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Get up in the morning at a quarter to four,
Try not to make much noise as you go through the door;
Jump in the boat, you can hear the gulls roar,
At the start of a brand new day.
Fire up the engine, you're ready to go,
Head out the harbour, you don't want to be slow;
What's out there today? Well, you never know,
Just hope that it turns out okay.

But it's empty nets, 'cause that's what he gets,
When you're out on the water no time for regrets;
Those empty nets that's what he gets,
How's a poor fisherman to pay off his debts,
When he goes out each morning to haul empty nets?

You can blame it on the foreigners, blame it on feds,
You can cast all the blame on each other instead;
But when all's said and done, it's still something I dread,
To have Newfoundland give up the fishery.
What of our communities, will they just die?
Pack up your duds, give the mainland a try?
But I'm staying here till someone tells me why,
I should put up with this misery.

Of those empty nets, 'cause that's what he gets,
When you're out on the water no time for regrets;
Those empty nets that's what he gets,
How's a poor fisherman to pay off his debts,
When he goes out each morning to haul empty nets?

Here's to the plant worker, toils on shore,
And waits for the fishermen to catch a few more;
And then pack it up for the grocery store,
Till it ends up on somebody's table.
How can they feed multitudes with fishes so small?
How can they feed families with no fish at all?
Get down on your knees for a miracle call,
But we'll stick to it for as long as we're able.

Those empty nets, 'cause that's what he gets,
When you're out on the water no time for regrets;
Those empty nets that's what he gets,
How's a poor fisherman to pay off his debts,
When he goes out each morning to haul empty nets?

Here's luck to the fisherman, he'll need it I know,
As he bobs on the ocean, God bless his poor soul;
May good fortune follow wherever he goes,
To keep him from debt load and danger.
And wherever you live, no matter which bay,
May bankers and loan boards not stand in your way;
May you bring home a boatload each single day,
And to poverty ever be a stranger.

No more empty nets, 'cause that's what he gets,
When you're out on the water no time for regrets;
Those empty nets that's what he gets,
How's a poor fisherman to pay off his debts,
When he goes out each morning to haul empty nets?

Those empty nets, 'cause that's what he gets,
When you're out on the water no time for regrets;
Those empty nets that's what he gets,
How's a poor fisherman to pay off his debts,
When he goes out each morning to haul empty nets?

####.... Jim Payne. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Jim Payne (Empty Nets, trk#2, 1992, SingSong Inc, St John's, NL, produced by Jim Payne for SingSong, and recorded at Echo Recording Studio, St John's, NL).

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(Capo 3rd Fret) (Drop D Tuning) (Big E tuned to D)
Chord Shapes: [G/d] 020003 [Bm7] x20202 [Dsus4] x00233 [A7] x02020

Intro: [D] [G/d] [D] [Dsus4] [D] [A7] x2

Get [G/d] up in the [D] morning at a [A] quarter to [D] four,
Try not to make [G/d] much noise as you [D] go through the [A] door;
[G/d] Jump in the [D] boat, you can [A7] hear the gulls [D] roar,
at the [Bm7] start of a [Em] brand new [A] day. [A7]
[G/d] Fire up the [D] engine, you're [A] ready to [D] go,
Head out the [G/d] harbour, you don't [D] wanna be [A] slow;
What's [G/d] out there to- [D] day? Well [A7] you never [D] know,
Just [Bm7] hope that it [Em] turns out o- [A] kay. [A7]

Chorus 1:
But it's [G/d] empty [D] nets. [A] That's what he [D] gets,
When you're [Bm7] out on the [G/d] water no [D] time for re- [A] grets;
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets, [A] that's what he [D] gets,
How's a poor fisherman to [G/d] pay off his [D] debts,
When he goes out each [Bm7] morning to [A7] haul empty [D] nets?
(Intro x1)

You can [G/d] blame it on the [D] foreigners, [A] blame it on [D] feds,
Cast all the [G/d] blame on each [D] other in- [A] stead;
But [G/d] when all's [D] said and done it's [A7] something I [D] dread,,
To see [Bm7] Newfoundland [Em] give up the [A] fishery. [A7]
What [G/d] of our com- [D] munities, [A] will they just [D] die?
Pack up your [G/d] duds, give the [D] mainland a [A] try?
[G/d] But I'm staying [D] here till some- [A7] one tells me [D] why,
[Bm7] I should put [Em] up with this [A] misery. [A7]

Chorus 2:
Of those [G/d] empty [D] nets. 'Cause [A] that's what he [D] gets,
When you're [Bm7] out on the [G/d] water no [D] time for re- [A] grets;
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets, [A] that's what he [D] gets,
How's a poor fisherman to [G/d] pay off his [D] debts,
When he goes out each [Bm7] morning to [A7] haul empty [D] nets?
(Intro x1)

And [G/d] here's to the [D] plant worker, [A] toils on [D] shore,
Waits for the [G/d] fishermen to [D] catch a few [A] more;
And [G/d] then pack it [D] up for the [A7] grocery [D] store,
Till it [Bm7] ends up on [Em] somebody's [A] table. [A7]
How [G/d] can they feed [D] multitudes on [A] fishes so [D] small?
How can they feed [G/d] families on [D] no] fish at [A] all?
Get [G/d] down on your [D] knees, for a [A7] miracle [D] call,
We'll [Bm7] stick to it for as [Em] long as we're [A] able. [A7]

Chorus 3:
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets. 'Cause [A] that's what he [D] gets.
When you're [Bm7] out on the [G/d] water no [D] time for re- [A] grets.
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets, [A] that's what he [D] gets.
How's a poor fishermen to [G/d] pay off his [D] debts,
When he goes out each [Bm7] morning to [A7] haul empty [D] nets?
(Intro x1)

Here's [G/d] luck to the [D] fisherman, he'll [A] need it I [D] know,
As he bobs on the [G/d] ocean, God [D] bless his poor [A] soul;
May [G/d] good fortune [D] follow wher- [A7] ever he [D] goes,
And [Bm7] keep him from [Em] debt load and [A] danger. [A7]
And [G/d] wherever you [D] live, no [A] matter which [D] bay,
May bankers and [G/d] loan boards not [D] stand in your [A] way;
May you [G/d] bring home a [D] boatload [A7] each single [D] day,
And to [Bm7] poverty be [Em] ever a [A] stranger. [A7]

Chorus 4:
No more [G/d] empty [D] nets. 'Cause [A] that's what he [D] gets,
When you're [Bm7] out on the [G/d] water no [D] time for re- [A] grets;
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets, [A] that's what he [D] gets,
How's a poor fishermen to [G/d] pay off his [D] debts,
When he goes out each [Bm7] morning to [A7] haul empty [D] nets?
(Intro x2)

Chorus 5:
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets. [A] That's what he [D] gets,
When you're [Bm7] out on the [G/d] water no [D] time for re- [A] grets;
Those [G/d] empty [D] nets, [A] that's what he [D] gets,
How's a poor fishermen to [G/d] pay off his [D] debts,
When he goes out each [Bm7] morning to [A7] haul empty [D] nets?

Outro: Intro x1. End on D strummed slowly.

~ Chords and MIDI by Bob Dumais ~


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