Just in time for cuffing season, John Legend has released a new song that’s tailor-made for lovers and side pieces. The anthemic “Love Me Now” is from the piano man’s upcoming fifth effort, Darkness and Light.
“It’s all about lovin’ and livin’ to the fullest, don’t wait till tomorrow,” said Legend about the song during a Facebook Live Q&A. “Hold the people you love close to you right now.”
To drive home the poignant message, Legend released a lyrics video, which features various couples caught up in the rapture of love.
“I don’t know who’s gonna kiss you when I’m gone,” he sings over piano chords and a rollicking beat. “So I’m gonna love you now like it’s all I have / I know it’ll kill me when it’s over / I don’t want to think about it / I want you to love me now.”
Legend’s Darkness and Light is due out later this year and features a dedication to the couple’s daughter Luna called “Right by You.” The collection, which is the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated album Love in the Future, boasts guest appearances from Miguel, Chance the Rapper and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
“It’s my best work yet,” he promised to his fans.
Watch John Legend’s heartwarming lyrics video above.