The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy

Album: Toy Story 4 soundtrack (2019)
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  • Chris Stapleton performs this country rambler for the soundtrack of the Toy Story 4 movie. He sings it over the closing credits.
  • Randy Newman's heartfelt yet childlike lyrics are from the perspective of Woody, the animated Toy Story cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks.

    You can't be happy when you're all by yourself
    Go on, tell me I'm wrong
    When someone takes you down from the shelf and plays with you some
    It's wonderful
    I was a lonesome cowboy
    But not anymore

    Newman explained: "Woody feels like he was a lonesome cowboy until someone comes along and changes his world."
  • Newman was involved with all three previous Toy Story movies, including the classic song "You've Got A Friend In Me." He also contributed another new tune to the Toy Story 4 soundtrack: "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away."
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