Hope Tree

by Jeremy Peyton

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Mark Twain once wrote, "Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms." The Hope Tree songs stem from my encounters with God in times of darkness. I am coming to know Him less as a faceless concept, and more as a vulnerable personality who relates to me directly. It seems like hope is a popular buzzword in modern culture, and faith is mystical and vague. I want to reveal blossoms by telling true stories of a real God.

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released November 1, 2012

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Jeremy Peyton Ellensburg, Washington

Singer/songwriter, family man, fruit loop, and collector of true stories of a real God.

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Track Name: Departure
Departure
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

Leave me alone for a while. I need some time to think.
I can’t remember which thoughts are mine or those you told me.
And as much as I’m entertained, I’m still hopelessly bored.
If I’m to ever do anything, I’ve got to break away.

Chorus
(This is) What I’ve been waiting for
(But still) I am stuck to my floor
(Trading) All my hopes and all my dreams
(Waking) I wanna be left alone for a while

Won’t you break my heart? I’ve loved too many things.
I wanted happiness and safety, but that’s all been a lie.
Be my direction. I wasn’t going anywhere anyway.
And take my emotions. They just lead me astray.
(chorus)

Is this remote in my hand so much different than
A needle in my arm or pills to make me numb?
And there’s nothing sadder than being given a second chance
And using it to stay right where I am.
I’d change the world if I could only get out of bed.
(verse 1)

Chorus
(This is) What I’ve been waiting for
(But still) I am stuck to my floor
(Trading) All my hopes and all my dreams
(Waking) I wanna be left alone for a while
(This is) This is what I’ve been waiting for
(I feel) Life can be so much more
(I see) I’m worth more than I ever dreamed
(Leaving) It’s time to let go of me
And I wanna be left alone for a while
Track Name: Consider It Done
Consider It Done
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

If I had all of the boldness in the world
I could not ask for you to go through what you did
All that you paid to save me has me thinking, makes me sing

Chorus
I don’t deserve this. I couldn’t earn it.
How did I get your love?
You went and bought me. My God, you’ve got me.
Whatever you say, whatever you want
Consider it done.

If that was it and heaven’s all you gave to me
Well it’s way too much for me to ever think or dream
Your passion, so fantastic, pushes you to spoiling me
(chorus)

What do you give a God who has got everything
I know you want me and that’s so hard to believe, but
Alright, if you insist, I’m waiting by the back door
I’ll stop pretending I’m busy ‘cause you’re too tough to ignore
You have blown me away
You have blown me away
You have shown me the way to you

So here I am. I surrender, Lord, I’m through
And by your strength, I will live for pleasing you
With all I’ve got inside me I will sing your praise because
Track Name: Grace Is For Freeloaders
Grace Is For Freeloaders
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

I’ve worked so hard
Done all I know to be someone you might like
I’m embarrassed about the shape I’m in
Wait outside while I clean up a bit

The joke is on you
And the joke is on me
Only because of my empty hands can I embrace you

chorus
Grace is for freeloaders. Heaven’s full of beggars
Eternal light has always been a beacon for those with no place to go
White robes are for the naked. Laugh lines mark the orphans
Theology is only comprehended in the hearts of children

Poor I come now
Weaker yet, still I can’t stand the smell of myself
Holy presence, guilty conscience
How I try to measure up

But truth is bigger than me
And love will overcome
My growling stomach is leading me to savor your mercy
(chorus)

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
Track Name: Admiring You
Admiring You
by Jeremy Peyton and Matthew Ball, copyright 2012

I’ve been admiring you today
Things I’ve seen a thousand times
Are wonderful in a new way
I didn’t notice before
Green leaves turn to fiery red
Surely it’s a miracle
Fall to the path where I have tread
Walkin’ on holy ground

chorus
These things change me, giving me new eyes
Glory painted all across the sky
Admiring you

So come on and show me more
It’s never felt so good to breathe
It’s like you’re in the air
The autumn stars are back again
Seems like I can see every one
Could we just sit and stare at them?
And would you tell me their names?
(chorus)
Track Name: My One Desire
My One Desire
by Jeremy Peyton & Matthew Ball, copyright 2012

I am lost in the noise of life
Waiting here, I hunger for you
I have come to be with you
Take this life and lift it up again

prechorus
All I am is wanting to be in your presence
Just to swim the depths of you
Hold me in your mercy
Let me know your kindness
Captivate me once again

chorus
My prayer is that you would be my one desire
To know you more and more each day
To trust in you. I hope in your great faithfulness
You are good. You are good

