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"The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" is a song sung by Chris Stapleton. Another version of the song exist where Randy Newman sings a slightly different version.

Toy Story 4

Randy Newman's version of the song plays when the credits start.

Other Media

  • Before Toy Story 4's release Disney released a music video to the Chris Stapleton verison.

Lyrics

Christ Stapleton Verison

I was a lonesome cowboy
Lonesome as I could be
You came along, changed my life
And fixed what was broken in me

I was a lonesome cowboy
I didn't have a friend
Now I got friends comin' out of my ears
I'll never be lonesome again

You can't be happy when you're all by yourself
Go on, tell me I'm wrong (you're wrong)
When someone takes you down from the shelf
And plays with you some, it's wonderful (wonderful)

I was a lonesome cowboy
But not anymore
I just found out what love is about
I've never felt this way before
I was a lonesome cowboy
But not anymore

Randy Newman Version

I was a lonesome cowboy
Lonesome as I could be
An' he came along, changed my life
And fixed what was broken in me

I was a lonesome cowboy
Didn't have a friend
Now I got friends comin' out of my ears
I'll never be lonesome again

You can't be happy when you're all by yourself
Go on, tell me I'm wrong (you're wrong)
When someone takes you down from the shelf
And plays with you some, it's wonderful (wonderful)

I was a lonesome cowboy
But not anymore
I just found out what love is about
I've never felt this way before
I was a lonesome cowboy
But not anymore

Trivia

  • The song could possibly be about Woody's arc in Toy Story 4. Woody was lonesome and alone in Bonnie's closet, until Forky came and caused him to find Bo Peep again. Because of this, Woody's life was forever changed.
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