Standing Still

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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What a contradiction! Feeling like things are always changing and in motion, yet, in some ways, not really changing at all—as if we were still the same idealists from our youth, only with a different look about us. Everything changes yet nothing changes. How strange.

The song is about the resolve we must have, to stand our ground against the winds of change all around us, yet also flow along with the graceful currents that move us along.

As Elton John so simply put it, "I'm still standing."


Standing still, against the wind

Somehow taking and then remaking
What comes to me
That’s just the way I do things
Guess I always will
Yet it looks as if I am

Standing still, yet again

Acting as though I am who I was
Like I’ve always been
No matter what you think
Or how it may appear
You can be sure that I am standing still

Whether there are days my heart is dancing
Times when I cannot be brought back down to earth
Not for a minute
Glad to say that I’m still in it

Or even when my heart is broken
Times so tough that I can hardly catch my breath
When nothing seems clear
Have to admit that I’m still in here
Glad to say that I’m still in it

Standing still, always will

Feeling as though I am becoming
Who I am to be
In spite of or maybe because
Whatever comes my way
Ceaselessly moving, I am standing still

Once again

Though my heart is dancing
Or broken
I am standing still


from Layers, track released June 17, 2011
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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