Dec 23 2011 2:00pm

The Hunger Games Movie Gets a Dark Country Anthem

Taylor Swift has just released the title theme to the forthcoming Hunger Games movie. The song is titled “Safe & Sound,” and no one is more surprised than Stubby to find that it, um, doesn’t suck.

Well, okay, the lyrics make no sense in regards to the actual plot. (The song entreats a loved one to close their eyes, for in the morning they’ll be safe and sound. At no point in the book is this ever a true sentiment. Really, it’s decidedly the opposite.) But the song itself is a dark, slow country ditty produced by T-Bone Burnett. It lurks sweetly and resists bombast and autotuning in favor of a quiet menace. Where the lyrics falter, the music itself does a fantastic job at invoking the spare, cruel world of The Hunger Games.

We imagine this song will play while Peeta and Katniss are cave-snuggling. You can listen to the song in the above video, which also includes an iTunes download link.

Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of and has to go blast some Neko Case to balance out the favorable opinion it just had of Taylor Swift.

1. gord314
"Don't you dare look out your window darling
Everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold onto this lullaby
Even when the music's gone"

It doesn't sound like everything is actually alright or that anyone is really safe and sound.
Cameron Tucker
2. Loialson
Ah...this song really does catch the feel of the books for me. I like it.
3. conifer16
what about rue,and the song Katniss sings? isnt this similar in a way?
c t
4. cheem
The influence of The Civil Wars is very strong on this song too. It sounds radically different from Taylor Swift's usual, but not so far away from The Civil Wars. Regardless, it's a very fitting piece, including the lyrics, IMHO.
Matt Wright
5. matty42
Thank goodness for The Civil Wars. I can see myself buying this song.
6. Leah Hansen
I actually like this quite a lot. Feels right for the story.
Teresa Jusino
7. TeresaJusino
Yeah, I agree. The lyrics are actually kinda perfect. They're trying to comfort in the face of everything going to hell. If you're trying to calm someone, you're not exactly gonna sing about how everyone's effed, are you? :)

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