Saturday, January 23, 2021

Jenny of Oldstones

High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most
The ones who'd been gone for so very long
She couldn't remember their names
They spun her around on the damp old stones
Spun away all her sorrow and pain
And she never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave
They danced through the day
And into the night through the snow that swept through the hall
From winter to summer then winter again
'Til the walls did crumble and fall
And she never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave.

The song was imagined and mentioned by George R.R. Martin in one of the Song of Ice and Fire books. The producers of the Game of Thrones TV series had Ramin Djawadi, who wrote a lot of the show's music, write a tune, and they expanded the lyrical hints provided by Martin into this song.

Version sung by Podrick Payne in the episode "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," which simplifies the tune.

Florence and the Machine version, closer to the way Djawadi wrote it.

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