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by Gary Allison Furr

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Wagon Wheels Broken wheel from a covered wagon Wooden spokes in the desert sand Buried with their bones and horses Far from home and the Promised land No marker for their graveside Nothing left for thieves to steal Only hopes and dreams they left us and pieces of a wagon wheel. CHORUS: Wagon wheels, wagon wheels Keep on rolling, rolling on One road ends and another opens Wagon wheels, keep rolling on Station wagon, dogs and children Worn out tires and a broken man Pull up to the Baptist churchyard Woman walks up with her hat in hand. Been two years of begging strangers Borrowed clothes and shelter meals They pray each day for new beginnings Keep moving on these wagon wheels CHORUS: Wagon wheel from a Radio Flyer In the woods where it had gone Came loose on a summer morning When a little girl wandered from her home Whole town came to find her Every day the search goes on They’ll keep going ‘til they find some answers to this wagon wheel lying all alone CHORUS:
Start at the Top and Work Your Way Down Gary Furr We were working construction in late July He’d finished sixth grade and a thousand fights Love was tattooed on his left hand Hate on the right, he was a balanced man One day he said, ‘Boy, here’s my advice If you want to get ahead in this old life Always remember what I’m ‘bout to say When you think you might have lost your way Chorus: Start at the top and work your way down, That’s the way we do it in this old town. You’re gonna mess up, so don’t mess around-- Start at the top and work your way down I walked across the platform, got my third degree The speaker said the world was just waiting for me. I climbed up the ladder, made it on my own ‘Til the lady on the news said the jobs were gone, Trillions of dollars vanished today Where they all went, no one can say. We’re just rightsizing, try to understand, What goes up has to come down again.” You got to Chorus: Lost my house with a pool and a view Country club dumped me when I missed my dues Called my broker to tell him what I’d need, He said I was broke, but he was broker than me, I’m sleeping in the Hotel Chevrolet I’m a fundraiser down by the interstate My buddy’s advice echoes in my mind So I wrote it with a marker on my cardboard sign, You got to Chorus: I’m telling you once and I’ll tell you again On the way up better make some friends A winning streak brings the crowds around They follow you up, but they let you down, So, son, I’m going to give you my best advice If you want to get ahead in this old life Always remember what I’m ‘bout to say When you think you might have lost your way, (you got to) Chorus:


released July 31, 2020


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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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