According to Entertainment Weekly, American indie rock band The Hold Steady have recorded “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” for Game of Thrones . The lyrics of the song appear in A Storm of Swords, and Ramin Djawadi has composed music for the show version.
According to executive producers David Benioff and D.B. 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.”
EW also reports that they are “sworn to secrecy in regards to how the song will be used,” and that it’s not necessarily where ASOIAF fans might believe it would be sung. The song will be released on April 20 to promote Record Store Day.
Ours is the Fury: I’m not surprised the show decided to use a similar tactic in creating “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” since using The National to record “The Rains of Castamere” was a hit last year. I am curious as to where the song will pop up on the show, since we had previously heard of one instance in filming when the extras sang it.