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The Hold Steady recorded a song for HBO’s Game of Thrones

on March 05, 2013, 2:30pm

hold steady got The Hold Steady recorded a song for HBOs Game of Thrones

The Hold Steady are the latest act to tour the grizzled lands of Westeros. As Entertainment Weekly reports, the Brooklyn outfit have followed the brave footsteps of their neighbors The National and recorded a song for the highly-anticipated third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Written by George R.R. Martin with music by the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” is a “boisterous tavern song” about one famed furry beast that tries to win over a maiden’s heart at, well, the fair. As is typical of most classic maidens, she was hoping for a knight.

“This is one of the most popular songs in Westeros, beloved by nobles and commoners alike, sung at taverns and feasts and etc.,” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss told EW. “We wanted our rendition to be bawdy and a little sloppy — drunken musicians getting up on the table and jamming while the rowdy party continues around them. There was no one better for the job than the Hold Steady, and the song they delivered has been stuck in our heads for the last four weeks.”

The track will be available on an exclusive 7″ record that hits stores on Saturday, April 20th, aka Record Store Day. It will also include the B-side, “Criminal Fingers”.

Below, read the (rather lengthy) lyrics for the song and watch the exciting trailer for season three shortly after. Also, for any questions, follow our resident GoT expert Dan Pfleegor (@Pfactotum) and ask away.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO Sunday, March 31st at 9 p.m. EST.

“The Bear and the Maiden Fair” Lyrics:

“A bear there was,”
“A bear, A BEAR!
“All black and brown,”
“And covered with hair!

“Oh come they said,”
“Oh come to the fair!”
“The fair? said he,
“But I’m a bear!”
“All black and brown,”
“And covered in hair!”

“And down the road,”
“From here to there,”
“From here!To there!”
“Three boys, a goat,”
“And a dancing bear!”
“They danced and spun,”
“All the way to the fair!”

“Oh! sweet she was,”
“And pure and fair,”
“The maid with honey,”
“In her hair! Her hair,”
“The maid with honey,”
“in her hair!”

The bear smelled the scent,
“On the summer air!”
“The Bear! The Bear!”
“All black and brown,”
“And covered with hair!”
“He smelled the scent,”
“On the summer air,”
“He sniffed and roared,”
“And smelled it there!”
“Honey on the summer air!”

“Oh I’m a maid,”
“And I’m pure and fair,”
“I’ll never dance,”
“With a hairy bear,”
“A bear! A bear!”
“I’ll never dance,”
“With a hairy bear!”

“The bear,the bear!”
“Lifted her high,”
into the air!”
The bear, the bear!”

“I called for a knight!”
“But you’re a bear!”
“A bear! A bear,”
“All black and brown,”
“And cover in hair!”

“She kicked and wailed,”
“The maid so fair,”
“But he licked the honey,”
“From her hair!”
“Her hair! Her hair!”
“He licked the honey,”
“From her hair!”

“Then she sighed and squealed,”
“And kicked the air,”
“She sang: My bear so fair,”
“And off they went,”
“The bear! The bear!”
“And the maiden fair!”

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Mathieu Audet
March 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

You should definitely check Irish Moutarde’s celtic rock version of The Bear and the Maiden Fair!

Dan Pfleegor
March 12, 2013 at 3:07 am

Well done! Season 3 is coming.

Dan Pfleegor
March 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Rumor in Westros is that this song is about oral sex. Read the lyrics. Think about it.