Save the Day

by Letters from Jeremiah

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Save the Day is an EP from Letters from Jeremiah, a solo project of Bill Cote, the singer/guitarist of the alternative rock trio, The Reverse Engineers. Anyone familiar with TRE will notice the similarity in the overall texture of Letters from Jeremiah. That's because the EP features the same three musicians - Bill, Daniel and Charles Cote. The difference between this recording and a TRE CD is the subject matter. With the exception of one cover song, Goodbye Jack by folk artist Ben Bedford, these songs feature Christian lyrics.

One overriding theme throughout the record is how our Lord can bring beauty from tragedy (The Devil's Dilemma and Praise God) or how we grow the most by enduring hard times as in "In the Valleys I Grow". Our God is with us during these trying times and will create a path for us that is something even better than the one we had planned - if we let Him.

The EP contains two acoustic tunes - Goodbye Jack and That's How I Am, allowing the listener to hear how strong these songs are in a simple, stripped-down context. The songwriting throughout shines and God willing, will find an audience among Christian Contemporary listeners -- although many of the songs would feel right at home on a non-religious radio station.

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released July 13, 2015

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Save the Day is an EP from Letters from Jeremiah, a solo project of Bill Cote, the singer/guitarist of the alternative rock trio, The Reverse Engineers. Anyone familiar with TRE will notice the similarity in the overall texture of Letters from Jeremiah. That's because the EP features the same three musicians - Bill, Daniel and Charles Cote. ... more

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Track Name: Praise God
Praise God

Brand new paths
Detours
Missed exits –
Your heart sinks as you go careering past

looking back, the path was so clear
don’t look back, or you’ll curse the year

But a million missed connections
give Him a million more ways
To help you find your way...

“Praise God!”
He’ll bring a greater good
Out of this mess --
“Praise God!”
He’ll transform your tragedy
Into beauty

So when the coaster starts to roll
Raise your hands to Heaven, and
Go screaming all the way!...

Because the greater good is coming fast
Your greater God will pave the way
Yes, the greater good is coming fast
Your greater God will save the day

Like a cosmic GPS,
He recalculates
another happy ending --- home

Opening lines
Meeting of minds
Your heart sings and your longing soars

Turning you on
then turning you down
possibilities no more

But a million missed mates
give Him a million more ways
To help you find the one

“Praise God!”
He’ll bring a greater good
Out of this mess
“Praise God!”
He’ll transform your tragedy
Into beauty

So when the coaster starts to roll
Raise your hands to Heaven and
Go screaming all the way!...

Because the greater good is coming fast
Your greater God will pave the way
Yes, the greater good is coming fast
Your greater God will save the day

Like a cosmic GPS, He’ll recalculate
another happy ending --
another happy ending --
another happy ending --
home
Track Name: The Devil's Dilemma
The Devil’s Dilemma

Twin blasts from brother bombers
set off a chain reaction of good
Limbs torn but hearts are opened
Smoke dissipates and
Goodness floods in

The devil must gnash his teeth
when he sees his plans blow up in his face
Thoughts and prayers go out
as heroes and hearts rush in
And prayers are said around the world today

the dark begets light galore
the dark unleashed light in store
Satan recoils in horror at the honor
As Samaritans become saints this day

That’s the Devil’s dilemma

The blast forces the flags back
But the ripple extends to every nation
A shockwave of sin is a temporary distortion of the natural way
As darkness wins a battle –
virtue wins the war
evil cannot make - only twist
These bloodied bodies and mangled memories are not God’s way

But the force behind it is real and hell-bent on destruction
The twisted minds that plan these attacks
will seek ruin in their limited time
This realm has not seen the last of their plots

This larger war is a marathon for us all
each called to serve on the front lines –
facing forces just as destructive
That tears apart families and shatter dreams
facing forces just as corrosive
that stain our souls and break our hearts

But the good rises again each time,
resurrecting us all
Placing us on a surer path,
making us more alert for the snake
that slithers in the shade of the garden

That’s the Devil’s dilemma

Stay calm, be vigilant
Be calm, stay vigilant
Stay vigilant
Track Name: Goodbye Jack
Goodbye Jack

Been too long out to sea
in the great north weather
With your right hand on a writing pen
And a bottle in the other

Steam power will not bring you back
nor intentions of the best
Cause your body broke in two
Your spirit stood the test

Hard living on the Frisco Bay
it ain’t no way to go
There are scoundrels on the briney deep
and the hills are full of gold

Some say you were an sob
A Hard to get along
But even still I figured you were worth
At least a poor man’s song

Goodbye jack
Welcome home
the angels sing a lullabye
you’ve been too long alone
here’s the place
you won’t go dry
it’s somewhere tween the milky way and the South Pacific sky
Goodbye Jack

your soul transcended
snow banks, blizzards, icy breaks
as your body stumbled downstream
taverns for a drink

if i listen hard enough
nearly always hear it
as animal brutality contends with human spirit

Goodbye Jack
Welcome home
the angels sing a lullabye
you’ve been too long alone
here’s the place
you won’t go dry
it’s somewhere ‘tween the Milky Way and the South Pacific sky
Goodbye Jack

As the miners pan for gold
live your life too fast
slowly stealing vital signs
from things not meant to last
but you poured it out on the page
your uncommon wit
from the mountains capped with silver
down to streets of grime and grit

Goodbye Jack
Welcome home
the angels sing a lullabye
you’ve been too long alone
here’s the place
you won’t go dry
it’s somewhere ‘tween the milky way and the South Pacific sky
Goodbye Jack

Your love of life was forfeit
when you tried to build that fire
down in dawson to the sea
with the men of forty mile

and the daughter of aurora’s waitin’
at the rainbows end
she’s calling at the wild
with the league of the old men

Goodbye jack
Welcome home
the angels sing a lullabye
you’ve been too long alone
here’s the place
you won’t go dry
it’s somewhere ‘tween the milky way and the South Pacific sky
Goodbye Jack
Track Name: In the Valleys I Grow
In the Valleys I Grow

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then I have to remember
That it's in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for the valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!
The mountain tops they are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!
The mountain tops they are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!

But it’s in the valleys
it’s in the valleys --
it’s in the valleys i grow!


(This poem was written by Jane Eggleston who currently lives in Virginia. Her son Jeff states, "She is a wonderful person, loves Jesus and has been the best mother anyone could ever ask for." What a fitting tribute to any mother.)

Lyrics used by permission.
Track Name: That's How I Am
That’s How I Am

Mama taught me to treasure hearts
Daddy taught me to “finish, but never start...”
Tender and tough in equal parts
That’s how I am

Mama took me to Sunday school
Daddy showed me derring-do
Superheroes and golden rules
That’s how I am

Mama brought laughter and fun
Daddy said stick to your guns
Don’t compromise on principle
Stand by your beliefs

It’s open to choice what we’re gonna be
But the apple don’t fall far from the tree
There’s truth in that old homily
What my parents instilled lives on in me

Mama taught me to lend an ear
Daddy showed me how to get it in gear
To persevere
That’s how I am

Mama showed it was okay to cry
Daddy exemplified do or die
Be and deserve a friend
That’s how I am

Mama gave a sense of peace
Daddy said speak my piece
Keep a belly full of fire
Not swallowed pride

It’s open to choice what we’re gonna be
But the apple don’t fall far from the tree
There’s truth in that old homily
What my parents instilled lives on in me

Lyrics by Eddie Watson