Now

Album: War & Leisure (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • His most overtly political song to date, this soft guitar ballad finds Miguel expressing his feelings about the relationship between Donald Trump and Mexicans and other matters of race. "In my mind, I was having a conversation with [Trump] and playing it out," he told Billboard. "Like, 'You're in charge now, and this is what you want to do? These are the seeds you're planting? Go ahead and watch what happens. Not even judging. But let's talk about this.'"
  • And it's time we talk about it
    Let's not waste our common ground


    Billboard asked Miguel if he is trying to find common ground with Trump. "No," he responded quickly. "That's for ethnic people. And poor people. People who are lower on the ladder. We've all felt the oppression in some shape or form, and on that level we can understand each other. Let's use that and galvanize and say no - we will not accept this."
  • Miguel played this song live for the first time on October 20, 2017, at an event for the Schools Not Prisons program at the Adelanto Stadium in California. The same day, he visited the High Desert Detention Center, where there are nearly 2,000 federal immigration detainees of Mexican and Haitian descent. Some footage of this visit was used in the official video for "Now."

    "To see innocent people being ripped from their way of life to essentially be incarcerated and used as cheap labor is really crazy to me," said Miguel.

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