Barnacle Rock Road

from Middle of the Rainbow by Britt Arnesen

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    One of my favorite tunes I wrote for February Album Writing Month 2011. A good ole sea shanty.
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On Superbowl Sunday my mom called from her cell phone and said she had just driven past Barnacle Rock Road and she knew that was my next song title. I got right to work on that!

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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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from Middle of the Rainbow, released March 23, 2012
Thanks to mariners Jeff Coult and Janet Kowalski of the MV Arctic Traveller for letting me know about Barnacle Rock Rd.

Guitar and vocals by 907Britt
Banjo, mandolin, bass, vocals and guitar by Richie Reinholdt
recorded fall 2011 at Animaltown Studios in Missoula, MT

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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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