"The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard" as written by and Roger Waters....
Two things that have haunted me most are the days when I had to
collect the pay books; and when I left Bill Hubbard in no-man's-land.
"I was picked up and taken into their trench. And I'd no sooner taken
two or three steps down the trench when I heard a call, 'Hello Razz,
I'm glad to see you. This is my second night here,' and he said 'I'm
feeling bad,' and it was Bill Hubbard, one of the men we'd trained
in England, one of the original battalion. I had a look at his wound,
rolled him over; I could see it was probably a fatal wound. You could
imagine what pain he was in, he was dripping with sweat; and after
I'd gone about three shell holes, traversed that, had it been...had
there been a path or a road I could have done better. He pummeled
me, 'Put me down, put me down, I'd rather die, I'd rather die, put me
down.' I was hoping he would faint. He said 'I can't go any further,
let me die.' I said 'If I leave you here Bill you won't be found, let's
have another go.' He said 'All right then.' And the same thing
happened; he couldn't stand it any more, and I had to leave him
there, in no-man's-land."

I don't mind about the war, that's one of the things I like to watch, if it's a war going on, 'cause then I know if our side's winning,
if our side's losing...

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"The Ballad of Bill Hubbard" as written by Roger Waters

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    General CommentThis song obviously hooks you into the grief of the ‘Razz” being interviewed about WW1, then once you feel the old mans pain about a dying friend, then you are shocked at the young person who says they basically like war and like watching the death and killing. Roger must be pissed at young people do not realise that ppl like his dad dies in past wars.
    FearTecon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor info on this visit
    H-bombon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI also like how that last words Bill's friend speaks on the album (text not included here) is "1984".
    werummon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat a sad song It had me in tears poor alf put in that situation ,questioning himself , was there more he could of done ,and then finding bills name on the register , finally finding some peace ,you can tell by his soft voice he was a true gentleman ,i would love to visit his grave some day R I P Alf and Bill .
    patbaconon April 25, 2013   Link

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