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Taylor Swift: Safe and Sound Meaning

Song Released: 2011

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Safe and Sound Lyrics

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...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2012 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.

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2012 report

    Rues death definitely. Katniss is saying to rue that she will stay as she dies and everything's going to be alright

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2012 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!!)

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2012 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.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2012 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.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 10th 2012 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.

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  7. anonymous
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    Apr 9th 2012 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

  8. Owen123
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    Apr 9th 2012 report

    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. :)

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2012 report

    Don't forget, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Lord of the Flies plus a plethora of other literary allusions including the consequences of a dysutopic society where the ellite make a debacle of the poor (the gladiators; ancient Rome)...oh, and the subtle banjo played when Katniss was most herself...AWSOME movie and will read the books, for sure!

    Only problem: teenaged girls behind me saying "OMG, I love her shoes" as Katniss steps accross the stage to take her sisters place...Really? Is this all the kids got from the story? Obviously English teachers aren't doing their job...nor are HISTORY teachers!!! Yikes!

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2012 report

    i think it's about how the love you have for a person can't go away even through hardships and death, in other words Katniss' love can survive through the pain and sorrow of the Hunger Games.

    Just what I think:)

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2012 report

    I think it's about Katniss is general. When i hear this song I see her singing this to Prim, Rue, and Peeta. The song (I think) is in her perspective, telling all of her loved ones when this is over they'll all be safe and sound.

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2012 report

    well i think its refering to peeta when she tries toget his medicine inthe hunger games. she could also be singing to rue while she is dying.because rue loved music.i guess i can see a bit of it being sang to prim but not really

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2012 report

    i think the first line is refering to prim "I remember tear streaming down your face when i said, i'll never let you go" and then "when all those shadows almost kill your light" could be peeta's hijacking, and the corus makes me think of rue. i think through out the song the reference switches.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2012 report

    The first verse this song can relate to Katniss’ promise of protecting Primrose on the day of the reaping and when she promises to come back safe from the Hunger Games when she volunteers for the reaping.
    The second verse can also relate to Katniss and Primrose by Katniss telling Primrose to not watch her in the arena because of the fact Katniss might end up dying and how she wants her sister to remember all the songs Katniss sang to her when she was a baby or sick. Then the final verse can symbolise Katniss Telling Prim that she will be alright because it is Katniss going into the arena not Prim.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2012 report

    I personally think that Taylor wrote it before the hunger games came out and that it was for something totally different but the directors liked the song and put it in the hunger games. I maybe wrong but I maybe right. And i am obsessed with hunger games.

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