We are the ruthless Pilou-Pilou warriors,
Coming down from the mountain to the sea.
With our dishevelled women breastfeeding our children,
Under the shade of the great white coconut trees.
It could be a rugby version of Lost in Translation. On paper, in stark black and white, the words of the pilou-pilou, the ritual chant put up by Toulon fans before every game, do not exactly chill the blood or strike fear into the heart. In reality, though, the almost gladiatorial entrance of teams into the febrile surroundings of the Stade Mayol is one of the wonders of the sporting world.
It begins quietly, but it grows swiftly to a spine-tingling tumult of passion and noise as the players walk slowly through the sea of fans who have gathered behind the stadium's main stand. To watch it unfold is to understand how the French came to consider the guillotine as much an instrument of entertainment as retributive justice. As a form of intimidation, the haka does not even come close.
So is Sean Maitland worried about what he will experience when Glasgow take on the reigning European champions on their home turf on Sunday? Is he scared? Is he petrified?
None of the above. "It is something to enjoy mate, an occasion," he smiles. "These are things that rugby players dream about. Into that cauldron, thousands of fans, backs against the wall. That is when you see a true team come out and show what you've got. It would be pretty cool. I don't think I have seen it, but it would be good to have the crowd screaming at us."
In the past, some teams have chosen not to play along with Toulon's pre-match ritual, opting instead to slip in quietly by another entrance. To do so would probably have been the default option of so many Scottish sides down the years, but Maitland is convinced that Glasgow have to face up to the challenges offered by the best sides in Europe before they can be counted among the elite.
Maitland has never disguised the fact that his decision to move to Glasgow from New Zealand, where he had been one of the stars of the illustrious (if not quite all-conquering) Crusaders side of recent years, was motivated largely by his desire to play Test rugby for the land of his grandfather's birth. He ticked that box in last season's Six Nations, ticked another when he was chosen for the Lions tour to Australia, but has found another kind of fulfilment in being part of a Warriors squad that has yet to lose a competitive game this season.
"It is all about confidence," Maitland explains. "Five [wins] from five, undefeated, means there is a lot of confidence floating around the squad. So we're looking to play this week. Our goal is to win some silverware, be it the RaboDirect or the Heineken. No Scottish team has won any silverware in a while, but we have the squad and the depth with the right support and facilities. And being five from five has got to help us."
Maybe so, but even if Glasgow have the edge in terms of their 100% record and the fact that they top their domestic championship - Toulon are second to Montpellier in the French Top 14, albeit only on points difference - their opponents boast a multi-national squad which includes such luminaries as Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau, Juan Fernandez Lobbe and a host of France stars for good measure.
But still, the fear factor is not a factor at all as far as Maitland is concerned. "No, I'm excited mate," he says, beaming again. "Really excited. There is nothing to fear about them. They have a lot of world class players, but the word I would use is excitement. It is right up there as an experience. Playing in front of big crowds in big games is what rugby players dream about. I heard the atmosphere will be one of the best. Everyone is buzzing, mate. Everyone is buzzing.
"There are a few New Zealand boys there, a lot of guys I played against in Super Rugby as well. I think [All Blacks lock] Ali Williams has just joined; I played with him for a year and it will be good to see his cheeky face again."
Maitland, like most players, volunteers no opinion about the political shenanigans that have lately plunged the very future of the Heineken Cup into doubt, but with the perspective of one who has contested a Super Rugby final in the past, he has no doubt about the quality of the tournament.
"It's a tough competition," he says. "I don't think the guys back home [in New Zealand] know how hard the competition is. To be honest, I didn't know much about the Heineken Cup, how it all worked and how tough it was, until I got over here and I thought, s***, this is the real deal.
"It would be a crazy feeling to beat Toulon this weekend. I have been part of some special games but if we got the result this week it would definitely be up there."