The dramatic television series Underground returned with it’s second season earlier this month, and the third episode is set to air tonight (March 22). Coinciding with the new season, John Legend (who is a producer on the show) has released a brand new song entitled “In America,” which explores the countless contradictions of life in the United States.
Legend co-wrote the powerful track with acclaimed producer and songwriter Dave Tozer for the WGN series which centers around the Underground Railroad in Antebellum, Georgia.
“In America, in America / I still can’t breathe in America,” he sings, alluding to the death of Eric Garner. “Watch them squeezing my neck / Watch them bullets connect / We still gonna fight in America.”
Speaking about the creation of the song and connection to the show, John said in a statement: “‘In America’ was born around the same time I was working on my most recent album ‘Darkness and Light.’ It’s a song I was writing while thinking about the duality of America, where it’s known to be this place of freedom, equality and where anyone can make it. The song points out the tension between the promise of America, the ideals of America, and sometimes us not living up to those ideals in practice. ‘In America’ was perfect song for Underground, a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible.”