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Rainbow Rising is a famous song in Westeros. It is dedicated to Trevyr Blackgard in particular and House Blackgard in general.

Origins

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A Bordermen mural painting of Trevyr Blackgard battling the Kellers.

Rainbow Rising immortalized the destruction of House Keller by Trevyr Blackgard. House Keller was obliterated after they declared war against the Blackgards. To restore Blackgard dominance, Trevyr kicked the Kellers out of Blackgard through the use of political schemes. He later marched against the upstart Lord Auster Keller. By the end of the war, Kell had been put to the torch and all members of House Keller executed. Trevyr was forever named "the Rainbow", for bringing light and colour to the Borderlands after bleak times. The title is thus a play on the Borderlands' freedom from House Keller and Trevyr's remarkable victory over such a powerful house, while the Blackgards were weakened and completely outnumbered.

In the decades since young Trevyr reasserted House Blackgard's dominance by crushing the Kellers, Rainbow Rising went on to become very popular with soldiers of the Borderlands and the Stormlands, becoming an "anthem" of sorts for House Blackgard. This extends to the point that even eastern soldiers sometimes refer to it simply as, "the Blackgard song".

The song is divided into two parts. Part one is written from the point of a Blackgard citizen who sees "a star" (Trevyr Blackgard) killing the Pretender (Auster Keller).

The second part details the rebuilding of House Blackgard, and the Bordermen seeing a "Light in the Black" (Trevyr).

Lyrics

Part I: Stargazer

High noon, oh I'd sell my soul for water
Seven years worth of breaking my back
There's no sun in the shadow of the Pretender
See how he fights, why he's darker than night?
Oh I see his face!
Where is our star?!
Is he far, is he far, is he far?
When do they leave?
I believe!, yes!, I believe!
In the heat and the rain
With whips and chains
To see him die!
So many cry
We build a tower of stone
With our flesh and bone
Just to see him die!
But don't know why
Now where do we go?
Hot wind, moving fast across the desert
We feel that our time has arrived
The world spins, while we put his dream together
A tower of stone to take him straight to the sky
Oh I see his face!
Where is our star?!
Is he far, is he far, is he far?
When do they leave?
Hey, I believe!, I believe!
In the heat and the rain
With whips and chains
To see him die!
So many cry
We build a tower of stone
With our flesh and bone
Just to see him die!
But don't know why
Now where do we go?
All eyes see the figure of the Pretender
As he climbs to the top of the world
No sound, as he falls instead of rising
Time standing still, then there's blood on the sand
Oh I saw his face!
There is our star!
He is there, he is there, he is there!
When did they leave?
We believed, we believed, we believed
In the heat and the rain
With whips and chains
To see him die!
So many cry
We build a tower of stone
With our flesh and bone
Just to see him die!
But why
In all the rain
With all the chains
Did so many die
Just to see him die?
Look at my flesh and bone
Now, look, look, look, look,
Look at his tower of stone
I see a rainbow rising!
Look there, on the horizon
And I'm coming home, I'm coming home, I'm coming home
Time is standing still
He gave me back my will
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Going home
I'm going home
My eyes are bleeding
And my heart is leaving here
Wish I'd known
But now we're home
Ooh
Take me back
He gave me back my will
Wish I'd known
But now we're home
Take me back, take me back
Back to my home ooh, ooh, ooh

Part II: A Light in the Black

Can't forget his face
What a lonely place
Has he really let us go?
All the time that's lost
What's the final cost?
Will I really get away?
All my life it seems
Just a crazy dream
Searching for some star
Can't believe it all
Did he really fall?
What to do now I don't know
Something's calling me back
It's a light in the black
Am I ready to go?
I'm coming home
Breathed the air before
Heard the thunder roar
Never knew it was for me
Always looking down
Lost but never found
Eyes to look but not to see
All my life it seems
Just a crazy dream
Searching for some star
Like an open door
That you've passed before
But you never had the key
Something's calling me back
There's a light in the black
Am I ready to go?
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
Yeah
I'm going back to my home
I'm going home, home, home
Going home, home, home
I'm coming back
Can't forget his face
What a lonely place
Has he really let us go?
All the time that's lost
What's the final cost?
Will I really get away?
All my life it seems, just a crazy dream
Searching for some star
Can't believe it all
Did he really fall?
What to do now I don't know
Something's calling me back
Like a light in the black
Yes, I'm ready to go
I'm coming home
Home, yeah!
I'm on my way back home
Look to the sky
There in the sky
I see a star!

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