Just when you thought Game of Thrones Season 2, Episode 9: "Blackwater" couldn't get any better, the credits started rolling, and the haunting strains of a single voice started up. TV fans were riveted, book fans were sent into spasms of glee, and everyone immediately wanted to listen again.
So what was the song? It was, as book fans quickly realized, "The Rains of Castamere," a ballad from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series that commemorates Tywin Lannister's defeat of a rebellion by House Reyne of Castamere. This is old history by the time of the show, but the song became a favorite of the Lannisters, and comes up in several key scenes in the book.
In "Blackwater," we first hear it from Bronn, who sings the song while drinking and partying with the City Watch before the battle begins. The version you hear over the credits is by indie rock band The National.
Here are the lyrics to the song, which tell the tale of a rebellious lord who thinks he shouldn't have to bow down to the lions. He is proved very, very wrong when the Lannisters destroy his entire House.
And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear
Listen to the song here.
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