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Taylor Swift Goes Barefoot in the Woods in ‘Safe and Sound’ Video

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Taylor Swift‘s ‘Safe & Sound’ is the first song from ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack, and the accompanying video features Swift walking in the barren woods, wearing a loose-fitting white dress. She’s ditched her signature glam ringlets and lipstick and looks like a Plain Jane as she navigates a lonely trail. It’s winter and there are no leaves on the trees. Swift is singing and looking around in apprehension as she walks through the desolate landscape on bare feet, no less. It’s easily one of Swift’s artsy-est videos of her career, and she doesn’t utilize much in the way of plot or props to effectively tell the story.

The song features the Civil Wars and they appear in the video, as well. They are performing in a cabin, far away from the solo and somewhat scared Swift. It feels like another time, in another land.

It’s an uncharacteristically maudlin song for Swift, but given the content of the book and film (about teenagers who battle to the death on TV via a lottery system), it’s darkly fitting. Surprisingly, there is no footage from the film interspersed in the video. It’s 95 percent Swift, 5 percent the Civil Wars.

Swift eventually makes her way into an abandoned house, still singing and looking around wistfully. She encounters deer, lays on the ground, cradles flowers and makes us “hunger” for more. She’s a little girl lost and it’s a captivating three minutes.

Watch the Taylor Swift ‘Safe and Sound’ Video Featuring the Civil Wars

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