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This song was first performed on August 18th, 2011 at Goodbye Blue Monday as part of The Bushwick Book Club's performance of songs inspired by George R.R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones." Ellia's intro. from that night -- "After reading the 4 books I also couldn't remember what happened in the first book so I went back, and I just took notes. I made a list.... it was like here are all the things you would want to include in a song about 'A Game of Thrones,' like you wouldn't want to leave this out, and then I pretty much just worked from that checklist."

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We sit in the godswood beneath the heart tree
Just me and my direwolf my direwolf and me
Some milk of the poppy would help ease the pain
It’s not a brief tale but I’ll try to explain

Go take the black said the king in the north
Join the night’s watch and prepare to set forth
A raven will carry a message to you
Dark wings bring dark words you’ll know what to do

At the edge of the world is a wall made of ice
And if you are wise you will take my advice
Run for your life flee the sight of the wall
For winter is coming to bury us all

Blue eyes and black hands live on after death
Beasts in the forest will stop all your breath

You’ll need a good horse and you’ll need a good sword
Your friends are all rapists and bastards and whores
Try to remember a couple of things
You owe your allegiance to cripples and kings


My mother said I should not have been born
Will I be redeemed by the oath I have sworn
Or will I betray all that I hold most dear
Will it even matter when winter is here



from The Bushwick Book Club presents "A Game of Thrones", track released August 18, 2011
Recorded by Sweet Soubrette.



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The Bushwick Book Club Brooklyn, New York

We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more

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