this whole small town’s still debating about where’s Wayne

But I know something inside us has got to change
What kind of small town drives a nice young man away?
He had his radio on each and every working day
One day he turned it off, and now he’s gone

Left us all-a-wondering where is Wayne? Living in a country song out on the highway
Can’t say that without him here I’ve got a good enough reason to stay
And I’m so tired of wondering about where’s Wayne
While this whole small town’s speculating about where’s Wayne

Well I know something inside us has got to change
Before this small town drives this nice young girl away
Now over the diesel hum of my pickup truck his country music plays
Wayne showed me a doorway that leads to a highway
I’m Looking down that highway toward that doorway