Taylor Swift on Writing “Safe and Sound” for The Hunger Games

Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars were able to get Golden Globe nominations for their contribution to the “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, which is entitled “Safe and Sound.”  Unfortunately, they were not able to bring home the award since it was given to Adele for Skyfall. Anyway, Ryan Seacreast of E! Online was able to chat with Taylor Swift and the country sweetheart was able to describe the heart of the song. Find out below.
“This is a song that you wrote, not about yourself, because you’ve got to write about something else,” E!’s Ryan Seacrest pointed out to the Best Original Song nominee for “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games.

“For a change!” agreed Swift, looking lovely in deep purple Donna Karan Atelier, about the novelty of such an idea.

“It was interesting, because Lionsgate Films came to us and said, ‘We want you to write from Katniss’ point of view, we want you to completely understand her and come from where she’s coming from and we were given such an amazing opportunity to do that,” Swift gushed, “by Suzanne Collins, who wrote the book, and Jennifer Lawrence, who portrayed Katniss.”

“My cowriters, the Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett, were amazing,” she added. “We had this idea that we wanted the song to be about the empathy that goes into this film and the undertones of sympathy and human compassion that go along with such an incredible film with all this action and fighting in it. 
“We wanted to highlight the fact that there’s a lot of heart beneath that.”

The Hunger Games Nominated at the Grammys and the OSCARS?

Good news tributes! Accordingto HitFix, The Hunger Games was able to get two nominations for Grammy Awards. The nominations include Arcade Fire’s “Abraham’s Daughter” and Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars’ “Safe and Sound” for the Best Song Written For Visual Media category. 
The odds might not be totally on our favor since the two songs are competing with each other but it is already a big smile to fandom to have such recognition. Congratulations to Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars, the writers and especially to producer T-Bone Burnett. 
Let’s hope that Catching Fire will get more recognitions!

On the other hand, THR has reported that Arcade Fire’s “Abraham Daughter” was listed at the top 75 nominees for the 85th Academy Awards (OSCARS). Let’s hope Arcade Fire will make it to the top list.

The Hunger Games Soundtrack Tops Billboard 200

The Hunger Games has not just stormed the box office but the music chart as well! Read this article from Billboard.
 
The Hunger Games” soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first  week according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since ” Michael Jackson’s This Is It” bowed at No. 1 on the list dated Nov. 14, 2009. “The Hunger Games” is the first multi-artist film soundtrack to reach No. 1 since one week before Jackson, when “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” rose from No. 2 to No. 1 in its second week on the tally.

All told, “The Hunger Games” is only the 16th soundtrack to debut at No. 1 in the history of the Billboard 200 chart. (Those soundtracks include film, TV and straight-to-video efforts.)    
    
“The Hunger Games” set boasts an array of artists, including Taylor Swift, the Civil Wars, Arcade Fire, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert. It’s the companion album to the film of the same name, which grossed $152.5 million at the U.S. and Canada box office last weekend (March 23-25).
As for the rest of the Billboard 200’s top 10, “The Hunger Games” is the first of five debuts in the region. The next-highest debut is the Shins’ “Port of Morrow,” which enters at No. 3 with 75,000. (It trails Adele’s former No. 1, “21,” at     No. 2 with 130,000 — down 12%). The Shins’ last album, “Wincing the Night Away,” launched at No. 2 with 118,000 in 2007.      
 

Listen to Taylor Swift and Kid Cudi’s Songs in the Hunger Games Soundtrack (Full Song)

Here are the contributions of Taylor Swift and Kid Cudi in the Hunger Games soundtrack. Enjoy.

Taylor Swift – Eyes Open


Taylor Swift Eyes Open Lyrics and Chords

Standard Tuning
No Capo

*Single strums

G*
Everybody’s waiting
D*
Everybody’s watching
Em*
Even when you’re sleepin’
C* G D Em C
Keep your ey-eyes open

G
The tricky thing
D
Is yesterday we were just, children
Em
Playing soldiers just pre-tending
C
Dreaming dreams with happy endings

G
In backyards,
D
Winning battles with the, wooden swords
Em
But now we’ve stepped into a, cruel world
C
Where everybody stands and, keeps score
D
Keep your eyes open

G
Everybody’s waiting for you to breakdown
D
Everybody’s watching to see the fallout
Em
Even when you’re sleepin’, sleepin’
C G
Keep your ey-eyes open
D Em
Keep your ey-eyes open
C -mute G
Keep your ey-eyes open

G
So here you are
D
Two steps ahead and staying, on guard
Em
Every lesson forms a, new scar
C
They never thought you’d make it, this far
G
But turn around
D
Oh, they surrounded you, it’s, a showdown
Em
And nobody comes to save you now
C
But you got something they don’t

Yeah, you got something they don’t
D
You just gotta keep your eyes open

G
Everybody’s waiting for you to breakdown
D
Everybody’s watching to see the fallout
Em
Even when you’re sleepin’, sleepin’
C G
Keep your ey-eyes open
D Em
Keep your ey-eyes open
C
Keep your ey-eyes

D
Keep your feet ready
Em
Heartbeat steady
C D
Keep your ey-eyes open
Em
Keep your aim locked
C
The night grows dark
G D
Ke-ep your ey-eyes open

G
Keep your ey-eyes open
D
Keep your ey-eyes open
Em
Keep your ey-eyes open
C
Keep your ey-eyes open

G
Everybody’s waiting for you to breakdown
D
Everybody’s watching to see the fallout
Em
Even when you’re sleepin’, sleepin’
C G
Keep your ey-eyes open
D
(Keep your ey-eyes open)
Em
Keep your ey-eyes open
C
(Keep your ey-eyes open)
G-once
Keep your ey-eyes open

