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This is far too long for a comment but, on knives, Robert Burns' timeless, anti-war song, 'Ye Jacobites by Name' is perfect for ASOIAF when the word,'Jacobites' is replaced by 'Lannisters'. Eddi Reader's version is the best, IMO. I defy anyone not to think of Tywin Lannister, Joffrey's assassination attempt or Lord Stark's lonely fate, in these haunting lyrics.

"Ye Lannisters by name, lend an ear, lend an ear,
Ye Lannisters by name, lend an ear,
Ye Lannisters by name,
Your faults I will proclaim,
And your doctrines I maun blame, you shall hear.

What's Right, and What is Wrong, by the law, by the Law?
What's Right and what is Wrong by the Law?
What's Right, and what is Wrong?
A weak arm and a strong?
A short sword, and a long, for to draw?

What makes heroic strife, famed afar, famed afar?
What makes heroic strife famed afar?
What makes heroic strife?
To whet the assassin's knife,
Or haunt a Parent's life, wi' bloody war?

Then let your schemes alone in the State, in the State,
Then let your schemes alone in the State.
Yes let your schemes alone,
Adore the rising sun,
And leave a man undone, to his fate".

The wildlings' soul is encapsulated in another Burns song, 'Wild Mountainside': I imagine Wildlings singing this, en masse, on their march to the Wall and exile. "The last mile is upon us", i.e. death. Evokes the Cheyenne's 'Trail of Tears', the Highland Clearances & the Irish Famine Diaspora. Eddi Reader's version is heart-breaking:

"Beauty is within grasp
Hear the islands call
The last mile is upon us
I'll carry you if you fall
I know the armour's heavy now
I know the heart is tired
It's beautiful just over
The wild mountainside

Snow is falling all over
Out of clear blue skies
Crow is flying high over
You and I are going to wander
High up where the air is rare
Wild horses ride
It's beautiful, let's go over
The wild mountainside

Wild and free we roam
Only a mile to go

Wild and free we roam
Only a mile to go

Beauty is within grasp
Hear the highlands call
The last mile is upon us
I'll carry you if you fall
I know the armour's heavy now
I know the heart inside
It's beautiful let's go over
The wild mountainside
It's beautiful just roaming
The wild mountainside"





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