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 Jan 23rd, 2012 1:08pm report
When I listened to this song for the very first time, I was very touched and thought it was the lullaby Katniss sang to Rue when she was killed, even it's not the same lyrics. But in the song from the book, we can see "close your sleepy eyes" and "Here it's safe", and that's not very far from the lyrics of "Safe and Sound".
Then I thougt that it can be a song for Peeta and Katniss, because of the sentence "You and I'll be safe and sound", and we can have two winners only if they come from the same District, like Katniss and Peeta.
And now... I think that it's a song for all the children that must fight and die for the Hunger Games, because each one of them want to survive without staying alone. That's the case of Katniss and Rue, and then Katniss and Peeta, but it was the case of many other children, that we don't now. It's a song that represent perfectly how the Hunger Games are crual and sad...
PS : Sorry if I made some mistakes when I wrote this text, but I'm French and I'm still learning your beautiful language. ^^'
anonymous Dec 25th, 2011 12:11am report
I definetly think this is the song katniss sings to rue as she is dying, and it is beautiful and touching. The beginning talks about how katniss promises to protect rue, and she realizes she failed. "the sun is going down" and " just close your eyes" mean rue is dying. No one can Hirt her because she'll be dead in te morning. Katniss is also promising to keep fighting.. "for rue".
anonymous Jan 27th, 2012 1:30am report
I think the meaning of this song is for two friends. One is in a lot of pain and trouble and the other friend is comforting him/her. When it says "when all those shadows almost killed your light" its means all those people around you aree trying to put you down. And when it says " just close your eyes the sun is gowing down you'll be alright you and ill be safe and sound" it means don't worry everything will be alright. And "don't you dare look out your window darling everythings on fire the war out side keeps ragging on" means don't pay attention to all the people around you that cause you harm. Finally when it says "hold onto this lullaby even when the musics gone" means when your ready to give up and you have lost all hope remember this song and believe. Well anyways this song reminds me of one of my good friend. Shes always going thro a hard time and I told her to listen to this song because it reminded me of her.
anonymous Aug 19th, 8:03pm report
I personally think that it's about Katniss and Prim. "I remember tears streaming down your face" is when Prim was crying when Katniss volunteered and "when I said I'll never let go" before the reapings when Katniss was telling Prim she wouldn't get picked. "When all those shadows almost killed your life" when Prim chose then the next line "I remember you said don't leave me here alone" how Katniss promised Prim she would win for her. "But all that's dead and gone, tonight" implying that it already happened. And the chorus "Just close your eyes, you'll be alright. Come morning light you and I will be safe and sound" is how Katniss would calm Prim down and say that you'll be safe and sound. "Don't you dare look out your window, darling everything's on fire" it's like a way of saying that nothing outside is going well and it's all on fire. "The war outside our door keeps raging on" in the third book there's a war.
"Hold on to this lullaby" Katniss would sing to Prim to call her down from a nightmare "even when the music's gone, gone" in the first book Rue told Katniss that in her district they would rely on singing to help them through the day. Singing was probably used for the same thing for some other districts so what the line is implying is that even when music's gone still be strong.
Now this is just my opinion on the song Safe and Sound so don't make a mountain out if a molehill because if it.
anonymous Jun 23rd, 6:23am report
I think this song is about Prim because just before the reaping Katniss gives Prim a mockingjay pin and tells her "As long as you have it, you'll be safe." Relevant to the title safe and sound. Also, when she sings to Prim at the beginning of the book/film its because she can't get to sleep. "Just close your eyes, you'll be all right." Katniss' song to Rue is to help her die softly but NOT relevant to quotes like this "Don't you look out the window, darling everythings on fire."
anonymous May 13th, 5:35pm report
I think that it's about Katniss think about how everything started while looking at district 12 after the Capital bombed it. In the friar verse it's talking about how she volunteered for Prim when she was reaped and then when it says "...but all that's dead and gone and passed..." implying that it happened a long time ago. Then it says "Don't you dare look out your window, darling everything's on fire, the war outside our widow keeps raging on" implying that it's during the 3rd book with the war. And when it says "Just close your eyes, the sun is going down, you'll be alright, no one can hurt you now" it's implying that all is well no more bad things in the world can hurt so just close your eyes. So as you see I think that it's about the war in the 3rd book and after it. But that's just my suggestion.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2013 9:50pm report
Every time I hear this song I envision a woman and her child inside their home which she has set ablaze. She sings the lullaby to calm the child as it is burning down. This is how "no one can hurt you now" as on the other side "you and I'll be safe and sound. Beautiful, sad, and eerie.
