Marillion – “Grendel”


Midnight sun bids Mars farewell
Retreats from charging dusk
Mountain’s echo curfew’s bells
Signal ending tasks
They place their faith in oaken doors

cower in candle light
The panic seeps through bloodstained floors
As Grendel stalks the night

As the walker seeks his meals

Prepare the funeral pyres
The shapeless songs no longer heals the fear

Within their eyes
their eyes

Wooden figures – pagan gods –
Stare blindly across the sea
Appeal for help from ocean fogs

For saviours born of dreams
They know their lives are forfeit now

Priestly heads they bow in shame
They cannot face the trembling crowd

That flinch in Grendel’s name

As Grendel leaves his mossy home

Beneath the stagnant air

Along the forest path he roams

To Hrothgar’s Hall so fair
He knows that victory is secure

His jaw will testify
His claws will drip with martial blood

As moonbeams of the sky

Silken membranes span his path

Denizens of twilight lands

Humbly beg him through
Mother nature’s bastard child

Slunned by leaf and stream
An Alien in an alien land
Seeks solace within dreams
The shaper’s lies his poisoned tongue

Maligen with marking hawk
Beguiling Queen her innocence

Offends his icy heart

in silence
bewitched by the reptile’s spell
Sulphurous essence
peroads round the grassy dell
Heroes awaits him
like lamb to the butcher’s knife
Stellular heavents
ignore even children’s cries
Screams are his music
lightning his guide
Wrapped in the darkness
death by his side
Chants rise in terror
free round the oaken beams
Flickering firelights
portraying the grisly scene
Warriors advance
prepared for the nightmare foe
Kids are the sacrifices
even their hearts must know
Heroes illusions
with feet in the grave
Lurker at the threshold
he cares not for the brave

He cares not for the brave

‘So you thought that your bolts and locks would keep me out
You should have known better after all this time
You’re gonna pay in blood for all you vicious slander
With your ugly pale skins and your nutrid blue eyes
What you’re gonna feel pity
when you kill your own
you feel
no shame
God’s of my’s sure I’m gonna take no blame
I’m gonna take no blame
I’M gonna take no blame
So you say you believe in all of your Mother natere’s laws
You last your goal with your sharpened knifes
You when you’re all together and your enemies left for rest
You pray with your bloodstained hands at the feet of your
pagan gods
Then you try to place the killer’s blame in my hands
You call for justice
distort the truth
I’ve had enough of all you pretty
pretty speeches
Receive your punishment
Let the blood flow
oh let the blood flow’


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