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How well we remember those seemingly endless cold, damp days in the Montebeni apartment. Once again, we were preoccupied with construction delays, and waited to finalize the project for the studio. This song came out of the persistent waiting over those first 4 years in Italy.

Eventually everything worked out. The fever finally broke and the sun did rise on another day, without fail. In the meantime, through sheer willpower, we worked hard to change our perspective, making our waiting tolerable. Ultimately we learned once again that there's always another day, and there's reliable sunshine even after many cold damp days and nights in Tuscany.

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When long days are over
Feeling lonely, broken, used and worn
I drag myself off to bed

Staring at the ceiling
Through the darkness at the edge of sleep
And yet I can’t seem to fall
I’d give anything if I could fall
That’s where another day begins

Worried, barely living day to day
Can’t get ahead or get a break
Sick and tired of facing reality
Just on the verge of something
Another day begins

Until now somehow I thought
Life is just too hard, so give in, don’t fight again
Yet knowing so very well
Only time will tell, my way might be okay

At the end of trying
When my eyes are dry and finally clear
I pull myself up from the bed

Standing at the mirror
Looking for a reason to believe
To take just one more chance
The darkest hour gives me one more chance
That’s where another day begins
Somehow another day begins

And then, another day begins


from Reason to Stay, track released January 1, 2005
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Tom Tomasello - Producer/Arranger
Jim Bruno - Vocal producer
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering


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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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