Jack Arnesen

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We put this collection together to give you an idea of what we sound like. Contact us to "cool up" your next event with some great acoustic live music! Also be sure to check out our bluegrass band, Pinegrass, at facebook.com/pinegrass

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released June 30, 2017

Mandola, guitar - Britt Arnesen
Banjo, dobro - Jack Mauer

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Jack Arnesen Victor, montana

Vintage tunes from the Great American Repertoire of oldtime folk, country, and bluegrass.

Featuring some of Western Montana's finest: songwriter Britt Arnesen (guitar, mandola) and Jack Mauer (banjo, dobro).

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Track Name: Scenic Idaho
SCENIC IDAHO
Words and music by Britt Arnesen

Scenic Idaho, your lightning come and shook me
Thirsty grass in flames, the drought fed the spark
They said that nothing could fight the wildfire between us
It burned so hot all summer long

I’ve had some time to do my thinking
Too many nights when I’m the smoke under your stars
I never thought you’d hold me there and keep me
But here we are back in the same old spot

And I just can’t stay mad at you for long
For every ounce of trouble you’ve got a pound of charm
I’m throwing up my hands, Babe, I’m sorry oh I’m wrong
Now please don’t stay mad at me so long

Maybe I’ll have better luck in Bozeman
Or Butte, America (man my hope is a mile high)
I see Our Lady of the Rockies from the Freeway
And wave goodbye across the Great Divide

I just can’t stay mad at you for long
For every ounce of trouble you’ve got a pound of charm
I’m throwing up my hands, Babe, I’m sorry oh I’m wrong
Now please don’t stay mad at me so long
Sometimes your best laid plans they turn out oh so wrong
Let's don't stay mad so long
Track Name: Chimney Creek Angel
CHIMNEY CREEK ANGEL
words and music by Britt Arnesen

Out on Chimney Creek Road
I was saved by an angel with a pickup truck
From ten miles on the ridge top
She saw me out hitching and hard on my luck
Drove down all the way just to give me break
From the searing summer heat
It's 100 in the shade and there is no shade
You sure are an angel to me

Hop on back with the saddles
And help me look for the cattle with your young eyes
Mine used to be better
But years of the weather have worn them dry
The hot blowing sand
And time's cruel demands
Have taken their toll on me
With each dusty day I get closer to failing
Help me see what I no longer see

It's a long way up
With those burdens weighing you down
Just listen for the sound of angels

In these very mountains
I've seen generations of people and dogs
81 years I've been living right here
My last mule is gone
Our family has roamed on this ranch we've called home
For 156 years
That there cemetery is where they're all buried
Their angels are my company

And it's a long way up
With those burdens weighing you down
Just listen for the sound of angels

Out on Chimney Creek Road when I needed an angel
You found me there
You say I can't take your picture because you're not pretty
I beg to differ
You say your beauty has faded
I say youth's over-rated
You look like an angel to me
You look like an angel
You are an angel
You sure are an angel to me
You look like an angel
You sure are an angel to me
Track Name: Say Goodbye to My Good Name
SAY GOODBYE TO MY GOOD NAME
Words and music by Britt Arnesen

It's so hard to make a stand
When I'm on the losing end
Of goodbye
Took a stroll on down the branch
To the place we first held hands
And said goodbye to my good name

Heard a tale about myself
Crazy nonsense people sell
Crazy games they play
Blowing smoke right in my face
Just to put me in my place
And say goodbye to my good name

I'm the rose you're the wine
We sing in syncopated time
A winging prayer
Rough our road
Weak our vine
We take a wreckin (reckon) every time
And say goodbye to my good name

Go on and break what you cannot mend
In another life we could have been
Friends
I ain't wed to my mistakes
Every day's a chance to change
Or say goodbye to my good name
Track Name: Wood River Moon
WOOD RIVER MOON
Words and music by Britt Arnesen

Oh melody maker
I've come for a favor
Please do what you're able
There's a good man I know who needs saving
Wood River Moon
Please send him this song with my love

He's burdened with sadness
Feeling blue and abandoned
Lost the one thing that matters
Then the world around him shattered
Wood River Moon
Please send him this song with my love

On the wind through the maples
Or the call of a raven
Strong and sustaining
Like the music we could (should) be making
Wood River Moon
Please send him this song with my love

Make it warm and inviting
Like the spark I see inside him
Make the magic exciting
When these arms come hold him tightly
Wood River Moon
Please send him this song with my love
Track Name: Rosewood Casket
ROSEWOOD CASKET

There's a little rosewood casket
Lying on a marble stand
And a packet of old love letters
Written by my true love's hand

Bring them to me little sister
Read them o'er for me tonight
I have often tried but I could not
For the tears that filled my eyes

Now when I'm dead and in my casket
And the shroud's around me bound
And my narrow grave is ready
In some lonely churchyard ground

Last Sunday I say him walking
With a lady by his side
And I thought I heard him tell her
She would never be his bride

Take these letters and his locket
Place them gentle o'er my heart
But this golden ring that he gave me
From my fingers never part

When I'm dead and in my casket
And I gently fall asleep
Fall asleep to wake in heaven
Little sister do not weep
Track Name: Calamity Jane
CALAMITY JANE
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
Track Name: Get Along Home Cindy Cindy
GET ALONG HOME CINDY CINDY
Traditional

You oughta see my Cindy
She lives a way down South
She's so sweet the honey bees
Swarm around her mouth

Cindy in the summer
Cindy in the fall
If I can't have my Cindy gal
I'll have no gal at all

Get along home, Cindy Cindy
Get along home
Get along home, Cindy Cindy
I'll marry you someday

I wish I had a nickel
I wish I had a dime
I'd give it to my Cindy gal
To love me all the time

Now Cindy's got religion
She had it once before
But when she hears the banjo play
She's the first one on the floor

When Cindy got religion
She twirled around and round
She got so full of glory
She knocked the preacher down

She's going down to Richmond
You wanna know what for?
She's going down to Richmond
To put an end to war

I wish I was an apple
Hanging on a tree
Then every time my Cindy'd pass
She'd take a bit of me

I wish I had a needle
As fine as I could sew
I'd sew that gal to my coat tails
And down the road we'll go
Track Name: Hard Times Come Again No More
HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE
Traditional

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears
Hard times come again no more

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary
Hard times hard times come again no more
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door
Oh hard times come again no more

While we seek mirth and beauty in music live and gay
There are frail forms fainting at the door
Though their voices are silent their pleading looks will say
Oh hard times come again no more

There's a fair lovely maiden who toils her life away
With a worn heart whose better days are o'er
Though her voice it should be merry it is silent all the day
Oh hard times come again no more
Track Name: Oxford Town
OXFORD TOWN
By Bob Dylan

Oxford Town, Oxford Town
Everybody's got their heads bowed down
The sun don't shine above the ground
Ain't a-goin' down to Oxford Town

He went down to Oxford Town
Guns and clubs followed him down
All because his face was brown
Better get away from Oxford Town

Oxford Town around the bend
Come to the door, he couldn't get in
All because of the color of his skin
What do you think about that, my friend?

Me and my gal, my gal's son
We got met with a tear gas bomb
I don't even know why we come
Goin' back where we come from

Oxford Town in the afternoon
Everybody singin' a sorrowful tune
Two men died 'neath the Mississippi moon
Somebody better investigate soon