It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black 'forty four
When the forward commander
Was told to sit tight

When he asked that his men be withdrawn
And the Generals gave thanks
As the other ranks held back
The enemy tanks for a while

And the Anzio bridgehead
Was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives

And kind old King George
Sent mother a note
When he heard that father was gone

It was, I recall
In the form of a scroll
With gold leaf adorned
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away

And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp
It was dark all around
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free
And no one survived
From the Royal Fusiliers Company Z

They were all left behind
Most of them dead
The rest of them dying
And that's how the High Command
Took my daddy from me

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is the TRUE story of Roger Waters father. His father was in the invasion of anzio. His father died."And that's how the High Command
    Took my daddy from me." Then, his father was just common infantry "And the Anzio bridgehead
    Was held for the price
    Of a few hundred ordinary lives."

    "His Majesty signed
    With his own rubber stamp." The British governemnt doesn't care about everyone that dies, they are just a number, not worth their time.

    It's an amazing TRUE song. The last line always sends chills down my spine.
    OrionDartanyuon April 15, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song practically drives me to tears whenever i hear it....
    damn that album is depressing...
    RedRavenon October 25, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAMAZING SONG. One of the best. Nothing else needs to be said. Im just glad Syd flipped out and went insane so that Water's could take over and direct the band.
    werummon July 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor those interested, there's a re-release of The Final Cut which includes this track.
    neiledwardon August 13, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always get goosebumps when I hear this song. An absolute masterpiece by Roger Waters. The man is amazing at lyrics!!!!
    ziggy77on August 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA masterpiece. Absolutely brilliant lyrics indicating class and the sheer futility of war, while recognising the individual and personal bravery of the guys and women that did the fighting. Very moving and beautiful and a song that will stand the test of time for sure.
    Noamchomskyon November 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is such a emotional part in the movie its so sad but you can feel how he feels. It sets the mood perfectly. One of my daddy's favorite songs. He loves Pink Floyd and Loves reading bookss on Wars. A million war books... :)
    Crazy_Diamond_89on April 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song FactSuch a beautiful, sad and amazing Floyd song! You can hear the sadness, anger and rage in Roger's voice! I LOVE FLOYD!
    rabbitbunnyon August 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE this song!!! A longstanding fan of the formal "The Wall" release, when the movie came out; I was mesmerized by this track the didn't exist on the original release.

    Of all The Wall tracks, this one stands out as my favourite. The lyrical content is pure genious. Nothing less.
    NobodyHereon July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe true story of Roger's father and what happened to him at Anzio.
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link

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