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Published on Apr 2, 2015
One of the best scenes in Hunger Games! Katniss Everdeen singing The Hanging Tree song.
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"The Hanging Tree" is a song performed by composer James Newton Howard for the 2014 film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third installment of The Hunger Games film series.
The song did not appear on the original official soundtrack album for the film, but was added during the digital re-release of the official soundtrack for the film. the lyrics were written by The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and originally appeared in her novel Mockingjay. The music was composed by Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of American indie folk band The Lumineers. Following its release, "The Hanging Tree" debuted in the top 40 of the singles charts of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The song was released to American hot adult contemporary radio stations on December 15, 2014.
A remixed version of the song was released to contemporary hit radiostations on December 9, 2014 and is used as an official song for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Katniss Everdeen performs the song in the film. In the story's context, it is a song that Katniss learned from her father, and is used as abattlecry
Jennifer Lawrence stated in an interview that she was nervous about singing the song for the film as she finds it uncomfortable to sing in front of people. She suggested to the producers that they should get Lorde to sing it and she would lip sync it.