Tinker Bell Almost Got Towed

by Ken Baake

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I saw a car get towed one day when I was riding my bike from home to the Texas Tech campus. I think it was a repo job. The owner's belongings were out on the curb. I blended these images with others from around town and in my imagination to come up with this song.

I know how tough it can be for an established adult making a regular salary to stay ahead of bill collectors. It's really hard for kids-- especially in our media frenzied society where they are led to believe they are entitled to expensive consumer goods, no questions asked.


Tinker Bell almost Got Towed
Silhouetted figure on a deep blue SUV.

Young girl at her momma’s
24 with a boy turned three.
Recovery tow truck driver and chains are there.

But not the child’s daddy,

More scared than he can care.

Jesus on the window with a passage from John 16.
Clothes spilling out
And a memento from a claw machine.
Tinker Bell figure, he won it on their first date.
A girl’s inspiration
But they’re towing her away.

Grandma’s out the door, runs and flags the driver down.
He lowers the chain
For a minute he can stick around.
She piles the clothes and mementos in a cardboard box
Tinker has a new home.
Crowded in the garage.

How do all our children
Get stuck in all these jams?
When for you and me it’s easy to go home.

D G f#m A
And how do all these devils get to play?

How do all our daughters
Get impaled on bad choices.
A G f#m D
When they’re just trying to make it through the day.

Grandma’s love, like Jesus, knows no bounds.
Makes room for second chances.
In a corner of her house.
Tinker Bell was rescued along with hope today.
Love for a family
They couldn’t tow that away.


released June 24, 2015
Ken, guitar, banjo, vocal
Engineer/Producer Amy DeVoge
Crossroads Recording Studio, Texas Tech

Tinker Bell image
Tinker Bell at Pixie Hollow, Disneyland.

Date 18 May 2012, 02:25:03
Source Flickr: Tinkerbell
Author mydisneyadventures


tags: folk Lubbock


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Ken Baake Lubbock, Texas

Ken was born in Baltimore in 1955. He grew up hearing everyone from Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles to the Beatles on the family hi-fi, with a usual Saturday encore of Wagner's operas. Ken has degrees in English and economics and a background in journalism. He is currently an associate professor of English at Texas Tech, teaching classes in rhetoric. ... more

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