Ed Sheeran's Game Of Thrones Song: What Is The Meaning Of "Hands Of Gold?"

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The song "Hands of Gold" performed during Ed Sheeran's GoT cameo is more significant than you think.

Fact: An Ed Sheeran TV cameo just wouldn't be complete without his angelic singing voice making an appearance as well.

Thankfully, GoT did not disappoint. Ed Sheeran's Game of Thrones song was the perfect way to kick off season 7 of the fantasy drama series.

In the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere, fans of the singer got to see Sheeran play a Lannister soldier whom Arya meets in the woods. Arya stumbles upon him singing to his fellow soldiers around the campfire:

What song was Ed Sheeran singing in the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere?

The lyrics to Ed Sheeran's Game of Thrones song will sound familiar to avid readers of the series:

"For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm."

It turns out that the song is a subtle nod to George R.R. Martin's book series. In the novels, a character by the name of Symon Tongue sings the song entitled "Hands of Gold." But what is the true meaning of "Hands of Gold"?

Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones Song - The Meaning of “Hands of Gold”

In Martin's third book, A Storm of Swords, of the Song Of Ice And Fire series, Tyrion is taunted over his secret affair with Shae with the song. Tyrion also thinks of the song when he is choking Shae to death.

Since this heartbreaking scene already happened back in season 4, the meaning of "Hands of Gold" is most likely different on the show than in the novels. Game of Thrones fans are speculating that the song could be hinting to something about the Lannister family — particularly Jaime and Cersi as they are secret lovers. Could the song be foreshadowing that Jaime will kill Cersei?

Read the full lyrics to "Hands of Gold" below and see for yourself:

He rode through the streets of the city Down from his hill on high Over the winds and the steps and the cobble He rode to a woman's side For she was his secret treasure She was his shame and his bliss And a chain and a keep are nothing Compared to a woman's kiss

For hands of gold are always cold But a woman's hands are warm For hands of gold are always cold But a woman's hands are ...

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