"Safe & Sound" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Haunting, clean ballad from The Hunger Games soundtrack.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 30 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

This track includes a positive message about being there for someone you care about.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song encourages listeners to support the people they love.


One line about war: "Everything's on fire, the war outside our door keeps raging on."


First single from The Hunger Games soundtrack.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Safe & Sound" follows the typical Taylor Swift approach by including no profanity or mature content beyond one fleeting reference to war. It's the first single from The Hunger Games Soundtrack, and may interest kids who are fans of the book or movie. With a supportive message about protecting someone you love, it's yet another solid, kid-friendly song by the country superstar.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNathan D. July 13, 2014

Taylor Swift is safe & Sound

Taylor Swift's song Safe & Sound is age appropriate and there is only one violence line since it was from the movie The Hunger Games and the line... Continue reading
Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 February 24, 2012

good song

i love talor and all of her music and this song is no difrent i love it too and cant wait to see the hunger games
Teen, 13 years old Written byMissdnme September 2, 2016

Helps Emotional Children

This is one of the few song I can sing and calm my younger sister down, I recommend it to a ton of parents, classmates, and others whom have siblings/children w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymikethespike451 July 15, 2015

Made me cry!

It talked about war! This song is a great song and is way waaaaaaay WAAAAAAAYY better then those pOop-culture songs or those cRAP songs! This song made me cry b... Continue reading

What's the story?

"SAFE & SOUND" is the first single off the soundtrack for the film The Hunger Games, the initial installment in the uber-popular young adult book series. Sung by country star Taylor Swift, the ballad includes a lot of what Swift is known for: very clean lyrics that describe a strong relationship in which one person demonstrates support for the other.

Is it any good?

Folk duo The Civil Wars gives a guest performance in this hauntingly beautiful ballad, featuring beautiful harmonies and Swift singing at her best. The mature sound definitely suits her, perhaps providing a glimpse into a bright future for the soon-to-be-a-grownup star.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Taylor Swift would want to have a song featured in The Hunger Games movie. What does she get out of it? How does the movie benefit?

  • Swift has been known for having high-profile romances with guys who ultimately let her down. How does this song represent her feelings on the subject?

  • Does listening to the song make you think about The Hunger Games? How does the song's sound fit the story's tone?

Music details

  • Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Release date: January 9, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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