Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound” Builds Anticipation for The Hunger Games

January 6, 2012

It’s not hard to argue that Suzanne Collins’ trilogy The Hunger Games has been the buzz lately, and with the release of the soundtrack’s first single “Safe and Sound” the anticipation for the upcoming film has grown immensely. The country pop singer Taylor Swift came together with folk-pop duo The Civil Wars to write and record alongside producer T-Bone Bennett and composer Danny Elfman. Although the official release date for the single is listed as December 26th, it was available for purchase on iTunes on December 23rd which was announced by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars via Twitter. Swift tweeted on December 23rd, “And this is it, the big surprise… Go get it! #TheHungerGames http://t.co/Ipd6cHuJ .” She then went on to retweet others about the “early Christmas present” and in no time, #SafeandSound was a trending topic on Twitter. The song reached #1 on iTunes.

Compared to the other singles Swift released in 2011 including “Mean”, “The Story of Us”, “Sparks Fly” and “Ours”, “Safe and Sound” definitely holds a different feel. The dark and ominous ballad shows a new side of Swift, stripped of the bubbly and upbeat charisma we’re all used to and showcasing a more mature sound from the 22 year old artist. The song’s lyrics pertain to the story’s plot line of struggle and survival almost perfectly, including lines such as, “Don’t you dare look out your window darling, everything’s on fire. The war outside our door keeps raging on. Hold on to this lullaby, even when the music’s gone.” We all know how crucial music can be to making a good film, and those who have read the trilogy will agree that “Safe and Sound” truly sets the stage for The Hunger Games. The song has received mixed feedback due to this new and unknown side of Swift, but who ever said different was a bad thing?

Take a listen below, and judge for yourself.

-Meg M.

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