Serious motivational music!

In need of some extra ooomph to get you going? This should do the trick: The Helian’ Man, sung by Matt McGinn, a ballad about Scottish raids about a thousand years ago that led Roman emperor Hadrian to build a 73-mile wall across Britain.

I heard this song on the radio about 15 years ago, when I still lived in Pennsylvania. Ever since then, when I’ve found myself in need of motivation or facing a serious challenge, I’ve sometimes found myself bellowing “Grigalie! Grigaloo! Come up and fight, you cowardly crew! I’ll have you for my pot of stew! You fear to fight with me!”

It works pretty well. Sometimes as well as a kickboxing workout 🙂

Here are the lyrics…

(Matt McGinn)

Ten thousand Roman soldiers to the Heilands they came north
And they had conquered everything from the Tiber to the Forth.
They camped beside Loch Lomond, for the night they thought they’d lie,
But somewhere on the Cobbler hill they heard this terrible cry:

Grigalie! Grigaloo!
Come up and fight, you cowardly crew!
I’ll have you for my pot of stew!
You fear to fight with me!

On top stood a bearded Heilan’ man with a kilt and a big claymore
He looked a bit ferocious, so old Caesar sent up four.
Then he sat down for dinner by the bright light of the moon,
But he lost his taste for vino when four heads come rollin’ doon.


Then Caesar sent Marc Antony wi’ another fifty five.
“Gae bring to me that rascal’s head, or I’ll have you stewed alive.”
They heard the clash of metal until the night was done,
But again they heard this terrible cry by the rising of the sun.


Then Caesar sent a thousand men, this Heilan’ man to crack,
But out of all the thousand, there was only one came back.
“Oh, Caesar!” cried the soldier, wi’ his head all black and blue,
“The rascal has been lying! There’s not just one, there’s two!”


So Caesar picked his suitcase up and he ran southwards then
He was doin’ eighty miles an hour, but he couldn’t catch his men
Now maybe ye will wonder why I’ve told this tale at all
Well, it has a simple moral, an’ they call it…Hadrian’s Wall!

4 thoughts on Serious motivational music!

  1. Wow, this is different! It took me second to hear what he was saying so your lyrics shared here helped tremendously. Thank you for the inspiration.

    You know who I enjoy too? A group out of Australia named Rivertribe. Holistic and instrumental. Here is a link to their page if interested in checking them out too:

    I always smile at your kick boxing comments on twitter! You have encouraged me to try a kick boxing workout!

  2. Oh, yes! I tried kickboxing and I am WAAY out of shape. That is why I am getting back into the gym to stretch and walk on the treadmill so I will not be out of breath when I kickbox. I enjoy it.

    You definitely inspired this new work out trend! I will keep you posted on my success as I read about yours!

    Keep smiling!

    – Jennifer

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