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The Painting

from Middle of the Rainbow by Britt Arnesen

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video of 907Britt performing "The Painting" with Dave Smith on mandolin at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uJrrFFWFDY


words and music by Britt K. Arnesen

He traced all of our plans upon a canvas
An ordered mingling of lines
Tender like the first brush between us
Feathered, a sunset goodbye
And a finely painted face
Of some other lady
Whose picture don’t look like mine

Postcards and letters from their daydreams
Her young love and beauty made him blind
He traded our promises for her maybes
The mailbox a witness to his crime
And a neatly written name
Of some other lady
Whose song doesn’t sound like mine

Sorrow in the shadow of his freedom
He’d see heartache if he ever looked behind
Betrayal has a way of getting even
Hiding snakes in green grass on the other side
Where the painting hangs
At the home of some other lady
Whose colors don’t bleed like mine

A finely painted face
Of some other lady
Whose colors don’t fade like mine


from Middle of the Rainbow, released March 23, 2012
Guitar, vocals by 907Britt
mandolin, bass, vocals by Richie Reinholdt
Pedal steel by Larry Chung
recorded fall 2011 at Animaltown Studios in Missoula, Montana


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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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