The Sound of Goodbye

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Em was still having a great deal of trouble with depression. He'd apparently become resistant to his medication and was experiencing more mood swings over shorter and shorter periods of time. As a result, he was expressing a lot of negativity and wanted to stop all of our work. He even suggested that we abandon the dream.

Of course, Cheryl knew his moods and behaviors were all temporary, but they were nevertheless, the source of many lousy conversations. Cheryl called his pervasive mood, “The sound of good-bye." He wanted to quit everything. It even began to threaten not only the dream, but the relationship itself. Tough times!


No “Please come back, please don’t go”
There wasn’t any plea – not a single promise
The only thing that I heard was
The sound of goodbye

No taking back the words I said
Surely no one means what they say in anger
But piercing through all those words is
The sound of goodbye

Still I regret the things I said
Careless with fragile memories
If I could only have another chance
Then maybe we’d still be friends

I know there’ll be no second chance
Since you likely won’t trust me again

No late night calls, nothing to say
Since you don’t want to hear just how much I miss you
So when I’m all alone, sometimes I cry
The sound of goodbye



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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