This song was written for the August Songwriting Challenge for the WCS Songwriting Club. Honestly, I waited until the last minute and didn’t have a lot of time so it feels like a rough draft for me! It definitely has potential 🙂  The song is basically about being frustrated with this life.  Dealing with sin, dealing with fear, pain, and hardship.  It’s a song about hope.  Real hope.  The hope for those who are in Christ – who have a perfect eternity that is being preserved for them.  Its not a hope that takes away the hard things of life, but a hope that empowers us to endure it.

When I Get There

Ben Chilcote

These eyes
See both dark and light
How will I get through this life

This mouth
Speaks both truth and lies
How will I get through this night

Don’t know how long but
This night will be ending
I will hold on
Hope is waiting for me

When I get there
Day consumes the night
When I get there
Darkness turns to light
When I get there
Only joyful cries
Goodbye to goodbyes
When I get there

These feet
Stumble through the night
How will I get through this life

These eyes
Are fixed on Jesus face
To run the race and fight the fight

Don’t know – how long but
This night will be ending
I will – hold on
Hope is waiting for me

CHORUS

Hold on to the truth we claim
Hold on to the only Name
Hold on through the race we run
With eyes on the Faithful One
Death’s not the end
This night will be ending
Hold on – Hold on
Hope is waiting for me

CHORUS

This song was written for week #8 of the WCS Songwriting Club. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to participate in the songwriting club that I started! I felt compelled to really pump this out so I forced myself to keep it simple – which is NOT easy!  It’s in a hymn format and the idea behind the song was to come up with ideas that one might sing first thing in the morning.  I suggested in the club it’s the opposite of a lullaby so they suggested maybe it’s a wake-aby 🙂

With All My Heart (Morning Song) by Ben Chilcote

With my first breath I come to see
You’ve been watching over me
For this day that your mercy
Has allowed to be
With all my heart I will sing to you
With all my heart I will sing to you

All you plans I do not see
You have good in mind for me
Whether sun on my face
Or clouds that cover me
With all my heart I will sing to you
With all my heart I will sing to you

May I remember everyday
My first breath is a gift of grace…
Until death do we meet
In eternal embrace
With all my heart I will sing to you
With all my heart I will sing to you
With all my strength I will cling to you
With all my heart I will sing to you

© 2012 Ben Chilcote


This song was written as the first assignment in the WCS Songwriting Club. I only had a week to write it. The song is about the tension we live with as Christians trying to figure out our lives while we still have remnants of our old life still trailing behind us.

I’m Beginning To See

My former life is
A life of darkness
Though shadows still cast in the light

Once you awaken
Everything changes
Bright colors bleed through black and white

I’m beginning to see
That maybe
This whole thing is not about me
There’s a bigger picture here to be seen
But I’m much to close now

I’m beginning to fear
That maybe
This whole thing will never be clear
There’s a whole new way to tell if I’m where
I’m supposed to be
I’m beginning to see

Now I am leaning
On those beside me
No longer needing to pretend

We’ll find the arrows
To the path that narrows
We’ll walk it till we find the end

CHORUS

Step by step
Day by day
Trust in faith

CHORUS

© 2012 Ben Chilcote

ABOUT THE SONG

This song came about in a simple way. A phrase come to me one day on the way home from the office – as I was driving through my neighborhood. This is a common occurrence and I’m usually prepared to get it down so I don’t forget. The phrase was about New Orleans and the storms going on inside the homes on my street. That phrase and the coming of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks were the motivation to write this song.

On September 11, 2001, the world changed.  For many, life changed dramatically.  Ultimately, we were all reminded that life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised.  It’s easy to forget those who suffer tragedy in their lives and continue to live with the memory of loss still today.  We’ve seen a lot of tragedy in the past 10 years –  September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the many other world disasters.  We tend to unite around these things – which is an awesome thing to see – it’s a reflection of the image of God in us to have such compassion.

I can’t help but think, though, that a people can be strongly united, linked arm-in-arm, yet fully unaware they are all standing together on sinking sand.  May we find our hope in the One who will one day return to restore all of creation. And may we trust in Him for all things until that day.

**ATTN SONGWRITERS: To go “behind the scenes” on the creation of this song, click here.

LYRICS

The World is in His Hands

by Ben Chilcote

Most of us remember well

The moments when the towers fell

A day where many never made it home

The message was “We will prevail”

Bolstered by the hero’s tales

The leveled ground united everyone

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope is gone.

In the ashes, will we all fall down?

Planes Crash and buildings fall

And only You stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

Waves rolled over New Orleans

And storms are blowing through homes on my street

Kids are wakin’ up and there’s no home

In a single day your world can fall

In a single day you can lose it all

And you never know until tomorrow comes

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope is gone.

In the ashes, will we all fall down?

Waves crash and buildings fall

And only You stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

Oh, say can you see – We need You

We need You, We need You!

You’re the dawn’s only light

We need You, We need You, We need You!

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope seems gone.

