The Problem With... Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound" feat. The Civil Wars


Between her worldwide Speak Now Tour and controlling her possible mania, pop-country star Taylor Swift had quite a 2011. If Swift's latest single is any indication, we might see another side of her in 2012. A dark, apocalyptic side straight out of an early Stephen King novel.

"Safe & Sound" ties into an upcoming movie based on a young adult novel about kids killing each other for sport. I think it's called Battle Royale -- wait, it's actually The Hunger Games. The single is a somber acoustic lullaby with supporting strings and harmonizing vocals from Nashville folk duo The Civil Wars.

The lyrics detail a world where Swift and the subject are running from the shadows and "the war outside our door keeps raging on." Is this supposed to be a lullaby? It's like Swift says, "Hey, remember that traumatic experience we had once? By the way, there's a war going on outside. Go to sleep, darling."

The song is supposed to be in the voice of The Hunger Games' protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. However, it still sounds like Swift's singing, and the lyrics sound like one of her paranoid, pyromaniac dreams.

When reviewing Taylor Swift's past singles, I've interpreted them to suggest she might be a little unhinged, but I've always meant it in a cartoonish way. Now, the dark theme of "Safe & Sound" paints an ominous profile. She might be a harbinger of death.

Sweet dreams, listeners.


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Greeny
Greeny

This review is sh*t. I haven't read The Hunger Games yet, but from what I've read about it, and from what I've heard from people who've actually read it, the song 'Safe and Sound' fits the story perfectly.

IDK who the protagonist is, but if Taylor were singing as her, then I'd have to say that the lyrics suited the morbid story. "I remember tears streaming down your face when I said I'll never let you go" is something I'd imagine the characters saying, because they all eventually have to die, except for one, in order to win, and it's sad and deeply touching. I think that the song was very well-written.Of course, it definitely helped that writing the song was a combined effort. Taylor Swift didn't write it by herself, otherwise we'd be listening about how the protagonist suddenly found herself in a medieval dress, in a castle tower, waiting for her knight in shining armour, and about how every other kid involved in the games is a hater.

LisaSC
LisaSC

I'm not a "today's country music" fan so therefore not a fan of Taylor Swift's. Don't know if I could name a single other song she does. But this song is hauntingly beautiful and perfect for "The Hunger Games." I just read the series in the last week and have not yet seen the movie, but Taylor Swift's beautiful vocals, the perfect harmonies and the haunting lyrics bring the book's message home. What a terrible, uninformed review.

Jc Hematocrit
Jc Hematocrit

The writer of this article seems to have a personal attachment, for an obvious disliking of Ms. Swift.

"unhinged" I guess her winning all those Grammys, just makes her untalented, in this fool of a writers' eyes. Go back to Journalism school.

guest
guest

There's only one thing that The Hunger Games and Battle Royale have in common and I'm pretty sure that's obvious. It's also obvious you haven't read the books otherwise this review of the song is pointless. This song is pretty straight when it comes to movie sound tracks and one of the best I've heard. I admit it's something out of the ordinary for Taylor Swift, but I found it to be beautiful and they did a wonderful job.

AlarTruve
AlarTruve

The problem with this reviewer is....that he is an idiot.

ashlaaay
ashlaaay

This is a complete and utter load of bullshit and nothing more.

Ernie535
Ernie535

Hmm...this guy or girls is a dumbass...I hate Taylor swift but I have to admit this is a perfect song for the hunger games and u can't judge people by one song...come on...

brianc6234
brianc6234

I think someone reads way too much into some songs. Guess what, Safe & Sound was written by Taylor and The Civil Wars for the movie. It has nothing to do with Taylor or The Civil Wars. Stop being so melodramatic. It's a great song.

Hayley
Hayley

USELESS. WHO CARES IT'S A WONDERFUL SONG AND YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Kara
Kara

I think Taylor is telling someone to go to "sleep" I think she's really saying that in moments of war, the only peace that can be found is in death, so they need to close their eyes and they'll safety in the afterlife.

Or, on a brighter interpretation, she's just saying that everything will turn out better in the morning

Courtneyademski
Courtneyademski

This review is stupid. Taylor did not even write this song so to compare it to her song writing style is pointless. Do your research before reviewing something.Not to mention, the point of the soundtrack is to convey the message of the movie. if you had bothered to read the book you would not be asking why the song has a dark, ominous tone.

Fiona
Fiona

You should really do your research before you start hating on something you obviously know very little about.

Of COURSE the song sounds like Taylor Swift singing, because it is her singing! This song is not intended to be included as Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) singing voice in the movie, like a disney movie. It is an interpretation of the themes presented in the book.

If you had BOTHERED to read the books, you will know that Taylor's Lullaby interpretation of her song suits both the character developments of Katniss, Peeta and Rue.

Please read the book before you judge any related material.

Whenastarwinks
Whenastarwinks

um if you listen to ANYTHING by Civil Wars, you'd realize that this song is heavily influenced by them and their sound. I think it's cool that Taylor is trying out something different.

Robo6
Robo6

the review is an @$$HOLE. Battle Royale and hunger games have just one plot point similar Hunger Game books/movie... the song is in perfect context when compared to dark themes of the story....

another reviewer talking out of their @$$. You wrote it in twenty minutes and it shows... what a waste of time.

brianc6234
brianc6234

Taylor did write Safe & Sound but not by herself. It was a group effort. And written for The Hunger Games. It isn't a typical Taylor song which would be about something she just went through. This isn't the first lame review I've seen of Safe & Sound though. Some people just shouldn't be allowed to review things. They don't understand what their job is.

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