Capo Lesson : Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars

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Written By Sarah Barlow

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Even those not familiar with Taylor Swift who have seen ‘The Hunger Games’ will recognise this song. Taylor Swift is not afraid of using capos by any means and its use can be found on many of her songs including Love Story, Mean, You Belong With Me and many others. Maybe the use is to bring the key of her songs up to her vocal range or simply she may just enjoy the brighter sound a capo can bring to guitar music. Personally I believe the latter.

Released December 23rd, 2011. Taylor took a less than typical approach of announcing the release of the song via Twitter with a download link to iTunes. The song title immediately became a top trending term on twitter. A good use of social media there as sales hit 136’000 in the first two days.

In the video below, we can see John Paul White from the Civil Wars positions the Capo up to the 7th Fret, so without further nonsense from myself, here is the video, tablature and tutorial videos for you to learn this tune in no time.

Tablature and Chords for Safe and Sound

Position your guitar CAPO on the 7th Fret

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(play 2x for intro and through verses)
e/-------0h1-1--------------1---------------------------|
B/-------3----------1-------1------------------------1--|
G/-----2------------2-------0h2-2-2-0---0--------0------|
D/---0-----------2--2-------3-----------0h2--2----------|
A/-------------0------------3-----------3------3---3----|
E/--------------------------x---------------------------|
And here are the chords:
Dm                          Am
I remember tears streaming down your face
        F                      C
When I said, I'll never let you go
  Dm                       Am             F      C
When all those shadows almost killed your light
  Dm        Am              F             C
I remember you said, Don't leave me here alone
  Dm                     Am               F      pause
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight
CHORUS:
F                   C
  Just close your eyes
     G             F
The sun is going down
            C
You'll be alright
    G               F
No one can hurt you now
               C
Come morning light
G                 F        Am
You and I'll be safe and sound
Riff x2
e|------0h1-1---------------------------------------|
B|------3---------1---1---1--1--1--1-----------1----|
G|--2---2-----2---2---0h2----2--0--0--------0-------|
D|--0-0-------2-0-----3------3--3--0h2--2-----------|
A|--0---------0-------3------3--3--3------3--3------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Dm              Am                     F
Don't you dare look out your window darling
                 C
Everything's on fire
Dm                   Am                F     C
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Dm      Am     F     C
Hold onto this lullaby
Dm            Am        F       F
Even when the music's gone    gone
CHORUS
F         C         Am         Dm
Ooooh    Oooooh     Ahhhhh    Ahhhhhh
F         C         Am         Dm
Ooooh    Oooooh     Ahhhhh    Ahhhhhh
(This last chorus is picked... so you can play it like this or with the chords)
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|--1---1---1---1-----1---1----3-------------------|
G|--2---2---2---2-----0-----0--0----------0--------|
D|--3--3---3---3---3--2--2-----0--0-----0----------|
A|--3-----------------3-------------0h2------------|
E|-----------------------------3-------------------|
                       OR
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|--1---1---1---1-----1---1----3-----3-------------|
G|--2---2---2---2-----0-----0--0-----0-------------|
D|--3--3---3---3---3--2--2-----0--0--0--0----------|
A|--3-----------------3--------------2-------------|
E|-----------------------------3-------------------|
F                   C     G
  Just close your eyes
F               C     G
  You'll be alright
F                C
  Come morning light,
G                F         Am
You and I'll be safe and sound...

And a final tutorial Video…

capo lesson taylor swift the civil wars tutorial