Listen to Jennifer Lawrence's Haunting Song in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1'

by Jackie Willis 5:10 AM PST, November 24, 2014
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Turns out, Katniss can carry a tune.

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence sings "The Hanging Tree," a song that was arranged by James Newton and "Hey Ho" band The Lumineers. The moment comes when Katniss finds herself in the war-ridden District 12 -- her former home lost to the Capital's retaliation following the Mockingjay's defiance in the previous film.

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"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 of the song 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."

The 24-year-old star confessed to Late Show host David Letterman earlier this month that singing in front of people is one of her biggest fears. "I cried on set that day and apparently I'm crying all the time," she said. "I'm like scarred from my childhood because I have a Southern mother who would just tell me that I was amazing at everything, that I could do everything. But, I can't."

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Lawrence also joked during her cameo on Woody Harrelson's Saturday Night Live monologue that her singing voice sounds like a "a deer that has been caught in a fence." We disagree, JLaw.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 score album drops today, Nov. 24. Lorde's curated pop soundtrack for the film has already been released.

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As a bonus, here's more of the actress' hilarious chat with Letterman, below.