Taylor Swift: Safe and Sound Meaning
Song Released: 2011
Safe and Sound Lyrics
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 past tonight.
Just close your...
anonymous Jun 11th 2012, 18:36 report
This song makes me think of an Appalachian setting during the civil war. As if she's saying goodbye to someone on the battlefield, while outside "the war is raging on." and "the fires are burning."
anonymous Jun 4th 2012, 13:16 report
I definitely think this is Katniss's song to Peeta. But it could be to Prim, too. Think about it. When they were in the cave..
"I remember tears streaming down your face,
When I said I'll never let you go." When she wouldn't leave him in all his pain. Or when Katniss volunteered for Prim.
"When all those shadows almost killed your light" Is when he was with the Careers. Or when Prim almost had to go to the Games.
"I remember you said 'don't leave me here alone'," When he didn't want her to go to the Cornucopia. Or when Prim didn't want her to leave.
"But all that's dead and gone and past tonight." Was when she went anyways. Or when she had to leave Prim to go to the Games, regardless.
"Just close your eyes,
The sun is going down." Is when he had to rest from the soup and it was getting late. Or Katniss trying to calm Prim, saying she'll be okay.
"You'll be all right,
No one can hurt you now." Is when she's protecting him, and won't let anything hurt him. Or when Katniss volunteered to protect her.
"Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound." Is saying that it's almost all over, but they have to stay strong. Or saying that Katniss will keep her safe, and it's almost over.
"Don't you dare look out your window,
Darlin' everything's on fire." Is when the forest was on fire, and she doesn't want Peeta to worry. Or when (SPOILER ALERT!) In the NEXT movie, they bomb District 12, and everything IS on fire, and Katniss doesn't want Prim to see. Or it's a metaphor, saying how horrible the world is and she wants to shield her from it.
"The war outside our door keeps raging on,
Hold unto this lullaby." When the Hunger Games is still going on, people are still dying, and they need faith. Or for Prim to know she's safe, or (AGAIN, SPOILER!) When District 13 and others are in war with the Capitol and Prim has to watch it.
"Even when the music's gone, gone." When Katniss is without Peeta, or she dies. And same for Prim.
"Just close your eyes,
The sun is going down.
You'll be all right,
No one can hurt you now.
Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound.
Just close your eyes,
You'll be all right." Just like the last time it said so.
"Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound." Katniss telling Peeta they're almost done, they've almost won. Just a little longer. Or when Katniss is almost home to Prim.
Hope this helps?(: It can go a lot of ways. I see it more of a Mockingjay song, for the end of the book series. Oh well, just my opinion!:D
anonymous Jun 2nd 2012, 15:37 report
It is defiantly the song Katniss sings to Rue because of the Huge simalarity of lyrics, look: Rue's song: "lay down your head, close your sleepy eyes" safe and sound: "just close you eyes" Rue's song: "and when they open, the sun will rise." Safe and sound: "the sun is going down-come morning light" Rue's song: "here it's safe, here it's warm" Safe and sound:"no one can hurt you now- safe and sound" those are just a FEW examples. I rest my case.
anonymous May 14th 2012, 06:08 report
i think this song is a bout how katniss wanted to keep rue safe in the 1st verse and then in the second verse it is how she wanted to keep peeta alive and safe like when she gives him the sleeping syrup to get the medicene
anonymous May 6th 2012, 20:28 report
well in the music video she is walking to a house and there was a lot of happiness there (before the disaster that caused panam) and then she goes in and its all burned. later she goes to a graveyard and when she steps in the river, it represents moving on. i think it represents all the people who died. it was haunting and sad, but has a really strong meaning
anonymous May 4th 2012, 20:14 report
This song could be for Rue or Peeta. Katniss tells Rue to close her eyes and every thing will be alright. Also it could reprisent Peeta with her in the cave, and she tells him everything around them is on fire in the arena. Either way this is a great song
anonymous May 3rd 2012, 00:31 report
The song is about district 13 and the people who burned to death. Look at the burnt trees, bedpost etc. And the field where they were all buried.
anonymous Apr 30th 2012, 14:37 report
For some reason I think of Prim when I listen to this song, the first verse when Katniss volunteers for the reaping and Prim is upset.
The chorus is Katniss trying to soothe Prim.
Then the second verse I think is about Katniss trying to protect her from the outside world and the rebellion in Mockingjay.
I'm not very good at this kind of stuff, but this is what comes to mind when I her this song, I don't think this is about Rue, it's just not my guy instinct, besides she already has a lullaby. I do think it could work for the cave scene with Peeta though.
