The Hold Steady Record Song For "Game Of Thrones"

Donovan Farley

by Donovan Farley

Published March 5, 2013

Brooklyn, NY band The Hold Steady have been enlisted by the creators of the ever popular HBO series Game Of Thrones to record "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" for the upcoming third season. This is the second time the realms of Westeros and Brooklyn have crossed paths, as The National recorded "The Rains Of Castemere" for the second season.

“As with the National, we went after one of our favorite bands and were happily surprised when they agreed to do it,” said showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “This is one of the most popular songs in Westeros, beloved by nobles and commoners alike, sung at taverns and feasts and etc. 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 Bear and the Maiden Fair" features lyrics by the novel's author George R.R. Martin and music by the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi and seems to be the type of rowdy sing along The Hold Steady have become known for. In addition to it's appearance on the show, the song will be released by the band on Record Store Day as a "7 with the song "Criminal Fingers". The new season of Game Of Thrones premieres March 31st on HBO.


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