Listen To Taylor Swift’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Song “Safe And Sound”

Taylor Swift may have been snubbed in the Grammy nominations, but she’s still spreading a little holiday cheer. The Speak Now songstress tweeted in the wee hours this morning that she contributed the new song “Safe And Sound” to soundtrack of the feverishly anticipated The Hunger Games film. With a breathiness that sounds more eerie than sweet, Swift sings alongside folky duo The Civil Wars in a tune that sets the tone for the desolate, post-apocalyptic drama. Listen below.

“Just close your eyes / The sun is going down / You’ll be alright / No one can hurt you now,” the chorus goes. In both lyrics and tone, its a fascinating departure for Swift, who’s spent the better part of this year earning attention for covering other people’s songs while touring behind her chart-topping album. The fragility of Swift’s voice works to her advantage here, adding tenderness to the harmonies of The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams and John Paul White.

We have to wonder whether the somber tone here offers any hint of the vibe of Taylor’s as-yet-unnamed 2012 album, which is full of songs that she’s described as “sad, if Im being honest”. How does “Safe & Sound” stack up? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments.

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  • http://aliasphoenix.tumblr.com Elijah

    Even though Taylor has a co-writing credit on the track, it’s pretty easy to tell that musically and lyrically, the song is a Civil Wars song. It’s a departure for Taylor, but it fits in just right with the songs from The Civl Wars’ Barton Hollow.

  • Lulu

    I think this song would be better for cathcing fire or mocking jay, a small girl who is frightend during the uprisings maybe? but since it is in the first I think it will have to do with Prim

  • Chase

    I actually think it’s the perfect song to play over Rue’s burial scene.

  • Daticc77

    :)

  • Greg

    I think this song will be played when Katniss drugs Peeta, so she can leave him to go to the feast.

  • http://www.youtube.com/beingshari Berry

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

  • Mason

    I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!! I think it will be played when Katniss Drugs Petta to go to get the medicine to save him

  • http://gmail.com jenna

    i think this song will play when they are on the train and they look out the window or something

  • Cheryl

    If this is the song played in the “Rue” scene, there won’t be a dry eye in the place. Love it!

  • rachel

    Exactly!!

  • Sara Ward

    I strongly agree… I love this song It brings tears down my cheeks just thinking about the situation Katniss Is put in and I know they wont play this in the “Rue’s Death scene Because Katniss Sing Ti True You Know, Deep In the meadow, Under the willow. A bed of grass, a soft green pillow. Lay down your head, and close your sleep Eye’s. and When again they open the sun will rise. Here its safe, Here It’s warm. Here the daisies guard you from every harm. Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true. Here Is the place where I love you. Deep In the meadow, Hidden far away. A cloak of leaves, a Moon beam ray. Forget your woes and let your troubles lay. And when again Its morning, they’ll wash away. Here It’s safe, Here It’s warm. Here the daisies guard you from every harm. Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true. Here Is the place where I love you” Song when rue is dying… SO YEAH!!!

  • http://Yahoo Holden Ellis

    I think they should replace rues death song with this and just show Katniss crying and holding Rue while Rue is smiling slightly and telling katniss to win it and that it will be okay

  • http://Yahoo Holden Ellis

    OH and sry ladies but the actress playing katniss is stunning

  • Julie Christie

    I don’t know, but I guess it is what it is, though on my personal opinion (or question), how did Taylor Swift’s Safe and Sound just end up only in #5? Anyway, I hope this new amazing girl – Bethany LaPrade (facebook.com/BethanyLaPrade) will be seen in the Country Chart soon with that amazing talent of hers and have much success as Taylor’s.

  • http://Yahoo Holden Ellis

    i agree

  • Amanda

    I love team Peeta!

  • Tabitha

    i agree with lulu. that this song would be better in catching fire or mocking jay, because, katniss is really depressed that she has to go back into the arena. playing that song while she’s looking out the window on the train, or while she is having the nightmares and peeta comes in and calms her down and she’s crying.
    p.s. i totally think that peeta belongs with katniss.

  • megan

    this song is sad to me

  • Katelyn

    This song is so amazing! This is so far my favorite Taylor Swift song