Calm the storm. Still my heart
Let me hear your still small voice
Heal my eyes. Stir my soul
Let me see how wonderful you are
(prechorus, chorus)

In stillness and trust you will find your strength
Repentance and rest will reveal salvation
(prechorus, chorus)
Track Name: I Could Have
I Could Have
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

I could have loved you, my will resigned
I could have melted, my heart refined
I could have held my hand to your plow
And reaped the light I don’t see now

I could have set my feet to your race
And been the flesh to your holy grace
I could have taken your vineyard grapes
And pressed the wine of your precious praise

Li la li

I could have known you, my mind at ease
I could have drifted, your breath my breeze
I could have seen you cut through the haze
And stared into your wild loving gaze

Li la li

I could have (set my feet to your race)
Oh, I could have (taken your vineyard grapes)

Yet still I hear you race to rescue me
And the thunderous pounding of my father’s feet
Teach me to stay here, head against your chest
I’ll never have to sing of my regrets
And with my tears I will wash your feet
When I collapse in victory

Li la li
Track Name: Long-Awaited One
Long Awaited One
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

Hear my voice, feel my breath gently on your face
Take my finger in your fist, wrapped in my embrace

Sweetly drifting off to dreaming, long awaited one
Answer of our constant praying, long awaited one

Lovely child, welcome here. God’s most precious gift
Every heartbeat in your chest speaks His faithfulness

Sweetly drifting off to dreaming, long awaited one
Answer of our constant praying, long awaited one

Grown in laughter, love, and singing, long awaited one
Run through fields of joy and blessing, long awaited one

Answer of our constant praying, long awaited one
Track Name: Watch Over You
Watch Over You
by Jeremy Peyton & Matthew Ball, copyright 2012


Staring at you while you dream I can’t help but feel uneasy
It’s just that I
Never in my wildest dreams thought that you’d look up to me
And tell me how could you be prepared
For all of the pain that’s waiting out there
When all that I can do is

Watch over you while you sleep
Watch over you ‘til you leave

I am flattered but I fear I’ve been overestimated
I’m just a man
Struggling with his own importance What could I teach you?
And how could I ever touch your life
Given our fleeting chance in time
And all that I can do is

Watch over you while you sleep
Watch over you ‘til you leave

Although you’re much too young to know
I can speak deep into your soul
So when you’re drowning in life’s throws
You’ll hear a song of love and hope
And all that I can pray is

Watch over you while you sleep
Watch over you when you leave
Track Name: Sweetest Little Thing
Sweetest Little Thing
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

When I get up, she’s the first thing on my mind
And I’m still buzzin’ from the way she looked the last time
She’s got such powerful stuff
No matter how much I get, I can never get enough and I know

This changes everything
Cuz it’s all that I can talk about
You’d be safe to say I’m preoccupied
It would seem it’s taken over me
But it’s so hard to define what I mean

Anna and me, we got the sweetest little thing goin’ on

She’s all woman, that’s for sure
But we can laugh like children rollin’ ‘round the livingroom floor
She’s tough but still so kind
I don’t have to tell you, brother, that’s a hard combination to find

She’s such a mystery
She’s an emerald island undiscovered
Like a peacock hidin’ his tailfeathers
It’s a dream in my reality
Still it’s so hard to describe what I see

Anna and me, we got the sweetest little thing goin’ on

I know it seems a little fast with all the pain that’s in our past
Could we be heading for another heartache?
But if it’s love and love is real, then knowing pain’s part of the deal
I could protect myself but then I’d miss the dance of living
When love has conquered me

Go on and get that girl. Go on, go on...

Anna and me, we got the sweetest little thing goin’ on
Track Name: Love Made Low
Love Made Low
by Jeremy Peyton, copyright 2012

How is it tongues can sing of such marvelous things?
How could words ever tell of our great Emmanuel?
Wonders of our God come taught to daughters and our sons
Sovereign God, you have made yourself low
Purest King born to be one of us

This is an astounding love covered in humility
If we drag it through the mud
All your glory is not stained by some mockery we have made

How could our earthly ink hold the thoughts that you think?
How could bones be so bold to presume your frame to hold?
How could hearts, yours and mine, be the throne of the divine?
Precious Lord, you have made yourself low
Holy Prince, came to be one of us

He cried out an earnest song covered in humanity
Even if so gently sung
All your glory is not contained in some verses we could sing
Like a babe set in hay, like the darkness giving way
Like a flower, doomed to die, sends its seeds far and wide
Like the rain comes to fall, sinners, saints, on us all