Flat Tire On Memory Lane

by Gary Allison Furr & Mark Weldon

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Coming Through Gary Allison Furr April 6, 2020 Turnaround intro Em /// /// G /// /// Em /// /// D /// /// Em /// /// C /// /// Em /// /// A/// /// VERSE 1 Em /// /// G /// /// Em /// /// D /// /// Em /// /// C /// /// Em /// /// A/// /// Long black train full of hobos coming from a distant town They get off here and beg for help with their heads hung down C / / / / G / / / / Am / / / / / / / / Angel on fire with a chainsaw breaking in the nursing home C / / / / G / / / / Fmaj7 / / / / / / / / (ring) Doctor never saw him go by, she was talking on the phone (rest) But he was coming on through. Nothing she could do Turnaround VERSE 2 Em /// /// G /// /// Em /// /// D /// /// Em /// /// C /// /// Em /// /// A/// /// Heavy breathing and tea leaves cleaving to the refugees Bulletproof babies in chain link cages look out at me. C / / / / G / / / / Am / / / / / / / / Watch the screen while leaning towers come crashing down C / / / / G / / / / Fmaj7 / / / / / / / / (ring) Pale horse rider gallops past the biggest house in town. (rest) turnaround Just coming through, no matter what we do. VERSE 3 Em /// /// G /// /// Em /// /// D /// /// Em /// /// C /// /// Em /// /// A/// /// Rotten smell from people not well in the air outside Old people choking and young people smoking and they turn a blind eye. C / / / / G / / / / Am / / / / / / / / The Emperor’s clothes burned up in the dumpster fire C / / / / G / / / / Fmaj7 / / / / / / / / (ring) Smoke is rising and the sirens racing to the funeral pyre (rest) turnaround Watch out, they’re coming through! No matter what we do. Break verse Bridge Bm Cmaj7 Fmaj7 Everybody wants to know the reason why Am Em B6/9/F# Pointing at each another, looking at the sky Em G Em D Em C Em A Still coming through. VERSE 4 Em /// /// G /// /// Em /// /// D /// /// Em /// /// C /// /// Em /// /// A/// /// Preacher down in Texas says the Judgement day is coming on The wrath is coming he said from his hundred million dollar throne C / / / / G / / / / Am / / / / / / / / He’s got the Good Book rolled up in his hand C / / / / G / / / / Fmaj7 / / / / / / / / (ring) But he’s the royal jester, he don’t understand (rest) turnaround What’s really coming through, no matter what they do. Break verse VERSE 5 Em /// /// G /// /// Em /// /// D /// /// Em /// /// C /// /// Em /// /// A/// /// I saw a dimly burning wick that somehow doesn’t die A hero in the slaughterhouse who somehow stays alive C / / / / G / / / / Am / / / / / / / / Rises from the shadows that still linger here, C / / / / G / / / / Fmaj7 / / / / / / / / (ring) A beam of light pierces through the deepest fear, (rest) Em G Em D Em C Em A 2x turnaround And it’s coming through. No matter what I do. It’s coming through for me and you. Ending Em / / / / A / / / / C / / / / Em / / / / Em / / / / A / / / / C / / / / Em / / / / Em / / / / A / / / / C / / / / Em / / / / Em / / / / A / / / / C / / / / Em / / / / Em G Em D Em C Em A Em G Em D Em C Em A tacet Em
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Stuck in the Mud key of D Gary Furr Stuck in the mud while the Western sun beat down on the fields We ran for help down a dirt road with four dogs at our heels But It’s so good (good, good) to be alive Feels so fine (fine, fine) to have arrived I’m so glad to see your face in a smile. Lost in the desert nobody sure just where to go The sun is sinking and our fuel supply is running low But It’s so good (good, good) to be alive Feels so fine (fine, fine) to have arrived I’m so glad to see your face in a smile. Tangled in sagebrush, trying hard to get it done Fell down a big hole so far I couldn’t see the sun But It’s so good (good, good) to be alive Feels so fine (fine, fine) to have arrived I’m so glad to see your face in a smile. Stuck in the house, quarantined without an end in sight There’s no escaping each other, we’d better get this right. and it’s so good (good, good) to be alive Feels so fine (fine, fine) to have arrived I’m so glad to see your face in a smile.
