Toby Keith was inspired to write a new song called “Don’t Let the Old Man In” after a chat with actor and director Clint Eastwood. Now the song is featured in Eastwood’s upcoming film, “The Mule,” in theaters Dec. 14.
According to a post on Instagram, Toby asked Clint what keeps him going and the 88-year-old said, “I get up every day and don’t let the old man in.” The song was born after that conversation.
While the song itself won’t be released until tomorrow, Toby is giving fans an early listen with the music video for the song. The nearly three-minute clip stars Eastwood and includes scenes from the forthcoming film “The Mule.” The song itself features slowed vocals from Toby alongside delicate strumming of an acoustic guitar.
“When he rides up on his horse / And you feel that cold bitter wind / Look out your window and smile / Don’t let the old man in,” Toby sings on the track.
“The Mule” stars Clint as an older man who finds himself as a drug courier, unbeknownst to him. The film is the first that he both stars in and directs since 2009’s “Gran Torino.”
“The Mule” will be available in U.S. theaters on Dec. 14. In another post on Instagram, Toby says “it’s a must see.”
In addition to having a song featured in Clint’s film, Toby recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” in Nashville. The hit song was featured on his self-titled debut album, which included future hits “A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action,” “He Ain’t Worth Missing” and “Wish I Didn’t Know Now.”