Chimney Creek Angel

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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

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from Jack Arnesen, released June 30, 2017

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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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