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"Safe & Sound"
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Safe & Sound cover
Promotional single by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars from the album The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond
Released December 23, 2011 (2011-12-23)
Format Digital download
Genre Country, folk rock
Length 4:01
Label Big Machine
Writer Taylor Swift, Joy Williams, John Paul White, T Bone Burnett
Producer T Bone Burnett

"Safe & Sound" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift featuring country/folk duo The Civil Wars, and a promotional single from the upcoming soundtrack for the 2012 film, The Hunger Games. As of February 15, 2012 it has sold 504,000 copies.[1]

Chart performance Edit

The song entered the Digital Songs tally at No. 19 with 136,000 sold in two days.[2] The song debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. In its second week it dropped to No. 31.[3] As of February 2012, the song has sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States.

Track listingEdit

Digital Download[4]
  1. Safe & Sound – 4:01


Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 30

Music video Edit

The song's music video, which is directed by Philip Andelman, premiered on February 13, 2012 at 7:54 p.m. ET on MTV.[7] The video features Swift, walking barefoot through the woods, wearing a long white gown. In between scenes, The Civil Wars singing in front of a fireplace, as they accompany Swift.[8]

The video was shot in a cemetery and the scene with Swift on the graves are a real couple's grave from the 1853.[9]

Relation to The Hunger GamesEdit

The video mentions some things related to The Hunger Games book series,written by Suzanne Collins.Some of the references are:

  • Taylor interpretes the older ghost of Primrose Everdeen in a destroyed District 12.
  • The Civil Wars' member interprete the older ghosts of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.
  • There are nightlock berries in the video.
  • Prim (Taylor) sits in the tombs of Katniss and Peeta.
  • Taylor finds the Mockingjay Pin.

Cover versionsEdit

  • Country singer Savannah Berry sang this song at her blind audition on season 4 of the popular NBC singing show The Voice, earning her a spot on fellow country singer Blake Shelton's team. Berry's version of the song was later released digitally on iTunes the day her blind audition aired.


  1. NAME:. "Country Chart News: Top 30 Digital Singles (week of February 15 2012) | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. "Michael Buble Remains No. 1, Adele's '21' Has Best Sales Week Yet". Billboard. Billboard. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  3. "Week Ending Jan. 1, 2012. Songs: LMFAO Beats Everybody". Yahoo. Yahoo. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. "iTunes - Music - Safe & Sound [feat. The Civil Wars] - Single by Taylor Swift". 1989-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  5. "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  6. "Week Ending Dec. 25, 2011. Songs: Bringing “Sexy” Back". Yahoo. Yahoo. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  7. "Safe and Sound video premiere". Facebook. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  8. "Taylor Swift's 'Safe & Sound' Video Matches Song's Eerie Vibe". MTV. MTV. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  9. Geller, Wendy (2012-02-15). "Taylor Swift Has Ghostly Location For New Video, ‘Safe And Sound’ | Our Country (NEW) - Yahoo! Music". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 

Official music videoEdit

Taylor Swift ft04:01

Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games)

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