10. The Rains of Castamere
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,
with not a soul to hear.
Perhaps one of the most famous songs of Westeros, 'The Rains of Castamere,' immortalizes the victory of the Lannisters and destruction of House Reyne which no longer exists, the song is also known simply as the 'Lannister Song.' This battle was sparked after they rebelled against their liege Lord, Tytos Lannister who was viewed as weak by his own vassals. However, it wasn't Tytos who lead the attack against House Reyne, but his son, Tywin Lannister, who wished to restore the dominance of House Lannister. Also, the Reynes also carried the sigil of a Lion, whilst theirs was red rather than the Lannister's golden Lion, thus the rebellion is also known as the Clash of Lions. At the beginning of it all, Tywin Lannister marched against Lord Reyne, to end his life, which he did. By the end of the rebellion, all the members of Reyne had been executed and their home, Castamere, had been burnt to the ground. The title of the song is a simple play of words, as the 'rains' fall over the empty halls of Castamere. This referring to the Reynes who all died, falling (like rain) in defeat.