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Nothing Between Us Mark Weldon I know that there is more to know about you, But I’m stuck down here in a world where nothing’s new. I’m too numb to feel, Too blind to see, Too late to run back to You. If there’s a city on a hill, where’s the light? If there’s prodigal return, where’s the road? I can’t seem to strip away all that I have made That insures that there is nothing between us. Take it away, strip it away, Take it all, until I fall on my knees. I used to think I had all the answers, And I worshiped with my lips and not my heart. I never realized I had spent my life Building all that lies between us. If there’s a city on a hill, where’s the light? If there’s prodigal return, where’s the road? If there’s a way to strip away all that I have made That insures that there is nothing between us. Take it away, strip it away, Take it all, until I fall on my knees. Mark Weldon, guitar, keyboard, vocals Smitty Weldon-cajon Brent Warren-electric guitar Gary Allison Furr-bass, electric guitar
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If I Only had One Gary Allison Furr October 11, 2018 revised Novber 28, 2018 If I only had one more prayer to pray, I’d save that prayer for you I’d quit asking God to show me what I already know to do If I only had one more second chance I wouldn’t hesitate I’d find the woman whose heart I broke and hope that it’s not too late. CHORUS: If I only had one it would clear up all my confusion If I only had one I could see through my delusions If I only had one last road not taken, I’d take that road and run If I only had one If I only had a few words left to say, wouldn’t waste ‘em on hate and lies. I’d offer up a blessing to light up my granddaughter’s eyes. When I picked up my last paycheck I wouldn’t waste it on things I don’t need. I’d my debts and give all the rest on something to live after me. CHORUS: If I only had one it would clear up all my confusion If I only had one I could see through my delusions If I only had one last road not taken, I’d take that road and run If I only had one If I only had one last day to live, I’d spend it with people I love. I’d share all the feelings in my heart until each one had had enough. When they ask if I have any last requests I’ll send for my enemy. I’ll offer him forgiveness and ask the same for me. CHORUS: If I only had one it would clear up all my confusion If I only had one I could see through my delusions If I only had one last road not taken, I’d take that road and run If I Only had one Gary Allison Furr-vocals, guitar, bass Mark Weldon-violin, viola Robert Angus-banjo Don Wendorf-drums
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Doors of the Heart M. Weldon I see glimpses of heroics Silent fanfares resonate deep inside me You bear witness to your courage, Carpe Diem is your battle cry I hear children’s happy voices, As I pass the playground heading home May their delight in playing together never sink, never die Refrain: Throw wide the doors, Throw wide the doors, Throw wide, wide the doors of my heart Old and weathered children of God, Going to and fro on chairs with wheels Never mind their trail of vict’ries, Their wisdom remains untold Refrain: Throw wide the doors, Throw wide the doors, Throw wide, wide the doors of my heart I can’t see you but I know you’re there Your quiet life wrapped tight in a cocoon Shout out your name, send up the flares So we can find you, and love you again Refrain: Throw wide the doors, Throw wide the doors, Throw wide, wide the doors of my heart
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Some Things Don’t Need Saying Gary Furr (guitar capo 2 play in C) Some things don’t need saying I can see it on your face A knowing glance across the room We connect without a trace Chorus Some joys don’t need shouting Some smiles are never on display Some messages delivered without a big parade You’re sitting in the nighttime You tell me that you just can’t sleep But troubled thoughts are your companions You pray the Lord your soul to keep Some prayers don’t need prayin’ Your face just says it all in tears You call to heaven with a sigh But I’m just full of fear. Bridge: It’s always been our way To let each other be But something you’re ashamed to say Is terrifying me I’m wondering in the silence About your heart tonight You’re looking down while I’m talkin’ your lips are drawn and tight. Some things don’t need sayin’ But then again, some things do. This secret is a prison Keeping me from you. Maybe I can’t take it, But then again, maybe I can Come over here and tell me, We’ll (Let’s) see what love can stand
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From Here to Okay Gary Allison Furr 1. I was telling my favorite story when I heard a knocking sound It was my neighbor. He said, "You'd best sit down" I never finished that story. I'll never tell it again.` The clock on the wall said 7:10. 2. I’m lost and so angry. She’s just sad all the time, The shadows go with us everywhere. Now and then for a while we still act like we used to, But we still can’t move that empty chair. CHORUS: It’ll be a long time before we put it behind us Please, just sit with me. There’s nothing to say. Walk with me a while in the valley of grey It’s a long way from here to okay So thank you so kindly for asking about us And for the fine food that you brought But please take with you the reassuring words you offered, It’s not easy answers I’ve sought Some cope with a bottle, and others with a pill, Some sit in a circle and pray for God’s will, But nothing on earth fills the hole left inside By a love that was once so alive. CHORUS: It’ll be a long time before we put it behind us Please, just sit with me. There’s nothing to say. Walk with me a while in the valley of grey It’s a long way from here to okay Gary Allison Furr-vocals, guitar, bass, electric guitar Mark Weldon—violin Paul Harmon—electric guitar, percussion, bass, drums
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Cold Hard Cash in Your Pocket Gary Furr, copyright 2005 He promised her, but he never said when he promised her, but he never said when he had no friends, worked night and day, He never saw her drive away. He promised her, but he never said when Chorus: And somewhere in the midst of it Is where it comes apart That’s cold, hard cash in your pocket And a hole in the middle of your heart You’re damned if you don’t and you’re damned if you do You’re damned if you don’t and you’re damned if you do She loved him for the life they made She left him because of the price he paid. You’re damned if you don’t and you’re damned if you do Chorus Instrumental break Chorus He promised her, but he never said when He promised her, but he never said when He promised her, but he never said when
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The Rememberer Gary Allison Furr, April 15, 2019 To a man in a hurry, she’s an old lady driver a Lincoln Town car getting in his way. Strangers look right through her In the rush to be somebody, Assume she doesn’t have much to say/ But she’s the best friend of her Ladies class She writes them cards when they’re sick and remembers each of them in prayer She keeps up with birthdays anniversaries and losses, When a listening ear is needed, she is there, CHORUS: She’s the rememberer Their stories and treasures she keeps, Deep in her heart and her prayers When she lies down to sleep When she was a young girl, a young man paid attention and saw the future in her deep blue eyes. She raised babies safe from fear Made decent people of them And gave them confidence to try. She set the dinner table as long as she was able Went to graduations and ballgames She kept all their memories in scrapbooks that she labeled carefully with every person’s name. CHORUS: She’s the rememberer Their stories and treasures she keeps, Deep in her heart and her prayers When she lies down to sleep Now the people that she prayed for and the family that she lived for have come back home to say farewell They’ve forgotten names and faces And unimportant places but not the stories they came to retell. Her heartrate is slowing, they all know the time is close, But she smiles when she opens her eyes Now it’s their turn to remember And from this time forever They’ll tell the stories they all memorized CHORUS: Now they’re the rememberers Her stories and treasures they keep, Deep in their hearts and their prayers When she lies down to sleep
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Let Me See You Smile M. Weldon March 2019 Intro: Uptempo Blues E7 E7 A7 I’m up you’re down I missed your call again my friend E7 Am G E7 I’m lost you’re found We’re in that chain gang again Instrumental E7/A7/E7/ Am/G/E7 E7 A7 I saw you swim to the other shore I waved hello from the other side E7 Am G E7 Are you ready to explore A new road and a smooth ride Instrumental E7/A7/E7/ Am/G/E7 Refrain: A7 E7 Who can say what’s wrong Who will say what’s right F#m7 G#m7 A B7 Just let me see you smile again Instrumental E7/A7/E7/ Am/G/E7 Refrain: A7 Who can say what’s wrong E7 Who will say what’s right F#m7 G#m7 A B7 Just let me see you smile again E7 A7 We’re on our way to the finish line Take nothing with you to slow you down E7 Living in freedom I know you’ll find Am G E7 The love you need is all around Am G E7 The love you need is all around Am G E7 The love you need won’t stay around
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Every Time I Think of You Gary Allison Furr (for all who every prayed for me) I tried to fly above the angels With nothing but self-centeredness But I only found the way to heaven From wandering in the wilderness I took this road a long time ago without knowing where it went when I thought I’d lost my way, I felt the prayers you sent CHORUS: I thank God when I think of you You are a gift to me Of faithfulness and hope and love and generosity For all my sins and weaknesses I now feel gratitude Without them I might never have known How much I needed you. CHORUS: I thank God when I think of you You are a gift to me Of faithfulness and hope and love and generosity When fear and anger silence truth, and mercy is ridiculed as weak, I remember you still pray for me And I find my voice and speak. CHORUS: I thank God when I think of you You are a gift to me Of faithfulness and hope and love and generosity I thank God when I think of you You are a gift to me
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released January 28, 2021

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Gary Allison Furr Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Gary Allison Furr has been playing, writing and singing music his whole life. A veteran of lots of bands of the years, he performed with Shades Mountain Air, a Birmingham acoustic-bluegrass band for twenty years .

He has played as both solo artist and with the band at a variety of venues, including colleges and universities, conferences, churches, coffee houses and festivals.
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