Common Ground

Common-LacingCheryl drove each morning with her sister from the farm in Hillsboro to Middletown, during which time, they were able to reconnect. Their mother’s sad situation provided an opportunity for everyone to discover some “middle ground” in their relationships. It was a sweet, unexpected experience—life changing in many ways.



Saturday afternoon
Ninety minutes, give or take
Over country roads
Arriving where they wait for us

We’ll have time enough to talk
Catch up on each other’s lives
As we wind our way
On the ride from Millstone Farm to Middletown

Over hills, taking curves in between rolling fields
Suddenly there’s a detour we didn’t expect to find

Hope it won’t be too late
If we go the back way
On the road to Middletown

In the middle of nowhere
Thought by now we’d be there
Somewhere close to Middletown

After some twists and turns
Familiar landmarks come into view
An almost hidden sign
Directs us onto “Old 122”

Finally, we arrive to find them waiting
The intense summer sun is fading
Casting shadows over Middletown

We renewed common ground
On the road to Middletown


From Moment of Truth, track released March 1, 2009
Cheryl Martlage – Lyrics, vocals and production
Emerson Martlage – Music, guitar, vocals and production
Mr Toad’s San Francisco – Mastering
Inspiration – Jennifer Housh