The Bear and the Maiden Fair

I’m a little later than usual on posting the poem of the day. I MAY have gotten caught up in all of the Game of Throne posts on Tumblr. Maybe. Ok….I did. There were so many! But that’s to expected since Season 4 started back up again last night. And if you go to my Tumblr blog, you’re going to see a LOT of posts from me. I can’t help it. I’m addicted. The books were great, and in my opinion, are even better as a show. The characters needed to be brought alive.

In honor of the season premier, I decided to post the song from last season. On a lyrical level, it’s nothing special, but it’s quite fun. For those of you who are fans of GOT, you’ll recognize it from Brienne’s fight with the bear, and also Sansa’s wedding. I’m pretty sure they played it at the Red Wedding too.

The Bear and the Maiden Fair

A bear there was, a bear, a bear!
All black and brown, and covered with hair!
Oh, come, they said, oh come to the fair!
The fair? Said he, but I’m a bear!
All black, and brown, and covered with hair!

And down the road from here to there.
From here! To there!
Three boys, a goat, and a dancing bear!
They danced and spun, all the way to the fair!

Oh, sweet she was, and pure, and fair!
The maid with honey,
In her hair! Her hair!
The maid with honey in her hair!

He smelled the scent on the summer air!
The bear! The bear!
All black and brown and covered with hair!
He smelled the scent on the summer air!
He sniffed and roared and smelled it there!
Honey on the summer air!

Oh, I’m a maid, and I’m pure and fair!
I’ll never dance with a hairy bear!
A bear! A bear!
I’ll never dance with a hairy bear!
He lifted her high into the air!
The bear! The bear!

I called for a knight, but you’re a bear!
A bear! A bear!
All black and brown and covered with hair!
She kicked and wailed, the maid so fair,
But he licked the honey from her hair!
Her hair! Her hair!

Then she sighed and squealed and kicked the air!
My bear! She sang. My bear so fair!
And off they went, from here to there,
The bear, the bear, and the maiden fair.

 

–George RR Martin

Also, if you want to hear what it sounds like, Hold Steady did a rock version.

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