"The Rains of Castamere" as written by Ramin Djawadi and George R. R. Martin....
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

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


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  • +6
    Song MeaningThe song is from novel Song of Ice and Fire (or more popular series Game of Thrones).
    It is a song referring a battle of Castamere, between the disobedient Lord Reyne of Castamere and his liege lord Tywin Lannister. The history here is that Rayne family were disrespectful to their liege lord of Tytos Lannister (Tywin’s father) by dissonance and ignoring to pay their loans or taxes. The sigil of House of Lannisters is the Lion, but also House of Reyne has red lion on their sigil (in Westeros is common protected families to have similar sigils as their liege lord’s houses).
    In the first part of the song the “proud lord” Reyne speaks to Tywin Lannister:
    And who are you 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.
    He is speaking ignorantly to his liege lord, referring that Lannisters are nothing more important than his House and their strength.

    However the song is written to hail the victory of Lannisters and in the next part of the song the verse refer the complete destruction of the House of Reyne
    But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
    with no one there to hear.
    Meaning literally his castle is destroyed, and the great hall (every castle has one of those) is over open sky, and no one is there meaning they are all dead.

    Refrences: gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/…
    igornon March 27, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionPerfect voice for an amazing song from an epic series.

    Nothing bad could possibly be said of this song. Honestly.
    corset queenon September 18, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOh, wow.

    This totally references A Game of Throne/A Song of Ice and Fire directly.

    Throughout the book, a song Rains of Castamere is referred to. You can infer that it about the Reyne family of Castamere bringing down Tywin Lannister's wrath for slighting their liege lord.

    The "lion still has it's claws" line, the "rains weep o'er his hall"

    I guess The National are ASOIAF fans!
    alcal24on December 06, 2012   Link

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