Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars

"Safe and Sound"

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 4 0
December 30, 2011

Taylor Swift, alt-country hipster? Hearing is believing, and on this first cut from The Hunger Games soundtrack, Swift sounds the part, cooing a lover's lullaby over stark folk-twang accompaniment (courtesy of T-Bone Burnett), with harmony vocals from indie sweethearts The Civil Wars. Whether this is a one-off novelty, a trial balloon cred-move, or the stirrings of a "grown-up" style remains to be seen. In any case, it's Swift's prettiest ballad.

Listen to "Safe and Sound": 

Listen: Taylor Swift's 'Hunger Games' Ballad 'Safe and Sound'
Taylor Swift: A History in Photos

Song Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Money For Nothing”

    Dire Straits | 1984

    Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

    More Song Stories entries »