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"You've Got a Friend in Me" is a song written and first recorded by Randy Newman. Originally written as the theme song for the 1995 Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story, it has since become the theme song for its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010), making it the franchise's main theme. The song was nominated for both the 1996 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the 1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song but lost both to another Disney song, "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas.

Like many other Disney theme songs, "You've Got a Friend in Me" has been covered numerous times. Cover versions featured in the three Toy Story films include a duet with Newman and Lyle Lovett in Toy Story, a version by Robert Goulet and an instrumental by Tom Scott in Toy Story 2 (using pretty much the same style Robert Goulet used), an Italian-language version by Riccardo Cocciante, and a Spanish-language version by the Gipsy Kings in Toy Story 3.

As the name of the song implies, the song sings about how one can always rely on someone through even the roughest of times, thus, finding a friend in that someone. At first, it initially seems to be about Andy being that friend to Woody. However, as the film progresses, it becomes clear that Buzz is that friend instead.

Appearances

Toy Story

It is first heard as a solo in the opening credits of the first film as Andy plays with Woody and takes him downstairs. It is sung as a duo with Lyle Lovett in the end credits, and this version is used in Disney Sing-Along Songs: Topsy Turvy. The solo and the duet version are listed as Tracks 1 and 16, respectively on the Toy Story Soundtrack.

Toy Story 2

In the second film, a scene from Woody's Roundup features a Woody doll on the show singing this song on a guitar, and then a kid on the set hugs him. It is also sung by Wheezy (Robert Goulet) at the end of the film, and this version can be heard in its entirety during the end credits and listed as Track 3 on the Toy Story 2 Soundtrack. The soundtrack also features an instrumental version of the song, performed by Tom Scott (in the same style as Goulet's), listed as Track 20. Riders in the Sky has also performed a cover of this song on the album Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs, listed as Track 5, as well as their instrumental version, listed as Track 10 on the album.

Toy Story 3

In the third film, almost the whole original version of the song is heard during the scene of Mrs. Davis' old recordings of Andy playing with his toys. It is also a coincidence that the song stops right at the verse: "And as the years go by, our friendship will never die", and goes right to the scene with the toys in the toy box planning their mission to get Andy, who is now almost a legal adult, to play with them. Due to Buzz briefly being reset to Spanish mode in the film, it has a Spanish version of the song, "Hay Un Amigo En Mi", performed by the Gipsy Kings, listed as Track 2 on the Toy Story 3 Soundtrack. During the end credits of the film, Buzz and Jessie perform a paso doble to the song.

Attractions

The song has been featured in the Buzz Lightyear attractions found at all five Disneyland-style parks, and in Toy Story Midway Mania!, which is located at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disney's California Adventure in California.

Other

This song was included on the video, Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy. Because the songs on the tapes aren't supposed to include opening credits to their movie, most of the footage of Andy playing with Woody at the beginning is replaced with various clips of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. The song was also nominated for AFI's 100 years...100 songs, as one of 3 songs from Pixar and one of 17 songs from an animated movie to be nominated. The songs that eventually made the cut was: "When You Wish Upon A Star" (#7), "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19), "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (#36), "Wind Beneath My Wings" (#44), "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (#47) "Beauty and the Beast" (#62), and "Hakuna Matata" (#99).

It's also sang in the stage version of the film called Toy Story: The Musical. The first 8 lines serves as the first song in the musical and as the reprise and part one of the last song, along with the last verse of the said song and the reprise of the song "That's Why We're Here", before the bows.

Lyrics

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, we 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
Bigger and stronger too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you
The way I do, it's me and you, boy

And as the years go by
Our friendship will never die
You're gonna see it's our destiny
You've got a friend in me (x3)

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
Son, 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, we can see it through
'Cause you've got a friend in me (Yes, you do)
Yeah, you've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you
The way I do, just me and you, babe

And as the years go by
Our friendship will never die
You're gonna see it's our destiny
You've got a friend in me

You just remember what your old pal said
Son, you've got a friend in me

We stick together, we can see it through
'Cause you've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you
The way I do, just me and you, babe

And as the years go by (Years go by)
Our friendship will never die (Never die)
You're gonna see it's our destiny
You've got a friend in me (Yes, you do)
You've got a friend in me (That's the truth)
You've got a friend in me!
Yeah!

Hay un amigo en mí
Hay un amigo en mí
Cuando salgas a volar
Hay un amigo en mí
Sí, un amigo en mí
Hay un amigo en mí

Hay un amigo en mí
Hay un amigo en mí
Cuando salgas a volar
Hay un amigo en mí
Sí, un amigo en mí
Hay un amigo en mí

Hay muchos que pueden ser
Un poco más listos
Mas nunca habrá quien pueda ser
Un amigo fiel
Y tú lo sabes

Los años pasarán
Lo nuestro no morirá
Lo vas a ver
Mejor tener
Un buen amigo en mí
Hay un amigo en mí
Un buen amigo en mí
Hay un amigo en mí

