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Calamity Jane

from Dream In Blue by Britt Arnesen

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I encourage you to look up Calamity Jane on Wikipedia. Her real story is not quite what you'd think. She was a very tragic character, an entertainer who became a caricature of herself. Or as I like to say, "This song is about living in a basement."


Words and music by Britt Arnesen

Drowning in my wishful thinking
This ball and chain my last mistake
I've been sinking down to the bed I made me
Swallowed the only key to save me

Lost my Will in a game of cards
He called my bluff had to show my hearts
Got no magic sleeve where to hide my aces
I shot the moon and luck betrayed me

But you won't hear me cry tonight
Down below I'm out of your sight
Fair weather friends on the trail we ride
Can't buy your love can't afford your time

Bury me in the Deadwood pines
By Black Hills gold and my true love's side
Now he's dead and gone like my tallest tales
And no one believes that he was my baby

Locked up to this leaden weight
Empty bottle to seal my fate
Calamity Jane, I'm the queen of spades and
For my last words I sing your praises


from Dream In Blue, released June 8, 2018
Songwriting, guitar, upright bass, and vocals by Britt Arnesen
Mixed/mastered by Brian Hazard and Resonance Mastering.
Recorded February 2018 by Britt Arnesen in Missoula, Montana.

Britt is playing an 1891 Martin parlor guitar, size 2 1/2 style 17 (thanks, Kim Rice) and a 1942 Kay Bass, tuned to the standard of A = 432.


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Britt Arnesen Missoula, montana

Britt K. Arnesen is a Montana folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. She plays in the longtime Missoula band Pinegrass. Britt is originally from Juneau, Alaska.

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