With Jesus we have hope to rise again

Planes Crash and buildings fall

And only You

Stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

The world is in Your hands

The world is in Your hands

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Story behind the Song

Our Baby Dedication Service was coming up (we do 2 a year at BCC) and the few songs that worked well for the service were getting well worn. I thought I’d try to write my own song for it. With a good 5 years of fatherhood behind me, I felt qualified to write about children and dedicating them to the Lord so I went to it. This is the song that resulted.

While writing the song I relied on God’s inspiration and drew from my experience as a father. Early in marriage, my wife and I faced infertility. God guided us through 2 wonderful adoption experiences. Then in February of 2009 God gave us wonderful gift of a natural conception. Our third child was born on my 30th birthday. Needless to say, it was an answer to prayer. We see our children as gifts that God has entrusted to us to care for and raise to be obedient servants of Jesus.

I have found much joy and purpose in singing this song to our newborn. I hold him and sing this to him. What a wonderful prayer God has given me to speak into my children’s lives. I pray this song will bless many more parents out there who realize the wonderful and scary task they have as a parent.

A Song for Many Occasions

  • Baby Dedication Gift
  • Song for Baby Dedication Ceremonies
  • Infant Baptism or Christening Gift
  • Song for Infant Baptism Ceremonies
  • Newborn Baby Gifts
  • Gift for Adoption
  • Baby Shower Gift
  • Lullaby for parents to sing or play

 

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Lyrics

In Good Hands
Copyright 2009 Ben Chilcote

I closed my eyes and said a prayer
And when I looked down you were there
And you were placed into my arms
So amazing

Who am I that God would trust
His little one into my love
And now it all seems up to me
You’re small and helpless

Your steps are ordered
Your hairs are counted
I’ve been entrusted
With God’s beloved

How will I teach you how to walk
When I’m so prone to wander off
How will I teach you how to live
To love and give

How will I teach you how to trust
When I don’t keep my promises
How can I teach you all these things
I’m still learning

Your steps are ordered
Your hairs are counted
A life awaits you
Like a fountain

I am the only world you see
Your tiny hand reaches to me

So I take you by the hand
Close my eyes and pray again
Today I place my dreams for you
In His hands

And one day when you are grown
And walk with Jesus on your own
I know you finally will be
In good hands

Through the tears and
Through the laughter
The Lord goes with you
Before and after

He is longing
For the moment
He can walk with
His beloved

Our steps are ordered
Our hairs are counted
He has never
Missed a moment

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I’ve recieved emails from people who have used In Good Hands in their dedication or baptism services. Have you used the song to bless someone’s life? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment and share how In Good Hands has blessed you and your family.

I attempted to create this song in real time while capturing it on video.  It didn’t work out as I hoped as the song was VERY hard to write.  But you can watch the song and then the “Making of” video below for insight to my creative process.

The song is a little darker than I usually do but the thematic elements of the song influenced that.  I am really happy with the chorus but the verses were really thrown together at the last minute in order to get the song completed.   Enjoy! Comment! Share!

KC Turner Songwriter Club – Challenge #3

Behind the Music

“I Never Left“ was song assignment #3 in KC Turner’s Songwriting Club. We had to use it as the title and in the lyrics and had one week to write, perform, and share the song.

The chorus came to me on the first day of the challenge but the music for the verses didn’t come very easily. Finally on my way to work on Wednesday I hummed out a tune I thought would work so immediately when I got to the office I recorded it – cause if you don’t you forget it pretty quickly.

On my Thursday morning commute to work, I had worked out a first draft for 2 verses. (Songwriters always need to have pen and paper ready!) I was pretty happy with what I came up with and decided to do one more draft recording to help capture the song as it was so far. I also wanted to give it some time to simmer in case I could improve some of the wording. By the end of the day, though, I knew I wouldn’t have much time this weekend to work on it so I called it “done” and recorded it.

It’s interesting when you have such a tight deadline for a song. I always wonder what the final product would be if I had another week. I definitely think some of the lyrics could be improved. But it is what it is and there’s nothing that says that I can’t someday rework it.

Lyrics

I NEVER LEFT
© 2010 Ben Chilcote

I’ve been silent, I know
Invisible – But no
I never left you.
And I never will
I’ve been hiding
‘Cause I’m not invincible
But know
I never left you
And I never will

Yet again
Words are not exchanging
I dodge your eyes
I sense my fear engaging
My mistake is I try to fake my innocence
Instinct says
Silence is my only defense
Against unknown consequence

CHORUS

There are things inside of me
That I want to shout!
You can’t see
It’s killing me that I can’t figure it out
There’s a wall you can’t cross and I can’t see around
Is this the day courage says “I’m breaking it down!”
Gotta find a way to get back to you

CHORUS

You took a chance
Don’t give up on me!
I could take a chance…

CHORUS

Songs from the Office graphicI can’t promise to keep up this pace, but this week’s SFTO episode is another original. Hopefully someday in the near future a full studio version will be released because the acoustic version doesn’t quite capture the energy of the song.

This song makes its stage debut on the same day this post is published. In our services today, it will kick off a 4 week sermon series that will unveil the new vision for our local church that the leaders feel God has revealed to us. The song came about both from my personal faith journey and the many prayer times, discussions and meditations on this vision.

