Hungry Again

by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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released August 1, 2013

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Cheryl and Emerson Martlage San Diego, California

At the age of 48, and after 25 years of marriage, we headed to a secluded town for 6 weeks, to create a new relationship and begin again.

When we arrived as if by magic, we co-wrote our first song ever— "Never Sleep," evoking the mystery and magic of the new adventure. Twenty years later, we're still making music. Join us on our musical storytelling as the adventure continues to unfold
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Track Name: Hungry Again
The taste of salt remains
On my lips, in my mouth
Yet my tears can't fill up
The empty places Inside of me
Maybe they soak up
What was there before they fell
So I find once more
That I'm hungry again

My cup was once half full
Then I noticed a break
Where the water leaked through
And slowly dripped out onto the floor
Till not even a single drop
Was left inside
So I see once more
That it's empty again

We're at the table
A feast for everyone
Old worries left by the door
Not a single one
Seemed to make it through
All were left outside
It was just my friends and I

Then to my dismay
Something made it through
Took away the mood
From my friends and me

The taste of salt returns
To my lips, in my mouth
Again and again I find
Those places Inside of me
Relentlessly begging to be satisfied
When I find once more
That I'm lonely again

Even though there's always enough
I'm empty again
Will there ever come a time
I'm not hungry again
Track Name: Little Things
One by one it’s the little things
That mean the most
Change your life
Break your heart
Make you cry
They add up
All those little things

Like a call just to say hello
Thinking of you
How things are
Do you want someone to listen
When’s the last time
You laughed until you cried

Little things make up each day
Tell who we are
Reveal, give us away
Those little things

Whether done on purpose or happenstance
Planned or out of the blue
Since one thing leads to another
It matters what we do
Keep an eye on all the little things

You know it can make a difference
Take care with what you do
Why not make each one a red-letter day

Day by day it’s the little things
That make a life
Change your mind
Fill your heart
Make you sigh
Aren’t we just
All those little things?

Like sometimes just dropping by
Quite unexpected
To surprise you
Tell you secrets
I’ve been keeping
When’s the last time
We talked the whole night through

Little things make up each day
Tell who we are
Reveal, give us away
Those little things
Tell who we are
Give us away
And lay us bare

Little things, little things, little things
Track Name: Caterpillar Blues
Caterpillar in grassy
So high that you can’t see his colory face
Nor his body of lace

Lazy la dee dum
Lady typical the sun to take
Beauty to make

Tis’ a blistering day
I’ve got the caterpillar blues

Lawsy me I do
Track Name: Timepieces
All alone in the tinker’s workshop
Counter scattered with cogs and gears
Watches built to track hours and minutes
But he cannot capture the years

Parts engage, one made for the other
Slide together, then whirl and spin
Morning breaks, finally he sets the hands
And so time begins

Then the hours take flight
While minutes race by
All the pieces and parts
Unique as they are
Work as though they are one
To make up our days

Then those days become years
And the years move to make up our lives
With their pieces and parts
Blending light into dark
Days blur dusk into night
Blurring dusk into night
Dusk into night

Once again in the tinker’s workshop
Endless cycle, yet ceaseless change
Cogs and gears pressed in clocks and watches
Until simply nothing remains

Parts engage, one made for the other
Slide together, then whirl and spin
Evening falls, so the cycle resumes
Set in motion again

Faster year after year
Waning time becomes dear
All our lives and their parts
Unique as they are
Fuse as though they are one
Living straight from the heart

Joys, yearning, and pain
We seem different, but we are the same
With our lows and our highs
Blending dark into light
Nights blur dawn into day
Blurring dawn into day
Dawn into day
Track Name: Retraced Steps
On a day, years ago
Though it sounds a little strange
Thought I'd go someplace that seemed to call my name
Somehow I knew my life would change

Somewhere only pilgrims go
To retrieve a bit of soul
They’ve sadly lost along the road
All the while they hold desperately to hope
To be whole, once again

Then one day, just weeks ago
Made my way another time
Retracing all the steps that used to call my name
Because I knew my life had changed

All the while completely trusting in the hope
To be whole, once again

Another day
Someplace will call my name
Once again
Track Name: Wrinkles
Every morning is just the same
Rumpled sheets where I have lain
Corners kicked out to let me move
Edges beg to be smooth
Where to begin, tell me
Where to begin

Pillows scattered around the floor
Worn clothes draped on every door
Blankets twisted into a heap
Where on earth did I sleep
Where to begin

To make my bed
Because it's such a mess
Then I'll work on all the clutter inside my head
Unruffle the wrinkles until my mind's made up

Erase some random thoughts
Sweep away the cobwebs
Then sort out bits of chaos
Putting order where it hasn't been
By tying up some loose ends
That have raveled free
I can straighten knots and tangles

So it's time for me to make my bed
After that I can clear my head
Clutter no longer strewn about
Edges finally smoothed out
Time to begin

To make my bed
Because it's such a mess
Then I'll work on all the chaos inside my head
Unruffle the wrinkles until my mind's made up
I have had enough of madness and the mess
I will not rest until my mind's made up
Track Name: Leave Behind
All the memories we take away
Share and relive
Yet who knows
How, why or when we will return
But in fact, the simple truth is that
All our stories are told
In what we leave behind
Waiting there

Why long for something that we don't have
When nothing is lost
Instead, why don't we just remember
Little things that we leave behind

Carefully, secretly
Hidden away
Calling quietly
While waiting patiently
For rediscovery day
Paving our way
Are pieces to be retrieved

Calling quietly
While waiting patiently
For rediscovery day
Paving our way
Are pieces to be retrieved
Waiting there

Beyond the memories we try to make
Times to be saved
Is the unspoken promise we make
To return, because the truth is that
All our stories are told
In what we leave behind

We must return
To retrieve what's waiting there

A moment of magic that captured
Then spirited our hearts away
Isn't that always what we leave behind
Track Name: Secret Passages
One day, by chance I saw the world within
Beyond a closing door
In that moment, though brief as it was
I saw something more
Somehow missed, unseen before

I saw a shadow cross an old garden bench
As the gates drew closed
Stole a peek of flowers russet and gold
Violet and rose
Brilliant, intensely white they glowed

Though always there, I was unaware
Of that secret, veiled passageway
Today fate revealed the passageway

Then suddenly I saw the world within
Never seen before
Since that moment of stealing a glance
I want even more than glimpses
Through a slightly open door

So much to see beyond those walls
Through gates of a secret
Veiled passageway
Track Name: Fires of Passion
If you were to ask me
Why the earth spins
One thing I have noted
From places I have been
This great world keeps turning
Because of just one thing
Fires of passion
All over the world

Whether love of beauty
Or loyalty to state
Constant search for spirit
Fuels the fire of faith
Why on earth do we keep
Reaching for the sky
Fires of passion
Are all over the world

Some lament injustice
Others burn with rage
There are peaceful warriors
Led by a sage

Writers create stories
Others mourn a loss
Singers break the silence
Sharing their viewpoints
While liberating all of their passion
Feelings spilling out
All over the world

And so now you ask me
Why the earth spins
This world will keep on turning
Forever to time’s end
Searing, scorching, blazing
A solitary thing
The fire of passion
All over the world

A smoldering passion
Burns within everyone

People blazing with passionate fire
All over the world
Track Name: Good Intentions
The road to hell
I’ve heard it said
Is on a bed
Of good intentions

Paved and strewn with things
You didn’t mean
Traces left scattered round
I wish I’d never seen
That other side of you
Harsh enough to break my heart in two
How can I return
To those days of who we were
Should I close my eyes

I can almost see who we used to be
When I close my eyes
But that’s not facing reality, so
I must open my eyes

You didn’t mean
What you did or said
I should just forget
Deny or even lie
So, good-bye