The Rains of Castamere

Castles, sharp swords, knights and dragons, plotting and blood – The Game of Thrones series offers more than enough of all that. For the grim atmosphere of a song about punished rebellion, the deep and booming basses of the accordion are just perfect.

The Game of Thrones is thrilling, raw and bloody, but also exquisitely epic. Credits for that go to Ramin Djawadi, who composed the impressive and dramatic music including the song The Rains of Castamere, featuring vocalist Matt Berninger and The National group. The voice… and the violoncello…

The thrill has to be built step-by-step, so don’t hurry, use your most dramatic voice and focus on the dynamics and interpretation. Let the lyrics lead you: who ever would, after having listened to such a song, dare to rebel? Especially if you frown most ominously…


instructional recording
The Rains of Castamere


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.

article | Háta Kreisinger Komňacká
scores, instructional recording | Jindra Kelíšek
published on 03/11/2014