Dixson says he had only seen clips of the film at the time of writing the lyrics. “I had to believe blindly that what she would say and what I would say would work,” says the songwriter.
He credits his personal experience in helping him write the lyrics, as well as his familiarity with the story of the Williams sisters and their father, Richard. The film stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, father and coach of future tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. “My father was very similar to Richard Williams — he had a strategy for his kids,” Dixson says. “I didn