Empty Cup

Story Behind The Song

Written while at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2003.

Song Description

going to the well should be enough

Song Length 3:45 Genre Folk - Traditional, Folk - Religious
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Mixed Vocals
Mood Poignant, Disturbed Subject General, Spirituality
Similar Artists Kris Kristofferson, Peter, Paul & Mary Language English
Era 2000 and later



I went to the well with my empty cup.
I said to the woman, "Won't you please fill it up?"
The woman told me no, nothing more, nothing less.
I said to the woman, "I confess...

I don't understand why we disagree
And I can't comprehend how you refuse to see.
I need a drink of water, not a blessing, not a curse.
Charity is hard to bear, but piety is worse.

Now who dug this well that you're drinking from?
Would you turn away your brother should your brother come
to drink from the well and rest beneath the trees
that give you shade though you did not plant the seeds. "


Now that woman smiled at me thru some weak excuse.
She said, "This well may soon do dry, I must control the use,
but I bet you there's another well down the road a mile or two."
She was sorry for my empty cup. There was nothing she could do.


Words and Music by Greg Young, BMI
All Rights Reserved

Lyrics Greg Young Music Greg Young
Producer Greg Young and Doug Roysden Publisher Greg Young
Performance Greg Young, Ed Priest Jenni Jamison and Cole Bennett (back up vocal), Mark Pruitt (percussion)
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