According to the 22-year-old singer, it was a relief to put herself in Katniss Everdeen's shoes. "Slipping into her mind was such a wonderful break," Taylor says of writing from the character's point of view. "It's pretty intense writing about my own life, my own struggles. It was almost like a vacation to get to write from someone else's perspective."
Taylor's song 'Eyes Open' recently leaked, revealing a rock vibe that fans aren't used to hearing from the country star. By the same token, Tay shows off a darker, brooding side on 'Safe & Sound,' which came out of a two-hour writing session with the Civil Wars at soundtrack producer T Bone Burnett's studio last fall.
"The Civil Wars had a show that night in L.A.," Taylor adds. "So they raced right over to T Bone's house. There's so many things he could've done production-wise to make that song bigger sonically than it is, but I think that would have possibly been a mistake. For him to have left the song as a lullaby is brilliant."
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