Oct  2013 01
If You Come Up Empty

If You Come Up Empty

Music & Lyrics: Dean Phelps ©2007 Dean Phelps, www.deanphelpsmusic.com.

All rights reserved. Used by permission. 

The Rev. Dr. Dean Phelps is Transitional Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma.


To hear an original performance of the song by the artist, accompanied by PTS student Joshua Bell, click here.  The song comes between a scripture reading and Dean's homily.

Intro:  C   F   Em      Am  Em  F

   C              F                  Em

I tried to be the one that you could talk to

Am              Em                F

Still you never told me what was weighing on your mind

C                                      G

Is the world outside the place you’ll find


Life you’re seeking?

Old enough to make your own decisions

Young enough to think you’ve got the world at your command

Things so seldom work out like we planned

In our young dreams


C       G/B     Em              Am      Em      F

If you come up empty, you won’t have to stand alone

         C        G/B    Em             Am     Em        F

There’s room here at the table; you can always come back home

I won’t keep you from the path you’ve chosen

The time to hold you passed as year by year I watched you grow

I always knew someday you’d have to go

Down your own road

(repeat chorus)

Am                 C/G                   F                G

As you leave don’t close the door, don’t close the door behind you

Am                    C/G                F               G

Please don’t draw the latch across your heart and turn away

Am               C/G             F

You will find if you return someday

              D/F#                    G  C

A love that’s waiting, a love that’s waiting

Instrumental bridge (same as intro):  C  F  Em      Am  Em  F

(repeat chorus then tag)

         C        G/B    Em             Am     Em        F           C

There’s room here at the table; you can always come back home

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