Memorial Day on Cattle Point Road

from Solo Acoustic at the Stensrud Building by Britt Arnesen

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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

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from Solo Acoustic at the Stensrud Building, released December 31, 2012

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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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