Keith Urban revealed the inspiration that led him to write his hit single “The Fighter.”
Urban said the song was written with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, in mind. The song reflects a conversation he and Kidman had before they were married, when Urban was trying to assure her he would make a good partner.
“I was a safe place and I would take care of her, and she could remain vulnerable and precious and that I would try and keep the world away from her so she didn’t have to be hardened,” Urban remembers telling Kidman, according to the Tennessean.
He co-wrote the song with prolific songwriter busbee. Busbee, Carrie Underwood, and Urban were at The Back Corner nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 6. Busbee talked about how smooth the process was.
“It was one of those natural days,” busbee said, via the Tennessean. “We walked into a room and we were able to pull stuff out of the sky. That was one of those days.”
The song is a duet with Carrie Underwood, who sings the chorus and bridge with Urban. Urban praised Underwood for bringing the emotion he was looking for into the song.
“It’s not a given that every female will say, ‘What if I fall? What if I get scared?’ Bless you for saying that in a song because so many people won’t say that because they think they have to be tough … and you were willing to do that. I can’t thank you enough for being willing to be vulnerable for this song,” he said.
Urban also shared how the song reflects his personal philosophy.
“I’m saying too much, but they talk about people saying you have to have a thick skin, and I don’t agree with that. I think you should be vulnerable and be a spirit and be real, and if people would stop being so harsh, especially to ourselves, then we wouldn’t have to have thick skins. We could just be a little more what we are, which is pure spirit and fragile and real. Real human beings. Real people.”