The Hunger Games – Deep In The Meadow [Rue’s Lullaby]

PDF File Download: The Hunger Games – Deep in the Meadow NAF Tab

Original Composer: Lyrics by Suzanne Collins, music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett, sang by Sting.

Technical notes: Requires use of cross-fingering and half-holing. Play on an NAF in the key of D if you wish to accompany the original track.

About: A lullaby that Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the Hunger Games series, used to sing to her younger sister Prym when she was ill. When taking part in her first Hunger Games, Katniss sadly witnesses the mortal wounding of another character who requests she sing to her to comfort her. Racking her brains, Katniss recalls and sings this beautiful lullaby as her friend slips away in her arms.
Jennifer Lawrence sings a small part of this in the first Hunger Games film and a version of the song also appears on the soundtrack The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 within the last track ‘There Are Worse Games to Play.’ The version I transcribed from was sang by Sting and appears as a bonus track on the album The Hunger Games – Songs from District 12 and Beyond.

On Playing: There is a lot of cross fingering involved on the lower three holes – perhaps it’s just as well it’s such a slow and gentle song! On those lower holes, there’s quite a lot of jumps between hole 2 covered with 1 and three open, to 1 and 3 closed with hole 2 open, so it will be of benefit to spend a little time working on that transition alone before attempting the whole piece. The half-hole occurs on the bottom hole only, and is a jump from that last fingering discussed, so again, spend some time on it to get used to it.
With the line ‘Here it’s safe, and here it’s warm‘ it wasn’t possible to reach that lowest note on ‘warm’ with the NAF, so I transposed it up an octave to fit within the instrument’s range – I quite like the effect, actually!
If you’ve listed to both versions of the lullaby, you’ll notice the phrasing and melody is slightly different between the two, but it’s easy enough to work out the Mockingjay version from the tab I’ve provided if you prefer it.

Listen to the track on YouTube:

Lyrics:
Deep in the meadow, under the willow
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow
Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes
And when again they open, the sun will rise.

Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.

Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away.

Here it’s safe and here it’s warm
And here the daisies guard you from every harm
And here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.

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2 thoughts on “The Hunger Games – Deep In The Meadow [Rue’s Lullaby]

  1. Dear Laura,

    Thank you! I truly appreciate your generosity in sharing your tabs. The background story and playing tips are a wonderfully helpful addition!

    Best Wishes, Roberta

    On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 1:06 PM, Featherwind Flute wrote:

    > Featherwind Flute posted: “PDF File Download: The Hunger Games – Deep in > the Meadow NAF Tab Original Composer: Lyrics by Suzanne Collins, music by T > Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett, sang by Sting. Technical notes: Requires > use of cross-fingering and half-holing. Play on an NA” >

    • Thankyou for your kind words Roberta! I’m so pleased to know that others are finding the tab enjoyable, and I’m glad to hear the background stories and playing tips prove useful too. Happy fluting to you! :)

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