The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard

11 januari 2019

The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard

Informatie:

Muziek: Roger Waters
Stem: Alf Razzell (Royal Fusiliers)

The Ballad of Bill Hubbard: de Eerste Wereldoorlog veteraan Alfred “Alf” Razzell , een lid van de Koninklijke Fusiliers (net als zijn vader “Eric Fletcher Waters” in de volgende oorlog is geweest ) beschrijft zijn verslag van het vinden van collega- soldaat William “Bill” Hubbard , aan wie het album is opgedragen, zwaar gewond op het slagveld . Na mislukte pogingen om hem in veiligheid te brengen, wordt Razzell gedwongen om hem te verlaten in no – man’s land . Dit verhaal wordt voortgezet aan het eind van het titelnummer, helemaal aan het einde van het album, met een meer upbeat coda van het tragische verhaal.

Terug te vinden op:

Amused To Death

Songtekst:

Instrumentaal met alleen gesproken tekst door Alf Razzell:

crickets

(switch channels)

[Alf Razzell:] “Two things that have haunted me most are the days when I
had to collect the paybooks; 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 shellholes, traversed that, had it been…had there been a
path or a road I could have done better. He pummelled 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.”

(switch channels)

(girl) “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…”

(switch channels)

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