“The Starks were made for the cold, he would tell her, and she would laugh and tell him in that case they had certainly built their castle in the wrong place.”
(Spoilers for book/season one)1. Ghosts (Laura Marling)
THE SHADOW OF HIS DEAD BROTHER STILL LAY BETWEEN THEM, AS DID THE OTHER
Stood at the table where she sat And removed his hat In respect of her presence. Presents her with the pictures and says ‘These are just ghosts that broke my heart before I met you’ | He’d gone crazy at nineteen, Said he’d lost all his self esteem And couldn’t understand why he was | crying.
2. Wake Up Your Saints (The National)
SOME OLD WOUNDS NEVER TRULY HEAL, AND BLEED AGAIN AT THE SLIGHTEST WORD
I had a hole in the middle where the lightning went through, I told my friends not to worry, my wife would know how to fix it | It’s easy to lose your grip, It’s easy. I never tell my decisions to the ones I adore | Wake up your saints, Jenny, I need them, Jenny I need them Today.
3. It Was You (The Pierces)
THAT CUT DEEP. NED WOULD NOT SPEAK OF THE MOTHER, NOT SO MUCH AS A WORD
If only you could feel my heart race, And see the light on my face, Then you would know the truth, And I would know the truth. Well maybe you don’t like what I brought, Maybe I am not what you thought. But don’t worry you are not What I thought you were either. | What would you do If it wasn’t me, It was you?
4. Hints (José González)
HIS EYES WERE HAUNTED, HIS VOICE THICK WITH DOUBT
While the crowd is waiting for the final kiss, The one which allows them to sleep well, We walk along a wrong path, The one which will lead us to a wrong place. We need hints before we get tired | Now we need hints before we lose pace. We need a hint to know we’re on the right track.
5. Lakes of Canada (The Innocence Mission)
SHE WOULD SHOW THESE NORTHERNERS
Look for me another day, I feel that I could change, I feel that I could change. There’s a sudden joy that’s like a fish, a moving light, I thought I saw it Rowing on the lakes of Canada. Oh laughing man, what have you won? Don’t tell me what cannot be done.
6. Take This Longing (Leonard Cohen)
IT WAS ALL MEANT FOR BRANDON. YOU, WINTERFELL, EVERYTHING
So let me judge your love affair In this very room where I have sentenced mine to death. I’ll even wear these old laurel leaves That he’s shaken from his head. Just take this longing from my tongue | Let me see your beauty broken down Like you would do for one you love.
7. The Fog (Kate Bush)
HER LORD’S DARK GREY EYES, EYES THAT COULD BE SOFT AS A FOG OR HARD AS STONE
If I let you go You slip into the fog. | This love of yours was big enough to be frightened of. It’s deep and dark, like the water was The day I learned to swim. | He said Just put your feet down child, The water is only waist high. I’ll let go of you gently, Then you can swim to me.
8. Wolves (Broken Records)
A MAN COULD NOT ALWAYS BE WHERE HE BELONGED
But did anyone ever ask If it’s what we want? | Then the wolves will come out And when our hearts all stop All these lies will stop | Your lips, my lips, Your bones, my bones, My heart, your heart, Are all I know. And now one of these arms will hold you tight. And now one of these arms will keep you right.
9. Jesus, Etc. (Norah Jones)
CATELYN SOFTENED THEN, TO SEE HIS PAIN
Jesus, don’t cry. You can rely on me honey. | You can come by any time you want. I’ll be around. You were right about the stars; Each one is a setting sun. | Our love, Our love, Our love is all we have. Our love, Our love is all of God’s money. Everyone is a burning sun.
10. You And Me (Neil Young)
PERHAPS HE AND CATELYN WOULD MAKE A NEW SON TOGETHER, THEY WERE NOT SO OLD
I was thinkin’ ‘bout you and me Makin’ love beneath the tree, And now I wonder could it be? Thinkin’ ‘bout the times we had, Some were good and some were bad | Old man sittin’ there, Touch of grey but he don’t care When he hears his children call | Open up and let the light back in.
11. I Found a Reason (Cat Power)
HE LOVES YOU AND HE NEEDS YOU, AND HE WILL COME BACK TO YOU SOON ENOUGH
Oh I do believe In all the things you say: What comes is better Than what came before. And you’d better come come, come come to me, Better come, come come, come come to me, Better run, run run, run run to me, Better come.
12. I Go To Sleep (The Kinks)
TO DRIFT OFF TO A DREAMLESS SLEEP WITH HIS ARMS WRAPPED TIGHT AROUND HIS LADY
When I look up from my pillow I dream you are there with me. Though you are far away I know you’ll always be near to me. I go to sleep, sleep, And imagine that you’re there with me | I was wrong, I will cry, I will love you to the day I die. You alone, you alone and no one else.
13. I’m Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn’t Break Your Heart (Eels)
HE WONDERED WHERE SHE WAS, WHAT SHE WAS DOING, IF HE WOULD EVER SEE HER AGAIN
It’s Christmas Eve years down the line, Sittin here wishin’ I’d treated you better When you were mine. And I have no way of knowing where you are, But I’m going to stop pretending That I didn’t break your heart. I didn’t mean to hurt you, I didn’t know what I was doing. But I know what I have done.
14. What Could I Say (Trespassers William)
SOME SAY THEY CAN TALK TO THE DEAD. AND HOW SHE ENVIED THAT
Why am I so tired? Exhausted in my love? Water in my eyes, why am I not enough? I told you everything I knew, I tore my pockets out and gave them all to you. You hold my throat like a violin, I never want to kiss again. ‘Cause there’s nobody like you.
15. Blackberry Stone (Laura Marling)
I WAS NOT EVEN WITH NED WHEN HE DIED
I’d be sad that I never held your hand as you were lowered, but I’d understand that the world does what it does | And you never did learn to let little people grow, And you never did learn how to see. But I whisper that I love this man now and for forever | To the world that never really let you be