Wed 4 May 2016 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | 5 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

I’ve probably posted this before but who does not need 18 minute epics about Grendel?

In my early teen years in the West Coast of Scotland this song was just a myth that we kids in physics had read about but never heard. We loved 2 minutes 45 seconds as much as anyone. We loved challenge, we loved louder, faster, more complicated. Three minutes? Seven? Take us away for longer, please. Please.

As Grendel leaves his mossy home beneath the stagnant mere
Along the forest path he roams to Hrothgar’s hall so clear
He knows that victory is secured, his charm will testify
His claws will drip with mortal blood as moonbeams haunt the sky

Then you try to place the killer’s blade in my hand
You call for justice and distort the truth
Well I’ve had enough of all your pretty pretty speeches
Receive your punishment
Expose your throats to my righteous claws
And let the blood flow, and [let the blood flow], flow, flow, flow.


5 Responses to “Grendel”

  1. Neil Williamson on May 4th, 2016 4:36 pm

    I was lucky enough to buy the 12″ of Market Square Heroes pretty much when it came out. Grendel was like my Favourite Song Ever…for about two whole months. Which for a 14 year old with *really* varied musical tastes was the equivalent of that Bryan Adams Robin Hood song being at No 1.

  2. Gavin on May 4th, 2016 4:38 pm


  3. Neil Williamson on May 4th, 2016 4:43 pm

    Might even still have it, at my Mum’s, somewhere… 🙂

  4. Gavin on May 4th, 2016 4:46 pm

    Are you still feeling the beat of the street pulse? I am obviously still part 14-year-old as I am letting Marillion songs line and up and play.

    I only ever had tapes of tapes until I think Misplaced Childhood which I think I bought — on cassette, of course…

  5. Neil Williamson on May 4th, 2016 4:53 pm

    Actually, I did exactly this towards the end of last year. Had like two whole days at work with Marillion on spotify. Those were good days.

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