Marcus Mumford Made the ‘Ted Lasso’ Theme Song After Jason Sudeikis Left Him ‘the World’s Longest Voice Note’

Tremble, little Lasso man. The Ted Lasso theme song might have a familiar voice. That’s because it’s Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons singing. The song plays in the short Ted Lasso opening credits, but Mumford and Tom Howe actually made a full song for it. And their collaboration didn’t stop there. They also create the show’s score. And it all started when Jason Sudeikis asked his good pal Mumford to work on the show’s music in what Mumford called “the world’s longest voice note.”

Jason Sudeikis (L) and Marcus Mumford (R) at the 'Ted Lasso' Season 2 premiere on July 15, 2021. Sudeikis wears a black long-sleeved shirt with white writing and Mumford wears a beige suit jacket. They stand in front of a blue backdrop. Sudeikis has his left arm around Mumford's shoulder.
Jason Sudeikis (L) and Marcus Mumford (R) | Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Are Jason Sudeikis and Marcus Mumford friends?

Sudeikis and Mumford have been friends for years. They first met when Mumford & Sons did their first Saturday Night Live appearance in 2012. In addition to being the musical guest, the musicians played a Beatles cover band called “Hey Dude!” in a sketch alongside Sudeikis. The following year, the band asked Sudeikis to star in the “Hopeless Wanderer” music video. And the Ted Lasso star and Mumford have remained friends.

“Despite being an American comedy great, Jason has a real British taste in his sense of humor,” Mumford told USA Today. “So that’s one of the reasons we hit it off, for sure.”

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Who sings the ‘Ted Lasso’ theme song?

When the SNL alum was developing Ted Lasso from an NBC Sports sketch to a series, he asked Mumford to work on the music. He told The Hollywood Reporter that Sudeikis left “the world’s longest voice note” when asking him to sign on. But he didn’t actually respond to that message for months. Mumford told USA Today:

“He loves leaving a long message, that one. But he left me a very long message on my U.S. phone, which I don’t keep on when I’m in the U.K. So I actually missed it and it had been in my phone for a couple of months, and he thought I was just ghosting him. So when I finally picked it up, I called him and was like, ‘So sorry, man, but I’d love to talk more about your TV show.’ And then I eventually went to set while they were filming in the U.K. before I started the music, and that’s how the story went.”

Mumford and Howe created the Ted Lasso theme song and all of the episodes’ scores. (You’ve definitely heard Howe’s work before — he scores The Great British Baking Show and also worked on Wonder Woman, 2020’s Mulan, and more.) It marked Mumford’s first foray into scoring. But he found it surprisingly freeing.

“It’s made me recognize the importance of melody,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “When you take lyrics away, which I haven’t done that much in my career, you have to be able to convey a lot more just through a melody.”

Ted Lasso Season 2 Episode 2 Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard, Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso and Nick Mohammed as Nate the Great sitting in the locker room
‘Ted Lasso’ Season 2 Episode 2 ‘Lavender’ with Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard, Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso and Nick Mohammed as Nate the Great | Apple TV+

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‘Ted Lasso’ theme song lyrics

Mumford said the theme song was intended to have a “right in the middle of the Atlantic, between the U.K. and the U.S.” vibe to it. And it’s full of lines you can imagine Ted saying to his players in a motivational speech. It even alludes to Ted’s divorce plot. Mumford sings:

Yeah, it might be all that you get
Yeah, I guess this might well be it

If you slow down for a second, take your time
You know I’m yours if you remember that you’re mine
And when everybody’s telling me I have no time
I prove ’em wrong again

‘Cause, yeah, it might be all that you get
Yeah, I guess this might well be it
But heaven knows I’ve tried

He continues:

No, my hands won’t be tied down
And I will not lay them down
‘Cause I can finally see the truth
So simple, but so clеar
Accepting an ocean’s depths
Were out of reach for me and you

If you’re coming up for air breathing in
You know I’ll be there when you first begin
And when everybody’s telling us we have no time
We’ll prove ’em wrong again

‘Cause, yeah, it might be all that you get
Yeah, I guess this might well be it
But heaven knows I’ve tried
And heaven knows I’ve tried

And to think, it all started with an extremely long voice note.