Kid Cudi – The Ruler and the Killer


KID CUDI – The Ruler & The Killer lyrics

don’t you see?
oh, you belong to me
come one, j’ai tout le monde
tout le monde qu’est qui šue fait
respect what i have done for the
when we were in the deal baby

you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
yeah your ruler

listen to me
keep your mind in motion
yeah you do
remember you belong to me
come on we šhould get it going
you know i want a specific girl
put it on a show for me
the ruler and the killer baby

you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll šay nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
yeah your ruler

please pay attention baby
you know why you belong to me
come on we should get it going
survival of the fittest baby
you lose and you are lesšer to me
the ruler and the killer baby

you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
yeah your ruler

you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll šay nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
you’ll talk, you’ll say nothing ok
(you are the ruler and the killer baby)
yeah your ruler

Hunger Games Soundtrack – The Tracklist

Here is the official track list of the Hunger Games soundtrack – “Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond.”

Release Date: March 20, 2012

Label: Universal Republic



  1. Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars
  2. Eyes Wide Open by Taylor Swift
  3. Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire
  4. The Ruler & The Killer by Kid Cudi
  5. Run Daddy Run (feat. Pistol Annies) by Miranda Lambert
  6. Kingdom Come by The Civil Wars
  7. One Engine by The Decemberists
  8. Take The Heartland by Glen Hansard
  9. Lover Is Childlike by The Low Anthem
  10. Dark Days by Punch Brothers
  11. Tomorrow Will Be Kinder by The Secret Sisters
  12. Just a Game by Birdy
  13. Oh Come & Sing by Ella Mae Bowen
  14. Rules by Jayme Dee
  15. Reaping Day by Carolina Chocolate Drops
  16. Give Me Something I’ll Remember by Neko Case
  17. Video Safe & Sound (Bonus Video) by Taylor Swift
Source: iTunes

Most of the songs I think are of folk/rock genre because of the artists. I was actually surprised to see KiD CuDi on the list since I think he’s the only RnB/rap artist to be included on it. (I super love his “Erase Me” song.) I’m also looking forward to hear Miranda Lambert’s song in the soundtrack and I think it’s going to be great. What do you think of the soundtrack?

UPDATE:

EW unveiled a new tracklist of the Hunger Games soundtrack,  getting Maroon 5 on board with their song “Come Away to the Water.” There’s also been a major arrangement on the track numbers of the songs.

1. Arcade Fire “Abraham’s Daughter”
2. The Secret Sisters “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
3. Neko Case “Nothing To Remember”
4. Taylor Swift “Safe & Sound ft. The Civil Wars”
5. Kid Cudi “The Ruler and The Killer”
6. Punch Brothers “Dark Days”
7. The Decemberists “One Engine”
8. The Carolina Chocolate Drops “Daughter’s Lament”
9. The Civil Wars “Kingdom Come”
10. Glen Hansard “Take The Heartland”
11. Maroon 5 ft. Rozzi Crane “Come Away To The Water”
12. Miranda Lambert “Run Daddy Run ft. Pistol Annies”
13. Jayme Dee “Rules”
14. Taylor Swift “Eyes Open”
15. The Low Anthem “Lover Is Childlike”
16. Birdy “Just A Game”

UPDATE:

Here are the composers and lyricists of the Hunger Games soundtrack: Source: http://hunger-games.net/?p=5440

“DEEP IN THE MEADOW (LULLABY)”
Lyrics by Suzanne Collins
Music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett
Performed by Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields

“FAREWELL”
Written by Evgueni Galperine
Performed by Evgueni Galperine and Mariana Tootsie
Courtesy of Mathieu Gerault

“HORN OF PLENTY”
Written by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne

“WAR”
Written by Gabriel Hubert, Saiph Graves, Amal Hubert, Tycho Cohran,
Jafar Graves, Uttama Hubert, Seba Graves and Tarik Graves
Performed by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Courtesy of Honest Jon’s Records

“SEDIMENT”
Written and Performed by Laurie Spiegel
Courtesy of Laurie Spiegel


“A WASP ON HER ABDOMEN”
Written and Performed by Chas Smith
Courtesy of Cold Blue Music

“THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA, MVT. 1”
Written by Steve Reich
Performed by Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra
and Chorus Sine Nomine Conducted by Kristjan Järvi
Courtesy of Chandos
By Arrangement with Source/Q

“ALLT VARO HLJÓTT”
Written and Performed by Olafur Arnalds
Courtesy of Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

“MARISSA FLASHBACK”
Written by Thomas Owen
Mostyn Rowlands

“ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER”
Written by Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and T Bone Burnett
Performed and Produced by Arcade Fire
Courtesy of Arcade Fire Music, LLC


“SAFE & SOUND”
Written by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett
Performed by Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Courtesy of Big Machine Records, LLC


“KINGDOM COME”
Written by John Paul White and Joy Williams
Performed by The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Courtesy of sensibility music / Republic Records

The Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score [Soundtrack]

 

Official Music Video of Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift ft. Civil Wars in MTV

Today is a very special day for all Hunger Games and Taylor Swift fans out there. The first single of the Hunger Games soundtrack, which is “Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond,” has premiered an official video already. I present you, Taylor Swift and Civil Wars’ official music video for “Safe and Sound.” But wait!!! See the video for an exclusive interview by MTV News with Taylor Swift. Watch as she answers several Twitter questions from fans. Enjoy.

Intro



The Official Music Video of Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift and Civil Wars


Taylor on the Safe and Sound Video


“It’s so crazy to see it finished and see it premiering on TV,” Swift says.

What If Taylor Swift Were In A Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’


“Honestly, I think I would just be the person who runs and hides,” Swift says.

Watch more clips at http://www.mtv.com/videos/taylor-swift/732819/safe-sound.jhtml