The False and the Fair

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"The False and the Fair" is a song.

Partial Lyrics

The lord he came a-riding upon a rainy day,
hey-nonny, hey-nonny, hey-nonny-hey...
The lady sat a-sewing upon a rainy day,
hey-nonny, hey-nonny, hey-nonny-hey.

Hey-nonny, hey-nonny, hey-nonny-hey.

The lady lay a-kissing, upon a mound of hay,
hey-nonny, hey-nonny, hey-nonny-hey.[1]

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A Storm of Swords

The song is sung by Marillion before Lady Lysa Arryn attempts to throw her niece, Sansa Stark, out the Moon Door of the Eyrie.[1]

Behind the Scenes

The song may be inspired by the song of Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare:

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey, nonny nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo
Of dumps so dull and heavy.
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so, but let them go
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey, nonny nonny.

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.