September 15

Once Upon a Time, George Jones Sang a Disney Song

Disney is not just a remarkable company trying to bring out the kids inside us or to make us cry like the little brat versions of ourselves, it’s also a company that knows how to generate more cash and appeal even to its unlikely audience. In 1996, Disney tapped the biggest country artists of that era and that includes a country legend, George Jones along with others such as Tanya Tucker, Alison Krauss, Collin Raye and Faith Hill.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Toy Story

It seemed like a work of destiny when George Jones landed to sing ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me,’ a song that is written for a Disney/Pixar movie, Toy Story. We definitely picture George Jones as Woody, the cowboy toy who schooled everyone how genuine friendship works.

The song was written by Randy Newman in the first film of three franchises of Toy Story. It was nominated for two award-giving bodies for the Best Original Song category, one for the Academy Awards and another Golden Globes but ultimately lost both categories to Disney’s Pocahontas.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me, George Jones

There’s no much story as to how George Jones was assigned to sing this timeless song that plays every time Toy Story film opens. It was actually a duet with Kathy Mattea, another great country songstress that complimented George Jones voice.

The ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ singer definitely gave enough justice to countrify the said song by using his Southern twang together with the ruggedness of his tone.

What can we say? George Jones definitely owned this song with Kathy Mattea!

Listen to their version below:


You’ve Got a Friend in Me

You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you’re miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you’ve got a friend in me
Yeah, you’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got troubles, and I’ve got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me

Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am


George Jones, Kathy Mattea, you've got a friend in me

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