Its intent may be obvious, but "Now and Forever" was still a glorious number. It's evident what Jimmy Cliff wanted to create here -- a show stopper, a slow but anthemic number that would send crowds swaying and lighters flickering in the darkness. Thus, the singer could slow down the pace and let loose with a deeply soulful piece that would exquisitely showcase his phenomenal emotive vocals.
"Now" has a similar majesty to such classic songs as "You'll Never Walk Alone," songs that reverberate with life and hope. The lyrics are imbued with optimism and simple adages, all the better for the crowds to join in. And as the band swells towards a crescendo, and the backing singers join in, lumps rise in throats across the audience.
Totally calculating, yet there's no denying the song's intrinsic potency, making it one of the most breathtaking songs on the singer's Grammy-winning Cliff Hanger album.