Hunger Games hero Katniss Everdeen's haunting folk song, "The Hanging Tree," is now streaming online as it will appear on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 score album. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Everdeen in the film series, sings the song over arrangement by composer James Newton and the Lumineers.
"The idea for the song came from the book...[author] Suzanne Collins wrote the lyrics and the idea was that it was an old Appalachian folk song that her father had taught her," director Francis Lawrence said during an interview with AOL BUILD. ""So I knew we needed a melody like that. And the Lumineers had written a really beautiful song for the Catching Fire soundtrack, and I thought they could probably tackle something like that if they were interested. So I called them up...and the next day they sent me a recording of somebody whistling the tune and also a woman singing it. And it was perfect."