Battle of the Blackwater (song)

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The thus far unnamed song about the Battle of the Blackwater is a song written and performed by Galyeon of Cuy. As is Galyeon's reputation,[1] the song is long, counting seventy-seven verses.[2] It is about the events of the Battle of the Blackwater, and describes the valor of King Joffrey I Baratheon and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister.[2]

Lyrics

The dark lord brooded high in his tower, in a castle as black as the night.
Black was his hair and black was his soul,
He feasted on bloodlust and envy, and filled his cup full up with spite,

My brother once ruled seven kingdoms, he said to his harridan wife.
I'll take what was his and make it all mine. Let his son feel the point of my knife.
A brave young boy with hair of gold

The dark lord assembled his legions, they gathered around him like crows.
And thirsty for blood they boarded their ships...

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

To compete for the golden lute, Galyeon of Cuy sings the song at the wedding of King Joffrey I Baratheon and Lady Margaery Tyrell. In his performance, he is accompanied by six musicians. Tyrion Lannister believes that the song lasts so long that it feels like the song has a thousand verses. Sansa Stark is offended when Galyeon sings about Queen Regent Cersei Lannister's valor, insisting that Cersei never the things Galeyon sings about. Tyrion warns her not to believe anything she hears in a song, and proceeds to drink his way through the final twenty verses.[2]

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