Teddy Bear's Call

I was on the outskirts of a little Southern town,
Trying to reach my destination before the sun went down.
The old CB was blaring away on channel 1-9,
When there came a little boy's voice on the radio line.
And he said, "Breaker 1-9, is anyone there?
Come on back, truckers, and talk to Teddy Bear."

Well I keyed the mike and said, "You got it, Teddy Bear."
The little boy's voice came back on the air,
"Preciate the break. Who we got on the that end?"
I told him my handle and then he began.
"Now I'm not supposed to bother you fellas out there.
Mom say's you're busy and for me to stay off the air."
But you see, I get lonely and it helps to talk
'Cause that's about all I can do-I'm crippled and I can't walk."

I came back and told him to fire up that mike,
I'd talk to him as long as he'd like.

"This was my dad's radio," the little boy said,
"But I guess it's mine and Mom's now 'cause my daddy's dead.
Dad had a wreck about a month ago.
He was trying to get home in a blinding snow.
Mom has to work now to make ends meet.
I'm not much help with my two crippled feet.
She says not to worry that we'll make it all right.
But I hear her crying sometimes late at night.
Ya know, there's one thing I want more than anything else to see.
Ah I know you guys are too busy to bother with me.
But, ya see, my dad used to take me for rides when he was home.
But I guess that's all over now since my daddy's gone.

Not one breaker came in on the old CB
As that little crippled boy talked with me.
I tried hard to swallow the lump; it wouldn't stay down
As I thought about my boy back in Greenville Town.

"Dad was going to take Mom and me with him later on this year.
I remember him saying, 'Someday this ol' truck will be yours, Teddy Bear.'
But I know I will never get to ride in an 18-wheeler again.
But this old base will keep me in touch with all my trucker friends.
Teddy Bear's going to back on out now and leave you alone
'Cause it's about time for Mom to come home.
But you give me a shout when you're passing through
And I'll be sure be happy to come back to you."

Well I came back and I said, "before you 10-10,
What's your home 20, little CB friend?"
Well he gave me his home address and I didn't once hesitate
one second 'cause this hot load of freight
Was just gonna have to wait.
I turned that truck around on a dime
And headed straight for Jackson Street 229.
As I rounded the corner, Oh I got one heck of a shock:
18-wheelers were lined up for three city blocks.
I guess every driver from miles around had caught Teddy Bear's call,
And that little crippled boy was having a ball.
For as fast as one driver would carry him in,
Another would carry him to his truck and they'd take off again.

Well you better believe I took my turn at riding Teddy Bear.
And then I carried him back in and put him down in his chair.
And buddy, if I never live to see happiness again,
I want you to know I saw it that day in the face of that little man.
We took up a collection for him before his momma came home.
Each driver said goodbye and then they were all gone.
He shook my hand with a mile-long grin
And he said, "So long trucker; I'll catch you again."

I hit that interstate with tears in my eyes.
I turned on my radio and I got another surprise.
"Breaker 1-9," came a voice on the air,
"Just one word of thanks from Momma Teddy Bear.
We wish each and every one a special prayer for you
'Cause you just made my little boy's dream come true.
I'll sign off now before I start to cry.
May God ride with you; 10-4 and goodbye."

Written by Dale Royal, Tommy Hill,
(Recorded By Red Sovine), and J William Denny



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