“People are saying it’s the greatest song ever written or that they’ve heard,” he says by way of introduction. “A lot of people are saying it. I’m not — it’s they who are saying it.”
Newman originally dropped the tune at the beginning of April, a simple song featuring his signature piano and croon. “Venus in sweatpants/That’s who you are,” he sings. “And when this mess is over/I’ll buy you a car. … Stay away from me/baby, keep your distance, please/stay away from me/words of love in times like these.”
Perhaps best known for his sweetest hits — like “You’re Got a Friend in Me” from 1995’s Toy Story and 2019’s “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4 — Newman is no stranger to social commentary. In 1972 he dropped a tongue-in-cheek nuclear war anthem, “Political Science,” and the revamped 2017 version of “It’s a Jungle Out There” deals with Big Brother-esque surveillance. And that’s only a small sampling.
“Everybody stay safe,” he says after his late-night performance. “It sounds simple and it is. Stay away, wash your hands, don’t touch your face. Don’t touch mine, either.”
We second that. Protect Randy Newman at all costs.