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At the time of writing this song, we were seriously re-evaluating our belief systems. Our traditional backgrounds offered less and less satisfaction as the years went by. We felt that religion, although inspired, was historically corrupted. Because it relied on man's interpretation, "facts" were lost, compromised, and even “made up.”

We embraced our new perspective, which opened up possibilities within our own partnership, imagining that we could invent anything we wanted. Much like our attached drawing of the wishing well, we decided to toss in a few coins to see what would happen. With courage and persistence, our dreams started to come true.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


Deep in the summer night
Shooting star falls to earth
Picked from a list of maybes
Wishes, dreams and starlight flicker and glow
We want to know
Where do they go

Candles on a satin cake
Eyes reflect dancing flames
Picked from a list of maybes
Wishes, dreams and candles flicker and glow
How can we know
Just where they go

Where are the wishes
Under consideration
Is there a warm waiting room
Before their destination

Room filled with light
Holiday candle, shining star, copper coin, mistletoe
Lucky kiss, rainbow’s end, silent prayer

Where do they go, all of those
Dreams and hopes
Seemingly lighter than air
Somehow just barely there
Are they just barely there

Or are they true and pure
Solidly down to earth
In fact, reality
From all we make believe
If only we make believe
Everything’s make believe

Moss-covered wishing well
Smooth coin is kissed and tossed
Picked from a list of maybes
Wishes, dreams and copper flicker and glow
We want to know
Faithful wishes go . . . on


from Swinging Statues, track released January 1, 2004
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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