Word to the Wise (feat. Christine Ebersole)
I was nine when Father told me I would be a princess Promised to the youngest prince, this boy they'd spoken of I was stunned and starry-eyed The Targaryens' next bride They had chosen me Mother sighed, she called it my destiny While Father called it “love” I looked at them And I saw love was only a word to the wise For girls like me who learned to know better Love was only a word to the wise Only a word, an easy four-letter Easy to say, easy to choose Easy to fake, to use My mother taught me not to fantasize Marriage was a woman's compromise “Love” had appeal, but love wasn't real It was only a word to the wise Time went by, and Daeron's brothers married who they wanted Duncan met a peasant girl with flowers in her hair He was young, but resolute And Jaehaerys followed suit He eloped one night How the girls would cry “Two princes whose hearts took flight!” “Love” was in the air I looked at them And I said love was only a word to the wise For girls like me who kept their feet planted Love was only a word to the wise Only a wish, and so seldom granted It was naïve, it was absurd It was a myth, a word And words were something I could memorize Something I could spin as truth or lies Words were my tools, and love was for fools It was only a word to the wise I greeted him at the harbor The prince and a knight, Ser Jeremy Norridge At last, he'd come to the Arbor Yet who was this knight, this Jeremy Norridge? Then came the news “Who is she?” I said But Daeron swore that wasn't the case I said, “If there's no other girl Who will you wed?” And then something flickered on Jeremy's face Just a glance, nothing more But I knew, I was sure It was love! I saw love! It wasn't a myth or a joke or a ploy But flesh and blood, a royal boy Asking me to let him go I let him go Five years passed, and I was told that Daeron died in battle Fighting side by side, they said, with Ser Jeremy, of course And I wed Luthor Tyrell And I think I loved him well That is, well enough I endured, and sometimes the nights were tough But I have no remorse I look at you And I know love is more than a word to the wise The precious few who have been around it Love is more than a word to the wise More than a word if you've truly found it People will talk, that's what they do What you decide, that's up to you But I can see a look I recognize From fifty years ago, it's in your eyes Love wasn't mine But if it's yours to define Make it more than a word to the wise
Written by: Alex Ratner
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