“Hunger Games” Gives Taylor a Break—From Her Own Life

“It was almost like a vacation to get to write from someone else’s perspective,” she says.

Taylor Swift has been writing about her own life for her hits from the very start. Drew looks at me, and I fake a smile so he won't see, she sang in "Teardrops on My Guitar." Yep, she really has an ex-boyrfriend named Drew. Yep, there are critics who really have been "Mean."

It can get exhausting to dig through your own emotions and painful experiences to create music.

So when Taylor had the chance to jump into someone else's mind to write some songs? Holiday! And that's what happened when Taylor wrote two songs for the soundtrack for big-buzz movie The Hunger Games, which opens March 23. Taylor writes from the perspective of the main character, Katniss, a teen girl who has to literally fight other teen girls to the death.

"Slipping into her mind was such a wonderful break," Taylor tells Rolling Stone magazine. "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."

The soundtrack is out Tuesday (March 20), but the Taylor/Civil Wars song "Safe & Sound" has already been released. Next up is Taylor's rocking "Eyes Open" track, which has leaked onto the Internet.



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