Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy chest are back for another adventure in the beloved Disney and Pixar animated film, Toy Story 4. On Wednesday (June 5), the franchise unveiled a new song off the film’s soundtrack, “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” performed by country superstar Chris Stapleton.
Written from Woody’s perspective, the tune details the sadness our favorite cowboy felt until his friends and someone special changed his life. “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,” Stapleton sings in the catchy melody.
“To me what has made the Toy Story films hold up over time has been the strength of the stories and the songs and the writing and the characters,” the country singer said of the tune. “There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in the world that is Toy Story. It’s a tremendous honor to get to sing a Randy Newman song in what is without question one of the most iconic animated franchises in history.”
The soundtrack album, which reunites the Toy Story franchise with iconic composer and songwriter Randy Newman, features another new song, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” in addition to “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy.” Both the film and the soundtrack will be available everywhere on June 21.
Listen to “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” via a charming lyric video below.