The Witcher season 2 has another song worth going viral


After making its debut in The Witcher season 1, Toss a Coin to Your Witcher has become a viral sensation. There were a lot of covers, and that was turned into a level in the VR Beat Saber rhythm game. A gold medalist sniper and Witcher fan was greeted at his home with a Russian version of it. It’s no surprise that Season 2 of The Witcher gives famous Bard and Geralt BFF Jaskier some new songs to sing along to. (Spoilers below.)

When Dandelion is reintroduced, he wears a hat and leads a band, having completed his transformation from a humble veg-bombarded bard to the continent’s first rock star. As he sings Burn Butcher Burn to the delight of a full tavern, it becomes clear that even though he is famous and the ladies love him, Dandelion is still not happy. A certain witcher broke his heart in Season 1 and inspired a song so popular that he has to relive the agony every time it occurs. Dandelion: essentially the Taylor Swift of the Witcher universe.

As catchy as it can be, Burn Butcher Burn is not the song that deserves to go viral. Instead, I’m arguing for the song Dandelion sings in a jail cell later in the series. Like Oscar Wilde, Dandelion was inspired by imprisonment to write his true masterpiece, which is called Whoreson Prison Blues. The song he torments his guard with, performed with a pair of spoons and three mice as a backing band, is the one I have in my head after marathoning all eight episodes.

You can hear a full studio version on the soundtrack, but I prefer the original as it appears in the series. The acoustic demo, unplugged, as it should be. It is, as it is certainly not said in the Northern Kingdoms, a banger.


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