Florence + The Machine – Jenny of Oldstones (Game of Thrones Soundtrack) (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

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HBO’s massively popular fantasy series Game of Thrones has a very impressive music track, which we rarely find a fan who skips the intro music. However, we’ve rarely heard of any songs from Game of Thrones or the original book series – A Song of Ice and Fire, produced as songs. That’s until now, and Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine has taken up the poem “Jenny of Oldstones”.

The song “Jenny of Oldstones” premiered for the second episode of the final season (8) of Game of Thrones on HBO. The song sings about the fictional character “Jenny of Oldstones” from the series of books.

According to ‘A Wiki of Ice and Fire’, Jenny was the wife of Duncan Targaryen, the prince of the dragonflies, heir to the Iron Throne after his father Aegon Targaryen. Jenny was a commoner and as the older brother’s disapproval of their marriage grew, Duncan gave up on her demands that the throne be with her.

This new song also marks the last song in the TV series to be performed by a group. Florence Welch’s hauntingly beautiful voice and music by Ramin Djwadi make this song an instant favorite.

Listen to Florence and The Machine’s “Jenny of Oldstones” from the Game of Thrones soundtrack

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The fictional character Jenny does not appear in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George RR Martin. However, his name appears several times in several books. The song is built from scratch based on Jenny’s rare appearances in the books.

In the book “A Storm of Swords”, Arya meets the “Ghost of High Heart”, a witch who reveals prophecies by singing “My Jenny’s Song”. This song would contain the line “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts…” around which this new song was developed.

Introduction

The first few lines provide the background for the character of Jenny of Oldstone, which most of us don’t know at all. In these lyrics we find out that a certain ghost loved Jenny. In the Game of Thrones tale, we learn that Jenny once meets a woodland witch who is able to reveal prophecies.

At the time of this song, we know that Jenny is no longer with the living, as the song indicates that she is with her ghostly friends. The ones she found could be her new royals and the ones she lost could be her more ordinary folk parents. But she had one true love: Duncan Targaryen.

Duncan and Jenny spent their lives at Kings Landing until their passing.

Chorus

The veiled cry of this song is “she never wanted to leave” and it could have many interpretations. On one end of the spectrum, it could refer to the fact that she had to abandon her common family when she became engaged to royalty. She never wanted the intricacies of the court. On the flip side, Jenny could be talking about leaving Summerhall where she spent most of her life with Duncan. There was probably no reason for her to leave the love and luxury she was receiving within Kings Landing royalty.

Verse 2

In the second verse of “Jenny of Oldstones,” the songwriters weave their way into one of the series’ biggest moments: The Fall of the Wall. As long as the Wall was standing and the Night’s Watch kept watch, the people behind the wall made no secret of the impending threat. However, in the Season 7 finale, the Night King and his transformed dragon blew up the wall and led his dead army to the land of the living.

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Full lyrics of “Jenny of Oldstones” by Florence + The Machine from Game of Thrones


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