Dream In Blue

from by Britt Arnesen

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In the tradition of murder ballads in folk, bluegrass, and mountain music, stories are usually told from the perspective of a man murdering a woman he loves/loved. I turned it around to let the victim do the talking as her ghost haunts the man who drowned her.


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 and
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 can 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


from Dream In Blue, released June 8, 2018
Britt is playing an 1891 Martin Parlor Guitar, size 2 1/2, Style 17 (thank you, Kim Rice). She is also playing a 1942 Kay Bass.

Recorded February 2018 in Missoula, Montana in Britt's kitchen. Mixed/mastered by Brian Hazard and Resonance Mastering.

Original watercolors by Bayla Arietta.

Richie Reinholdt and I previously recorded this song on our first Britchy CD, Dream On (2013). I played a little bit of his guitar solo as a shout-out. Thank you, Richie.


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Folksinger and songwriter Britt K. Arnesen is from Juneau, Alaska. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana.

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