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
Albanian
Arabic
Zé da Viola "Amigo, Estou Aqui" "Friend, I'm Here" Brazilian Portuguese
Валди Тотев (Valdi Totev) "Имаш приятел ти" (Imash Priyatel ti) Bulgarian
Michel Comeau "T'as Trouvé un Ami" "You Found a Friend" Canadian French
Cantonese
Tony Cruz "Hay un Amigo en Mí" "Got a Friend in Me" Castilian Spanish
Massimo Savić "Ja tvoj sam prijatelj" Croatian
Pavel Bobek "Máš ve mně přítele" Czech
Otto Brandenburg "Du er min bedste ven" Danish
Huub van der Lubbe "Ik Ben Jouw Beste Friend" "I'm Your Best Friend" Dutch
Pepe Ahlqvist Finnish
Arno Hintjens "Je Bent Een Vriend Van Mij" "I Got a Friend For Me" Flemish
Charlélie Couture "Je Suis Ton Ami" "I'm Your Friend" French
Klaus Lage "Du Hast'n Freund in Mir" "You Got a Friend in Me" German
Τζίμης Πανούσης & Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης "Εγώ κι εσύ μαζί" "You and I together" Greek
דני בסן (Danny Bassan) Hebrew
Hindi
Tamás Berki Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Riccardo Cocciante "Come Amico in Me" "Got a Friend in Me" Italian
ダイアモンド☆ユカイ (Diamond Yukai) Japanese
Korean
Ricardo Murguía "Yo Soy tu Amigo Fiel" "I'm Your Faithful Friend" Latin American Spanish
Judita Urnikytė "Turiu Geras Draugas" "I Have a Good Friend" Lithuanian
"Ku Kawanmu Sejati" "By Your True Friend" Malay
Mandarin

Other Singers

  • Carsten Loly - Norwegian
  • ??? - Persian
  • Stanislaw Sojka - Polish
  • Miguel Ângelo - Portuguese
  • Daniel Radu - Romanian
  • ??? - Russian
  • ??? - Serbian
  • Peter Lipa - Slovak
  • Mikael Roupé - Swedish
  • มาโนช ยิ้มแย้ม (Manot Yimyaem) - Thai
  • Fatih Erkoç - Turkish
  • Дмитро Гарбуз (Dmitry Garbuz) Ukrainian
    • "Я твій навіки друг" (Ya Tviy Naviky Druh)
    • "I'm Your Forever Friend"

Trivia

  • This is the only Toy Story song that has been in all three movies.
  • Even though Dutch and Flemish are essentially the same language, the way "You've Got a Friend in Me" has been translated into these languages is vastly different. The Flemish version ("Je bent een vriend van mij") is almost a literal translation, while the Dutch version ("Ik ben jouw beste vriend") changes some lyrics to make them fit the music a little better. Also, the Dutch singer, Huub van der Lubbe, sounds nothing like Randy Newman, while the Flemish singer, Arno Hintjens, resembles the original tone and voice a lot more.

Cover versions

  • George Jones covered the song for the 1996 tribute album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney.
  • Pixar posted two music videos to their official YouTube channel which consist of an "official" and a "hyper" remix of this song. (Both are by someone credited as "DJ Synd".)
  • More recently, Pixar posted a new remix of the song, based on the Robert Goulet version. This version was remixed by DJ Sam Spiegel, a.k.a. Squeak E. Clean.
  • Riders in the Sky performed a cover of this song on the album Woody's Roundup: A Rootin' Tootin' Collection of Woody's Favorite Songs. The album won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.
  • Randy Newman arranged the song (along with "Strange Things" and other themes from the films) for the Buzz Lightyear attractions (Like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters) at Disney parks. One of the places it can be heard is on The Official Album of the Disneyland Resort. In the rides, it can be heard in the exit queue.
  • Jennifer Hammond arranged this song and other themes from the films for the Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction (in a more carnival-style). It or another version of it can be heard at the official Toy Story website, under "Games" and "Toy Story Mania!".
  • Mannheim Steamroller covered the song on their 1999 album, Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse.
  • Voice Male an a cappella version of this song in their album At the Movies.
  • Similarly, Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix did their own a cappella version of this song for their album Put on a Happy Face.
  • Under Walt Disney Records, Steve Tyrell's Disney Standards album released February 28, 2006 includes You’ve Got a Friend in Me as a duet with Dr. John.
  • American rock band The Fray has also performed their own rendition of the song during the 2007 Disney Grad Nite event. They have also covered it at other live shows.
  • DZEC's program Tambalang OK, anchored by Onin Miranda and Ros Olgado, used this song as a background music.
  • Another Spanish version of the song, titled "Yo Soy Tu Amigo Fiel" (Spanish for "I am Your Faithful Friend") was covered by Aleks Syntek and Danna Paola.
  • The German version of the song is titled "Du hast 'nen Freund in mir". The title and the song itself is a fairly direct translation of the English original. Artists such as Klaus Lage have posted cover versions on the internet.
  • Kenny Loggins covered it on his 2009 album All Join In.
  • Donny Osmond covered it on his album This is the Moment.
  • Brian Wilson covered it on his album In the Key of Disney, which was released on October 25, 2011.
  • Daniel Furlong, the new youngest member of Celtic Thunder, covered it for their Voyage CD and DVD.
  • Michael Bublé covered it on his 2013 album, To Be Loved.
  • A slowed down Icelandic version of the song was used in anti-rape TV commercials proclaiming that 9 of every 10 victims personally knew their attacker.
  • The song was covered by Playhouse Disney mascots Ooh and Aah on the album Disney Music Block Party.

Chart performance

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 40
Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 119

Release history

Format Release date Catalog
Cassette April 12, 1996 #60367
CD
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