Right to Dream is the first single extract from the soundtrack of Tennessee. The song was written by Mariah Carey and Willie Nelson.
Between takes and guitar lessons on the set, Carey's humming and diary entries evolved into the Spanish-guitar-accented ballad that she sings during the film's competition scene. In the recorded version of the single, Carey leaned on Willie Nelson to play guitar.
The song, says Carey, is…
I lay awake sometimes
Scared to close my eyes
And I wonder where I left myself
And lost the will to fight