Heroes of Troy: 2. The foolish and the brave

When Menelaus finds out that Paris and Helen have run off to Troy he doesn't hang around. He gathers the Greek leaders and they arrive in Troy to deliver an ultimatum to King Priam: return Helen immediately or it's war!

Tutorial 2: Join David Grant to learn the song ‘The foolish and the brave’

Tutorial: 'The foolish and the brave'

Song style: R&B, minor, melancholic
Sung by: Cassandra and chorus
Subject: The gathering storm clouds of war
Learning experience: To learn Song 2 in short sections; be motivated to memorise the rap section in spare time

The story

Episode 2 of the story


Menelaus returns to find that Helen has gone to Troy with Paris. It turns out that when Menelaus married Helen her father insisted that all her other suitors should come to the aid of Menelaus should she ever elope with anyone - so Menelaus calls in those promises. Initially he turns to his brother Agamemnon, who will be in charge of the army and to whom the Soldier is now assigned.

Their first job is to persuade two heroes - Achilles and Odysseus - to support the venture. Then the Greeks sail to Troy and hand King Priam their ultimatum: return Helen plus compensation or Troy will be destroyed.

Holy moussaka! This place is immense!
The Old Soldier on Troy

See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.

Song: 'The foolish and the brave'

Song 2: ‘The foolish and the brave’ (vocal)
Song 2: ‘The foolish and the brave’ (backing)

Learn the song ‘The foolish and the brave’ - about the gathering storm clouds of war.

Once you have learnt the song singing with vocal version you can polish your performance singing with just the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Download the song audio (mp3 files)

2. The foolish and the brave - Full vocal
2. The foolish and the brave - Part vocal
2. The foolish and the brave - Backing track


Tutorial 2 - transcript
Song 2 - lyrics
Song 2 - music
Episode 2 - transcript
Teacher's Notes
David Grant's vocal warm-up
Heroes of Troy - playscript (pdf)

More from this series

1. Is it love?
3. Destruction
4. The wonder of war