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The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy is a song performed by Chris Stapleton for the 2019 Disney/Pixar animated film, Toy Story 4 which was released by Walt Disney Records on June 21, 2019 as a part of the film’s official soundtrack. Stapleton’s version is sung fairly quick after the mid-credits scenes are presented in the film.

Lyrics

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

Trivia

  • According to Josh Cooley in the audio commentary, the song was actually written for the opening of the film during the part where Andy plays with Woody before transitioning into the scene where a grown up Andy gives away all his toys to Bonnie. For the final version of the film, the song "You've Got a Friend in Me" was placed for the opening of the film, because "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" didn't fit perfectly for the film's opening.
    • Additionally, if "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" was played in final version of the opening, Toy Story 4 would have been the only film in the Toy Story franchise to not include "You've Got a Friend in Me".
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Music: Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3Toy Story 4The Legacy Collection: Toy Story
Video Games: Toy Story: The Video GameToy Story 2: The Video GameToy Story 3: The Video GameToy Story: Animated StoryBookToy Story: Activity CenterToy Story 2: Activity CenterToy Story RacerToy Story Mania!Toy Story Drop!Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Crossy RoadKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Getaway Blast
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Toy Story LandToy Story HotelAlien Swirling SaucersBuzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinThe Magic of Disney AnimationGarden of the Twelve FriendsGames of Pixar PierIt's a Small WorldJessie's Critter CarouselPixar Pal-A-RoundRC RacerSlinky Dog DashSlinky Dog Zigzag SpinToy Soldier Parachute DropToy Story Midway Mania!Woody's Round-UpWoody's Roundup Village

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney Songbook 2Disney's Showtime SpectacularFantasmic!Horseshoe RoundupMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”Mickey's Magical Music WorldOnce Upon a MousePixar Playtime PalsThe Golden MickeysToy Story: The Musical
Restaurants: Alien Pizza PlanetToy Box CafeToy Story Pizza Planet ArcadeWoody’s Lunch BoxPoultry PalaceRoundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant
Shops: Al's Toy BarnAndy's EngineAndy's Toy BoxBuzz's Star CommandLittle Green Men Store CommandSlinky Dog's Gift TrolleyToy Story Playland Boutique
Parades: Block Party BashDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Party ExpressDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
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Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade
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Halloween: The Nightmare Experiment
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Dreams! of ChristmasDisney Gifts of ChristmasDisney's White Holiday ParadeLa Parade de Noël DisneyMickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters
Toys: WoodyBuzz LightyearBo PeepBilly, Goat, and GruffSargeGreen Army MenBarrel of MonkeysHamm LennyLittle Green MenMr. Potato HeadRCRexMr. MikeSee 'n SaySlinky DogBabyfaceMutant ToysZurg BotsMrs. Potato HeadWheezyBullseyeJessieStinky PeteTour Guide BarbieBarbieUtility Belt BuzzEmperor ZurgChatter TelephoneChunkBig BabyMonkeyJack-in-the-BoxLotsoTwitchKenBookwormSparksStretchMr. PricklepantsButtercupPeas-in-a-PodTotoroTrixieChucklesDollyFun Meal Buzz LightyearFun Meal Emperor ZurgDiscarded Fun Meal ToysCombat CarlAngel KittyThe ClericReptillus MaximusForkyDucky and BunnyGabby GabbyThe BensonsDuke CaboomGiggle McDimplesMelephant BrooksChairol BurnettBitey WhiteCarl ReinerocerosTinnyKaren BeverlyRib Tickles

Humans: Andy DavisMolly DavisMrs. DavisSid PhillipsHannah PhillipsAl McWhigginGeriEmilyBonnie AndersonMr. AndersonMrs. AndersonDaisyRonald TompkinsMasonHarmonyMargaretCarolMiss WendyAxel the CarnieRosieRejean
Animals: ScudBusterMr. JonesDragon the Cat
Deleted characters: ShakesSeñorita Cactus

Locations
Andy's HouseSid's HouseDinocoPizza PlanetAl's Toy BarnAl's PenthouseTri-County International AirportWild WestSunnyside DaycareButterfly RoomCaterpillar RoomKen's Dream HouseVending MachineBonnie's HouseTri-County SanitationTri-County LandfillIncineratorPoultry PalaceSleep WellSecond Chance AntiquesThe Carnival
Objects
A113Pixar BallPizza Planet TruckEggman Movers VanThe Claw
Songs
Films: You've Got a Friend in MeStrange ThingsI Will Go Sailing No MoreWoody's RoundupWhen She Loved MeWe Belong TogetherDream WeaverLe FreakThe Ballad of the Lonesome CowboyI Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away
Deleted: The FoolPlastic Spaceman
See Also
Black Friday reelToy Story (Original Treatment)Toy Story 2 (original storyline)Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box
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