The scriptural anchor for the song comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, specifically from Matthew 5:41. For me, this turned out to be an interesting point of discovery – this whole 2nd mile business. I started wondering if perhaps this was the new frontier. A realm in which American Christianity had yet to explore. What if we went the first mile, which is usually all that is expected, then went another to demonstrate that we carry a love that is far greater and very much different than any other love any person has experienced, and then remained in that second mile? Isn’t it in the 2nd mile where we really start to give and sacrifice? Where we begin to “lose our life” and really start to discover that abundant life Jesus talked about? I think we have yet to discover answers to these questions. In my experience, there aren’t many people living in the 2nd mile.

That’s what this song touches on – it’s an anthem for those of us who know there must be something more. Something beyond ourselves. It’s for those of us who want more of Jesus and less of ourselves. It’s a song that asks “What if we…

Life Begins
by Ben Chilcote

We’re headed for the Kingdom
We’ve only just begun
Our bags packed for the journey
We carry only love
We found the path that’s narrow
Open up the door
Our feet prepared for walking
Our hands prepared for war
Don’t look back

Life begins in the second mile
Will we dare to step across the line
If it is where He leads us
Love begins in the second mile
Will we dare to leave it all behind
So we can walk like Jesus

We claim to be in Him
Put your best foot forward and begin!

We will look for Jesus
When we serve the least of these
We’ll kill the world with kindness
And fight our battles on our knees
To love those in our circle
Closer to the cross
We need Your heart for mercy
And Your burden for the lost
Don’t look back

Life begins in the second mile
Will we dare to step across the line
If it is where He leads us
Love begins in the second mile
Will we dare to leave it all behind
So we can walk like Jesus

We claim to be in Him
Put your best foot forward and begin!

We’re bringing down the kingdom
We’ve only just begun
Armed with hearts for justice
We carry only love
We found the path that’s narrow
We know there’s something more
Our feet prepared for walking
Our hands prepared for war
Don’t look back

Life begins in the second mile
Will we dare to step across the line
If it is where He leads us
Love kicks in the second mile
Will we dare to leave it all behind
So we can walk like Jesus

Leave it all behind
Dare to cross the line
Trust that we will find
A life in the second mile

Leave it all behind
Dare to cross the line
Trust that we will find
A life in the second mile

Songs from the Office graphicI’m pleased to give you my first original song since my niche original, “In Good Hands”. This week’s SFTO episode describes what some of us go through when we are faced with an opportunity to give of ourselves to help someone else.

This song made its debut at our church’s Leadership Community Gathering as part of a new church vision launch. Due to God’s working things together, the song both reflects things I’ve been thinking about in the past half year (which is also reflected on this blog) and what God has been revealing to the leadership of our church. Thanks to the LCG, I had a deadline to finish the song.

Inspiration for the lyrics came from many different places. I think most of us have been in the situation where we are helping someone out but reach the threshold where we decide the sacrifice is too much and we walk away.  Giving is easy when it’s convenient for the giver.  Perhaps we have been on the other side where we are really carrying something heavy and all we want is for someone to notice and ask if we need any help. That’s what the song is about. Except the song has a different ending than what we tend to experience.

We Will Walk Another Mile
by Ben Chilcote

I know that you carry more than you show
Maybe you need a friend that you can trust to share the load
I look around
Here I am
Feet to walk
Empty hands

There is a love that finds the lonely
Takes her hand and guides her through
My feet they want to walk away
Should I walk another mile with you?
Should I walk another mile with you?

From this point on, I may invest with no return
Loss or not I’m afraid if I go it will confirm
What you resolved long ago
That in this life – you’re on your own

There is a love that finds the broken
Binds him up and makes him new
This love won’t let me walk away
So I’ll walk another mile with you

I’ll walk another mile with you
But just how long is the road?
Only God knows
It’s much to long to walk alone

This just may be a moment God Himself prepared
I just may be an answer to a mother’s prayer

There is a love that finds helpless
And does for them what they can’t do
There is a love that dies to live
And dies to give no matter what there is to lose

There is a love that finds the needy
You need me and I need you
Please don’t let me walk away
So I can walk another mile with you
We will walk another mile

Today our daughter is turning 6 years old.  She’s our oldest and the circumstances of how we adopted her is a wonderful story.  I thought I’d use this special day to share with you my first original Song from the Office episode.  The song already has it’s own page on this blog so I won’t tell you about the song – you can read about it for yourself.  I will say, however, when I wrote it, I did have all our children in mind – not just our youngest (who, by the way, is on the album cover).  Looking at the song through the lens of an adoption certainly gives a different spin to the lyrics.  After seeing Mom’s birthday video gift, our daughter really wanted me to make her one.  That is in the works, but for now, I am very happy to share with you a song that has brought me much joy to create and sing.

Since it’s release on the world wide web back in November, In Good Hands has made it’s way to the ears of people all over.  I’ve had requests for the chords so people could sing it in their churches – usually for a relative who is being dedicated or baptized.  I am truly humbled that this song has blessed so many already.