The Ballad of Bill Hubbard

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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Songwriters: Roger Waters

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