Did you know that there was a soundtrack for the Game of Thrones?
Really? Cuz I had no clue. Thanks to Vulture for the heads up on that one.
But turns out that there is a soundtrack and for season 2, they got the band The National to sing the “Rains of Castamere”, which tells the story of the Castamere Rebellion, by the House Reyne that put down by one Tywin Lannister himself.
The rebellion, which was actually against Tytos Lannister, Tywin’s father, resulted in the utter destruction of House Reyne and House Tarbeck (Reyne’s partner in the rebellion). One would imagine that Tywin’s reputation for being a ruthless SOB started early.
Lyrics to the song’s refrain are as follows:
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
Nice and depressing, just as good ol’ George RR would have it.
Here’s The Nationals singing it, with the proper dirge-like setting:
Not GoT related, but I love The National’s song and video for Conversation 16, starring two very recognizable TV peoples: