Album: released as a single (2023)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • The superstar songwriter Diane Warren wrote "Gonna Be You" for the movie 80 For Brady, based on the true story of four women in their 80s who are huge Tom Brady fans. They head to Tampa for the 2021 Super Bowl so they can see him play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but have to figure out how to get into the game.

    The song is all about friendship, which aligns with the theme of the movie. "It's gonna be you that comes to the rescue anytime that I'm drowning," the chorus goes.
  • Dolly Parton is joined on this song by Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Debbie Harry. Diane Warren assembled this dream team when she decided that because the movie is about women in their 80s, it would be fun to have superstars from the '80s on the song. Warren wrote Carlisle's hit "I Get Weak" and Estefan's "Live For Loving You."
  • 80 For Brady stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno and Sally Field - Tom Brady also makes an appearance. Dolly Parton has a long history with Fonda and Tomlin, who were her co-stars in the movie 9 to 5.
  • The music video, directed by Alex Ogus, combines footage from the film with each singer performing in a Tom Brady jersey.
  • Cyndi Lauper explained why she jumped on board. "This was such a great project to be part of because it was nice to be able to join forces with my pals for the song," she said. "Each of these women mean a lot to me. Friendships between women are important and I think Diane's lyrics captured that. It was really touching. You don't often see female 'buddy movies' so this was fun."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic Furs

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."

U2 Lyrics

U2 LyricsMusic Quiz

How well do you know the lyrics of U2?

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike Rutherford talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.

Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions Answered

Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions AnsweredSong Writing

10 Questions for the author of Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New York

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.

Pam Tillis

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.