"The Ballad of Bull" as written by Joakim Broden and Paer Sundstroem....
Sometimes war is killing
Sometimes it's saving lives
It's the judgement of faith
It's nothing that men can dictate

Corporal Leslie Allen carried them from Tambu
Saved his brothers in arms
Went out and followed through

There and back again
Bull just carried on
Under fire he carried them out one by one
There and back again
Bullets all around
Out of the men that he carried away
Twelve men would now live to see one more day
His fear held at bay as he carried them away

Sometimes war is killing
Sometimes it's saving lives
From Australia shore
Bull Allen went to war

Sometimes war is saving
Sometimes it's taking lives
Thanks to one single man
A dozen more survives

There and back again
Bull just carried on
Under fire he carried them out one by one
There and back again
Bullets all around
Out of the men that he carried away
Twelve men would now live to see one more day
His fear held at bay as he carried them away

Some men return from a war in a bag
And yet the world knows the story
Others return unwilling to plan a life
When humble at heart, no

There and back again
Bull just carried on
Under fire he carried them out one by one
There and back again
Bullets all around
Out of the men that he carried away
Twelve men would now live to see one more day
His fear held at bay as he carried them away


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"The Ballad of Bull" as written by Paer Sundstroem Joakim Broden

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    General CommentDuring the Papua New Guinea campaign of World War II, Corporal Leslie "Bull" Allen, an Australian Army soldier was awarded the US Silver Star for rescuing 12 soldiers in the heat of battle. This song is a tribute to him.
    TheSupervisoron May 17, 2014   Link

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