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Ballad of the Forresters is a song written and performed by Talia Forrester as a tribute to her twin brother Ethan.

HistoryEdit

"The Lost Lords"Edit

After her twin brother Ethan is murdered in cold blood by Ramsay Snow, Talia Forrester writes this song as a tribute to him, and sings it at the funeral held for him and their father Gregor.[1]

"Sons of Winter"Edit

When Ramsay is in the great hall as Rodrik at the end of episode talking with Talia, he mentions that he heard she sang a touching song about her dead brother, and questions if he's in it. He then asks to hear it, but Talia refuses.

LyricsEdit

There are several version of the lyrics, depending on as Ethan's final dialogue options, which are choosing to grab Talia, 'let her go', 'take me instead', and '...', as well as extended version in the credits of the episode.

Talia's ballad, [Grab Talia]

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return.
Father, brother I've sworn, I've sworn,
To guard this rest you've earned.
I'd bare my neck to Ilyn Payne,
And swim the Shivering Sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
Snow grabbed me from my mother's grasp,
To claim me as his prize.
Ethan freed me from Ramsay's clasp,
The rival lords locked eyes, the rival lords locked eyes.
Fight on, fight on, Ethan the Brave,
Old Gods bare steel with you.
Our lord, my twin, a hero's grave.
So iron grows anew,
Still iron grows anew

Talia's ballad, Let her go!

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return.
Father, brother I've sworn, I've sworn,
To guard this rest you've earned.
I'd bare my neck to Ilyn Payne,
And swim the Shivering Sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
His final words, faced with the sword,
Chilled Ramsay to the bone.
You will not have her, I am Lord,
And I protect my own!
Fight on, fight on, Ethan the Brave,
Old Gods bare steel with you.
Our lord, my twin, a hero's grave.
So iron grows anew,
Still iron grows anew

Talia's ballad, Take me instead.

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return.
Father, brother I've sworn, I've sworn,
To guard this rest you've earned.
I'd bare my neck to Ilyn Payne,
And swim the Shivering Sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
His final words, faced with the sword,
Cut short the bastards' breath,
Take me as hostage oh my lord!
He saved us all from death.
Fight on, fight on, Ethan the Brave,
Old Gods bare steel with you.
Our lord, my twin, a hero's' grave.
So iron grows anew,
Still iron grows anew.

Talia's ballad, [...]"

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return,
Father, brother we mourn, we mourn,
These family trees we've burned.
I'd bare my neck to Ilyn Payne
And swim the Shivering Sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
When Ramsay claimed me for his ward,
Ethan spurred the tyrant,
My brother's clam defied our lord,
Ethan strong and silent.
Watch on, watch on, Ethan the Wise,
Old Gods be one with you.
Our Lord, my kin and an old soul dies.
So iron grows anew,
Still iron grows anew.

Extended credit version, [Grab Talia]

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return.
Father, brother, I've sworn, I've sworn,
To guard this rest you've earned.
May kings and queens melt down their crowns.
A pyre on Aegon's hill.
In floods of gold, I pray they drown,
For all the blood they spilled.
Mance, sound the horn of winters past.
Call starving giants forth.
Urge cannibals to break their fast,
On Wardens of the North.
Eastern mages empty the veins,
Of beasts across the sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
Snow grabbed me from my mother's grasp,
To claim me as his prize.
Ethan freed me from Ramsay's clasp.
The rival lords locked eyes.
The rival lords locked eyes!
Fight on, fight on, Ethan the Brave,
Old gods bear steel with you.
Our lord, my twin, a hero's grave.
So iron grows anew.
Still iron grows anew.

Extended credit version, Let her go!

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return.
Father, brother, I've sworn, I've sworn,
To guard this rest you've earned.
May kings and queens melt down their crowns.
A pyre on Aegon's hill.
In floods of gold, I pray they drown,
For all the blood they spilled.
Mance, sound the horn of winters past.
Call starving giants forth.
Urge cannibals to break their fast,
On Wardens of the North.
Eastern mages empty the veins,
Of beasts across the sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
His final words, faced with the sword,
Chilled Ramsay to the bone.
You will not have her, I am Lord,
And I protect my own!
Fight on, fight on, Ethan the Brave,
Old gods bear steel with you.
Our lord, my twin, a hero's grave.
So iron grows anew.
Still iron grows anew.

Extended credit version, Take me instead.

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return.
Father, brother, I've sworn, I've sworn,
To guard this rest you've earned.
May kings and queens melt down their crowns.
A pyre on Aegon's hill.
In floods of gold, I pray they drown,
For all the blood they spilled.
Mance, sound the horn of winters past.
Call starving giants forth.
Urge cannibals to break their fast,
On Wardens of the North.
Eastern mages empty the veins,
Of beasts across the sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
His final words, faced with the sword,
Cut short the bastards' breath,
Take me as hostage oh my lord!
He saved us all from death.
Fight on, fight on, Ethan the Brave,
Old Gods bare steel with you.
Our lord, my twin, a hero's' grave.
So iron grows anew,
Still iron grows anew.

Extended credit version, [...]

From ice, from ice, we Forresters born,
To ice we all return,
Father, brother we mourn, we mourn,
These family trees we've burned.
May kings and queens melt down their crowns.
A pyre on Aegon's hill.
In floods of gold, I pray they drown,
For all the blood they spilled.
Mance, sound the horn of winters past.
Call starving giants forth.
Urge cannibals to break their fast,
On Wardens of the North.
Eastern mages empty the veins,
Of beasts across the sea.
Paint Slaver's Bay in crimson rains,
To bring Ethan back to me.
When Ramsay claimed me for his ward,
Ethan spurred the tyrant,
My brother's clam defied our lord,
Ethan strong and silent.
Watch on, watch on, Ethan the Wise,
Old Gods be one with you.
Our Lord, my kin and an old soul dies.
So iron grows anew,
Still iron grows anew.

Behind the scenesEdit

The music for this song was composed by Jared Emerson-Johnson and the lyrics were written by Arthur von Nagel.

ReferencesEdit

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