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


I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, I'll never let you go
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, Don't leave me here alone
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight
Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound
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; gone
Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound
Just close your eyes
You'll be alright
Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound...

Taylor Swift - Safe and Sound Lyrics

Chart performance

Fan made single cover

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 listing

Digital Download[4]
Safe & Sound – 4
  • 01


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

Music video

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 Games

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.

Awards and nominations

“Safe & Sound” received one award from six nominations.

Award show Year Award Result
Country Music Association Awards 2012 Musical Event of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Collaborative Video of the Year Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2013 Best Original Song Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media Won

Cover versions

  • 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.
  • Singer Sonika Vaid sang this song on the February 10, 2016 episode of American Idol.


  1. NAME:. "Country Chart News: Top 30 Digital Singles (week of February 15 2012) | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video". Roughstock.com. http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-chart-news-top-30-digital-singles-week-of-february-15-2012. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. "Michael Buble Remains No. 1, Adele's '21' Has Best Sales Week Yet". Billboard. Billboard. 2011-12-29. http://www.billboard.com/#/news/michael-buble-remains-no-1-adele-s-21-has-1005744752.story. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  3. "Week Ending Jan. 1, 2012. Songs: LMFAO Beats Everybody". Yahoo. Yahoo. 2012-01-05. http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart-watch/week-ending-jan-1-2012-songs-lmfao-beats-002955103.html. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  4. "iTunes - Music - Safe & Sound [feat. The Civil Wars] - Single by Taylor Swift". Itunes.apple.com. 1989-12-13. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/safe-sound-from-the-hunger/id490735511?ls=1. Retrieved 2011-12-23.
  5. "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard (magazine). http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/song/taylor-swift-featuring-the-civil-wars/safe-sound/27533082. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  6. "Week Ending Dec. 25, 2011. Songs: Bringing “Sexy” Back". Yahoo. Yahoo. 2011-12-29. http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart-watch/week-ending-dec-25-2011-songs-bringing-sexy-235057906.html. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  7. "Safe and Sound video premiere". Facebook. 2012-02-10. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150570574165369&set=a.113530295368.91862.19614945368&type=1&theater. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  8. "Taylor Swift's 'Safe & Sound' Video Matches Song's Eerie Vibe". MTV. MTV. 2012-02-14. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1679207/taylor-swift-safe-and-sound-music-video-premiere.jhtml. 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". Music.yahoo.com. http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/our-country/taylor-swift-ghostly-location-video-safe-sound-152330948.html. Retrieved 2012-02-19.