anonymous Apr 27th 2012, 20:54 report
Okay, I read every one of these interpetations and, in my opinion, they are all right!(Well the ones about the Games, not that other silly stuff.)I especially liked the one the twelve year old wrote.=) The song was written for The Hunger Games. So Wouldn't it make sense for it to be realated to almost everything in the books. the dudes who did this thing were obviously very smart about the lyrics making it realate to everything and touch every one in a different way. But it all realates to one thing total. THE HUNGER GAMES! When you think about the lyrics you think Peeta to Katniss. Katniss to Peeta. Katniss to Rue. Katniss to Prim. Prim to Katniss. All the sadness and distress and love and pain from the books are brought into this song...and it couldn't be more perfect. The way it would be so much better to die than to be in the hands of the Capital. The way Katniss cared for Rue, Peeta, and Prim. How cruel people are. And how there is a war outside. Always. No matter if it is with the districts and the Capital, or Peacekeepers and people, or the war of life, living knowing that if you don't do things just right the capital can do anything in there vicious minds they want. They view the Games as a game, but everyone else see's it for what it really is. a Death sentence. Even if you win. Then your life becomes worse than death. And we see that with what the Capital did to Finnick(<3) and Johnna and other victors. This song speaks of everything the Games and books are. It is truly bittersweet. And such a beautiful song. If you know how to listen to it,...it will touch your heart.
anonymous Apr 22nd 2012, 12:09 report
This song is about two people who obviously care about each other and something bad is happening and one of them may die. The line come morning light you and I will be safe and sound is a promise that pain will stop either through death or victory. The line "don't you dare look out your window darling everything is on fire the war outside our door keeps raging on" means that you should sleep peacefully and ignore the violence and danger outside. The line " hold on to this lullaby even when the music is gone" means even when we aren't together even if I don't make it keep going remember what I have told you
anonymous Apr 21st 2012, 09:44 report
I think is song is about the whole hunger game series-not only the first one and that it is like a conversation being sung between peeta and katniss
anonymous Apr 15th 2012, 17:51 report
When I hear the song, I think of a boy leaving his wife/girlfriend to join the war and her watching over him as he dies and trying to bring him back.
anonymous Apr 14th 2012, 13:55 report
I love this song! So chilling and absolutely perfect for the Hunger Games. One of the reasons I like it is it can apply to many characters - Rue or Prim or even Peeta. The song is most likely from Katniss's perspective. She doesn't really believe what she is saying, but desperately wants to reassure the person she is addressing, reassuring herself in the process. She knows that there is a very slim chance of being "safe and sound" "come morning light", but she can't help but have hope.
"I remember those tears streaming down your face when I said I'll never let you go" - this either refers to Rue or Prim, Rue as she is dying and Prim as she is saying her goodbyes.
"Don't you dare look out your window/Darling everything's on fire". This refers to how Katniss wants to protect the person she is singing to, doesn't want them to know how bad things really are. This is something Katniss does repeatedly in the books - lies to people she cares about to protect them.
anonymous Apr 12th 2012, 23:01 report
Rues death definitely. Katniss is saying to rue that she will stay as she dies and everything's going to be alright
anonymous Apr 12th 2012, 04:37 report
i think this song links with many different relationships with the characters in the movie. like between prim and katniss - katniss was always trying tocomfort her and tried to win the games for her. Also between her and rue how she promised to protect her but when she died she knew she would never be hurt or scared again. and her relations with peeta and gale are similar but they change alot but some of the lyrics can link all of the emotions from different parts of the story. (btw im also talking about the other books as well as the movie - Read on if u havent already!!)
anonymous Apr 11th 2012, 13:35 report
I think that this is Katniss singing to Prim throughout the books, because it starts off with her saying that she can remember her crying - when she took her place in the games, and then she promises to win and that she'll be safe and sound, then in the chorus she is singing throughout the games, at night, whilst hunting, she is telling Prim that although she is far away, she is still there, and is safe. In the next verse, she is with prim and is describing the world at war again, she is telling Prim to never let her go and although there is war, that they will be safe together, it is also applicable whilst underground in District 13, whilst sheltering from the bombs, then she repeats agin that they will together be safe and that no-one can hurt her because she will protect Prim. Then, as she watches prim die, she tells her to hang on, and close her eyes, but missing out that the sun is going down and that no-one can hurt her, because they already have, but that she still will be safe, with all the others that have died, then it ends with her ooh-ing, letting Prim rest in peace.
anonymous Apr 11th 2012, 11:56 report
I think it's about Rue dying. It says don't look out your window, darling everything's on fire, which makes me think of in the games the forest is on fire and Katniss wants Rue to feel, well, safe and sound as she dies.
anonymous Apr 10th 2012, 23:28 report
I believe this song was meant to be for the Hunger Games, but, Taylor Swift also had another meaning. First of all, " I said I'd never let you go," what did Jesus' disciples say to him? Exactly that. Next, " Don't leave me here alone," when Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane he told his disciples to wait where they were and not to leave him alone.
Then the chorus, it is all about Jesus on the night he was going to go to the cross and that morning. Taylor is singing that he will be Safe & Sound.
It is very clear that the song is about Jesus.
anonymous Apr 9th 2012, 22:28 report
It is about someone (possibly katniss) leaving and not to be afraid and that tomorrow will be less painful either through death and heaven(prim or rue) or a new hope and that your safe with me and not to give up " war outside our door" means life's challenges and pain " hold on to this lullaby" means even if I am gone don't give up " just close your eyes the sun is going down" means sleep that you will be okay in morning
I know that the song is for the Hunger Games, but when I heard the name and saw the video, I honestly was reminded of war - it might just be because the Civil Wars were featured, but the more I think of it, the lyrics can relate to it. It's like, about a girl who was watching as the person she loved was being hurt, and she took him and watched over him and told him that he would be alright. The song makes my heart break for some reason. :)
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