"Right Now" as written by Mike Shinoda, Tarik L. Collins, Takbir Khalid Bashir and Matthew Ryan Maginn....
Someone right now is leaving their apartment
Looking down at the street and wondering where their car went
Someone in a car is sitting at a signal
In front of a restaurant staring through the window at
Someone right now with their finger in their teeth
Who could use a little floss, right across the street
There's somebody on the curb who really needs a jacket
But spent half the rent at a bar getting plastered
Now he's gotta walk fourteen blocks
Just to work at a shop where he's about to get fired
Someone right now is looking pretty tired
Staring at a laptop trying to get inspired
As somebody living right across the street
Just wrote the best thing that she's written all week
But her best friend's coughing up blood in the sink
He can't even think what happened, feeling so confused
And he knows it looks bad but nothing he can do
I wonder what it's like to be right there in his shoes but...

Yo, I'm just taking it in
Out the window of a hotel bedroom again
Tomorrow I'll be gone, I don't know when I'll be back
But in this world everything can change just like that...

Somebody right now is dropping his vote
Inside a box trying to not get shot in his throat
For the act of freedom, right now somebody's stuck in Iraq
Hoping that he gets shipped back breathing
In a war but he's not really sure the reasons
So we show our support when the press mislead him
Though we mourn, remain proud, salute the troops
Get some, I know you boys got some work to do

Meanwhile, right now someone's 25-to-life-ing
Standing on a corner with their thumb up hitchhiking
Scratching off a lotto ticket hoping for a real winner
Sneaking through the border just to work and eat a real dinner
Right now someone wishes they were you and I
Instead of second-guessing fatal thoughts of quiet suicide
But right now I'm staring out the window at a fiend
With holes in his arm and holes in his jeans
He pulled out a cigarette and sparked a light
And walked right around the corner just out of my sight but...

I'm just taking it in
From a second storey hotel window again
The TV's on and my bags are packed
But in this world everything can change just like that

Yeah, right now somebody's sittin' in the darkness
Tryin' to figure how to put some heat in their apartment
But they got a little mattress, little carpet
And they appreciate it 'cause some people on a park bench
You see 'em rushing to get to the office
Wife ride by 'em when she up from the market
Right now somebody comin' out the pocket
Tryin' to dump that rock they runnin' round the block with
Same time the cops is raisin' the glock
With aim to fill your legs and your back with some hot shit
Right now somebody's struggling to stop this man
That's kicking and punching and cussing at the doctors
Down the hall a child is takin' its first breath
The doctors ain't even passed him to the nurse yet
Yo, I wonder of he understand what it's worth yet
Life, the time spent while we here on the earth yet
The answers to the questions we all seek
Can be found, it depend on how free y'all think
Right now, it's somebody who ain't eat all week
That would kill for the shit you throw away in the street
I guess one man's trash is a next man's treasure
One man's pain is a next man's pleasure
One says infinity the next say forever
Right now everybody got to get it together man

I'm just taking it in
In another strange hotel lobby again
With my luggage on my back, I don't know where I'm at
I'm in a world where it all changes just like that
Like that

Yo, I'm just taking it in
Out the window of a hotel bedroom again
Tomorrow I'll be gone, I don't know when I'll be back
But in this world everything can change just like that


Lyrics submitted by L-Kyne

"Right Now" as written by Mike Shinoda Matthew Ryan Maginn

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    General Commenti like how the songs titled right now too... gives the impression that while you sit there on your computers & watching your tv's with central heating and 3 meals a day, shit like this is happening

    and FM are bang right, its sickening the amount of people that dont appreciate what they have
    jimfaceon November 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMike Shinoda said this song was inspired by Robert Altman's film "Short Cuts". It's poetry to me. A thing of beauty and one of the most meaningful and poignant songs on The Rising Tied
    cmill216on December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentProps to da peep above totaly agree wit ya... lyricly wired, flows tight n tha beat wit piano kickin... ill put it out there see what ya folks think... best song on the album?

    peace biatchhhes
    Blank Canvason December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a really awesome song! I mean, it sorta tells about the street, the homeless, and other things. It also sort of tells a story too, and the meanings is sorta clear, I guess, lots of diferent meanings. Lol. I also agree with cmill216 and Blank_Canvas
    madd_elibberon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHe's telling people to put yourself in other people's shoes.
    Photikon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like in the beginning how Mike starts talking about all the people, and one person is connected to the other just because you're in the same vicinity....the guys car gets stolen, someone else is in another car, he's looking at someone else etc. It reminds us we all have to be aware, "just take it all in" take a look at other people's situations, and appreciate what you have, even if it's small, cuz it could all be gone. Then it goes further and further away.

    And Black Thought sums it all up. It's all part of life, we're all in the same boat from the moment we're born.
    "Down the hall a child is takin' its first breath
    The doctors ain't even passed him to the nurse yet
    Yo, I wonder of he understand what it’s worth yet
    Life, the time spent while we here on the earth yet
    The answers to the questions we all seek
    Can be found, it depend on how free y'all think.....
    Right now everybody got to get it together man"
    Good song!
    Angelbabe531on December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLike Altman's "Short Cuts", this song gives random glimpses into random people's lives, which are connected only geographically or by single links, starting with someone whose car has been stolen, through someone staring into the window of a restaurant watching someone who's eating in there, through soldiers in a war zone, and someone illegally immigrating into America. I love the range of human experience that this song manages to squeeze in in a sequence of short, random images. The basic message IMHO is that everyone is just trying to get on with their life and make it through, in different ways, so people need to stop fighting with each other when we're all just in the same boat, as Angelbabe said above.
    lucyb85on January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the message of this song is explicitly didactic, it's not telling us to care about anything. It's more of an observational take, like being an invisible witness and taking a snapshot of the world as it currently is. After all, the chorus line is "I'm just taking it in."

    But still, it does invoke strong images of the poor and downtrodden, refugees and criminals. With the message that the world can change just like that, it speaks to those of us above the slums and says we shouldn't take for granted what we have already.
    L-Kyneon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my all time favourite song and it will never change. That's pretty funny though because this song to me is all about change " in this world everything can change just like that ". To me it says that things always change but never try to yourself.
    SkateX101on February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how we are all connected somehow and we never take the time to realize it. I'm not normally one for Rap but Fort Minor is teh shizz.
    thatoneperson101on February 26, 2006   Link

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