The Civil Wars have had a chat with American Songwriter about working on Safe and Sound, the first track released from The Hunger Games companion album. Joy Williams and John Paul White discuss their new song and what it was like collaborating with producer T Bone Burnett.
“We had an amazingly soulful, organic, productive time with him,” notes Williams — the duo recently teamed with the producer on a couple of unnamed projects. “So we were honored when we were asked to collaborate with him and Taylor Swift. We had a great session, surprisingly fast. So fast, we were able to hop into T-Bone’s bedroom studio, put down an acoustic track and some vocals before heading to our show at The Wiltern.”
John Paul White also shared his pride in the track. ““We would’ve never guessed the song would become the lead single for the film,” he tells Paste. “That didn’t matter to us—we were just proud of it. Each of our fingerprints was indelibly there. Within the time frame of a month, this song went from thin air, to a computer near you.”
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In the meantime Taylor Swift tweeted this picture of the lyrics to Safe and Sound she wrote on a shell.
If you haven’t heard Safe and Sound – or you just want to listen to it again - here it is: