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May 29, 2012

'The Rains of Castamere' by The National

Anyone who is reading or has read the 'A Song of Ice & Fire' book series by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones for people who only watch the TV show) knows what a stickler for details. one of the things he is known for is including songs that the different families and people of the 7 Kingdoms sing. Martin frequently puts whole verses of his songs into the narrative text of the books to drive home how important these songs are to the relaying of history in a time long before published books were prevalent. While songs like 'The Bear and the Maiden Fare' & 'The Song of the Seven' serve to relive some past battle or tell a story, one of the songs sticks out for its shear viciousness and malice. This song is 'The Rains of Castamere', which details how the Lannisters destroyed a whole family of nobles who rebelled against their power. Now hipster faves The National have sung a version for the Season 2 soundtrack, and it sounds as spooky and ominous as I would have thought it should. Check out the full song after the jump and remember a Lannister always pays his debts...

1 comment:

  1. SICK!!! Thought it was done for the show, having obviously not read the book.