“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.