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The Painting

from Dream In Blue by Britt Arnesen

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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 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.

An extra thank you on this song to the late poet and my dear friend Derick Burleson. He was also a painter, and my roommate in Two Rivers, Alaska, and the folks that speculate this song is about him are incorrect. However, he did encourage me to paint. I was terrible at it. I came down with pertussis (whooping cough) when I first moved to Montana in 2011 and wrote this song while sick on the couch staring up at my bad painting.


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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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