Nothing Much to Say

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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One morning in Italy, Cheryl said that we should write about “the gift of no words”—a break from the incessant chatter. Sometimes language actually gets in the way.

There is a sacred place where there is nothing much to say. Many of the really important things defy words, as we sit in silence soaking it in. Ahh, to be in awe and speechless.

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If I fell on clever words
I could tell you every little thing that I’ve been thinking
Maybe even change the way that you see me
That is, if I could only find the words

With some very clever words
I might weave a story that would draw you even deeper in
Then convince you that it was all your idea
Somehow, if I could only find the words

But, where do they go
Every time I open up my mouth to utter something
Embarrassed, left with nothing much to say
Again, I just can’t seem to find the words

Self-conscious, finding nothing much to say
Scanning my mind in search of tender words

So, where are those clever words
The special ones that take us to a happy ending
Sure to make you feel that I’m the only one
And you see me as I want to be
Until then, I’m left searching for words


from Masterpiece, track released February 1, 2010
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
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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