anonymous Apr 6th, 2013 4:54pm report
I, for one, think this song is about Katniss and Prim. The first verse must be referring to the reaping, and the second is about the war. "Don't you dare look out your window, darling everything's on fire" is about the bombs the capitol dropped in the rebelling districts, and the "hold on to this lullaby even when music's gone" is talking about the song she sang about the hanged man, I think. The chorus might be talking about Katniss's desire to keep Prim safe from harm and danger, therefore saying "You and I'll be safe and sound". That's my opinion, anyway, and I read all three of the books, but I could be wrong. We all have our different views, and this is mine. :)
anonymous Jan 3rd, 2013 1:20pm report
I can understand why everyone is interpreting this as a song between Rue and Katniss, but as touching as that moment is, the entire series doesn't revolve around. I think that it's between Katniss and Peeta. Because remember in the cave after Katniss found him by the river? Well, she was going to get the medicine, and he didn't want her to go. "I remember the tears streaming down your face when I said I'd never let you go." Sure, she wasn't crying, but it must've meant something to her. And then when she gave him the sleep syrup, "Just close your eyes." And in the morning, when he woke up after the medicine took effect, they'd be Safe and Sound. Then to the second book. The uprising, and then the second 75th Hunger Games where she has to kill past victors, and although friends were made, others were lost. "Curled up to this lullaby." Not an actual lullaby, but the sound of the Mockingjays from the trees that imitated Prim's screams, probably also brought back bittersweet memories of Rue. Then the third book, although everything is over toward the end. They have their happy ending c:
anonymous Dec 7th, 2012 12:45pm report
A lot of the entries refer to Katniss and Rue, but I personally believe that this is a song that fits with Katniss and Prim. I believe she is trying to comfort her and assure her that it is a violent and cruel world outside of district 12. But for now, they are safe, and that they will always have each other.
anonymous Nov 7th, 2012 11:45am report
i think its about peeta and katniss when he tells he dont go outside to get the medicine for him but she does its the best song for the hunger games and when it will be safe in the morning reffering to the games will be ended tommorow.
anonymous Nov 4th, 2012 11:50pm report
Ok I think this is about Rue. The lyrics of Safe and Sound are close to the lyrics of the lullaby Katmiss sings to Rue in the book. Also lullabies are usually for young children not Peetas. Aka people Peetas age. The don't look outside part refers to " there's still killing going on but don't pay attention because you're dying.
anonymous Sep 26th, 2012 9:41pm report
when i first heard this song i thought for sure it was Katniss singing to peeta when they were in the cave together, then as i learned more about the lyrics i now definitely think this song is meant to represent Katniss singing to rue as she was dying and she was telling rue that "no one can hurt you now" because she would be gone by morning and no one could cause her harm.
anonymous Sep 17th, 2012 9:43am report
I think its about rue and katniss rue says dontleave me here alone and this is at dusk "just close your eyes the sun is going down" rue wanted her to sing Her a lullaby "hold onto this lullaby even the musics gone" and "just close your eyes" means its ok don't be afraid "the sun is going down" means rue died
anonymous Sep 14th, 2012 9:54pm report
I think, that is a new version of the Katniss song of mocking jaw, the last, and the video have mashups with the hang tree(sorry i dont know the name in english, only in spanish, this is literary translated)and the video represents katniss feeling and thoughts with every person and herself, and taylor represents... Prim as a ghost watching all.
anonymous Sep 10th, 2012 9:01am report
The Hunger Games are now over for good and It is from Katniss's point of view (talking about her experience), maybe even Prim's(remembering seeing Katniss in the Hunger Games). But maybe it is saying that it is safe now for the children of the districts and it is about the aftermath of the Hunger Games and saying how everything will be ok again and it is safe now
That is what I believe the lyrics are about.
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