Red Sovine - Teddy Bear

On July 17, 1976, the song would reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles, and it would remain three weeks in a row until August 6. It would also reach number one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists.

Song written by Billy Joe Burnette, Tommy Hill, Dale Royal & Red Sovine, the song was recorded by Red Sovine for the label Starday Records, with the production of Tommy Hill, was released in June 1976. On July 17, 1976, the song would reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles, and it would remain three weeks in a row until August 6. It would also reach number one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists. Teddy Bear would be the third and final number one of Sovine’s career.


Teddy bear, would be included on the album of the same name, Teddy Bear (Starday Records 1976), the album would also get to number one of the charts of top country albums.


The song, in fact, a recitation with an instrumental endorsement, which tells the story of a paraplegic child, who loses his father (trucker) in a road accident, and keeps a CB radio as a reminder of his father.

The boy uses the CB radio, to talk to the truckers, using the nickname of Teddy Bear, he asks someone to answer his call, finally a truck driver answers him, the boy tells him the story of his father who had died in an accident working with his truck, his father had promised to take him with his truck, but since he had died, he could not get on the truck anymore. The trucker who was listening, decided to change the route to go to find the boy and upload him to the truck, the surprise was that when we arrived there was a line of trucks waiting to do the same thing. The mother was grateful for the detail of the truckers and thanked them for the CB radio.

This was one of many truck-themed songs from Sovine, who earned the title “The King of Trucker Music.” And there was no better time to sing about trucking and CBs. Long before the advent of the Internet, people were fascinated with the two-way radio method of communication, and it became a nationwide craze in the ’70s.




Some versions :


Nev Nichols 1981 ( Telmak )

Ferlin Husky 1987 ( Pickwick )

Boxcar Willie 1994 ( Madacy )

Red Sovine – Teddy Bear Lyrics 


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 I said, “You got it, Teddy Bear”

And the little boy’s voice came back on the air


“Appreciate the break who we got on that end”

I told him my handle and then he began

“Though I’m not supposed to bother you fellows out there

Mom says 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

And I’d talk to him as long as he’d liked


“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

And I’m not much help with my two crippled feet

She says not to worry that we’ll make it alright

But I hear her crying sometimes late at night


You know there’s one thing I want more than anything else to see

Oh, I know you guys are too busy to bother with me

But you 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 on the old CB

As that little crippled boy talked with me

I tried hard to swallow a lump just wouldn’t stay down

As I thought about my boy back in Greenville town


Dad was gonna take mom and me with him later on this year

Why I remember him saying someday

This old truck will be yours, Teddy Bear

But I know now I’ll never get a ride on 18-wheeler again

But this old base’ll keep me in touch with all my trucker friends


Teddy Bear’s gonna back on out now and leave you alone

‘Cause it’s about time for mom to come home

But you give me shout when you’re passing through

And I’ll surely be happy to come back to you


Well, I came back and I said before you go 10-10

What’s your home 20, little CB friend

He gave me his address and I didn’t once hesitate

‘Cause this hot load of freight would just have to wait


I turned that truck around on a dime

And headed straight for Jackson Street 229

And as I rounded the corner, oh, I got one the heck of a shock

18-wheeler’s were lined up for three city blocks


Well I guess every driver for 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 take off again


Well, you better believe I took my turn at riding Teddy Bear

And then 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 mama got home

And each driver said goodbye and then they were all gone

He shook my hand with a mile long grin

And said, “So long trucker, I’ll catch you again”

Ah, I hit that interstate with tears in my eyes


I turned on the radio and I got another surprise

“Breaker 1-9”, came the voice on the air

“Just one word of thanks from mama, Teddy Bear

We wish each and everyone 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”

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