The Hold Steady Perform a George R.R. Martin-Penned Tavern Song

The third season of Game of Thrones is well underway, and in this week’s episode, things started to get real. We won’t give away spoilers, but there was quite a bit of mood whiplash thanks to the choice of end credits tune, the aforementioned Hold Steady cover of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair." After a rather intense installment of the show, Craig Finn took to the "boisterous tavern song" written by A Song of Ice and Fire scribe George R.R. Martin and the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi.

And, although it may not have been the best fit for time and place, the raucous, boozy sing-along sounds very comfortable in the Steady’s lineup. And appropriately enough, the band will release it as a 7" this weekend, just in time for Record Store Day. If you haven’t watched the episode yet and don’t want to wait until Saturday, though, you can listen to it now below. 

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