Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood’s “The Fighter”: Musical Insights

In the “Musical Insights” series, country artists share their thoughts on some of their most popular tunes.

The new duet from Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter,” made its television debut last night on the Grammys, and Keith says the idea for the song really came out of nowhere.

“I was writing with busbee, and we had written a song called ‘Your Body,’ which is on the album, and the next day I was coming back to finish up the song with him,” Keith explains in a statement from his label.

“And just out of the blue that morning I thought, ‘I really would love to write a duet that isn’t the traditional guy and girl singing together, but the girl maybe asking a question and the guy answering her.’ The early part of relationships sometimes have that need for reassurance, and that’s certainly been my experience.

And so, the idea for ‘The Fighter,’ came up with the girl is asking ‘What if I fall?’ And the guy says, ‘I won’t let you fall,’ and she says, ‘If I cry?’ And he says, ‘I won’t make you cry.’ And then she says, ‘If I get scared,’ then he says, ‘I’ll hold you tighter and when the world’s trying to get to you, I’ll be your fighter,’” Keith continues.

“So, we wrote the song and busbee sort of sang the girl part in his girly voice, and then we set about thinking about who would be the right voice for this and Carrie – I love, love her voice and always have. And so I sent her the song and fortunately she loved it, and it’s on the record.”

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