Waters, Roger - The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard Lyrics


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[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 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."

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Waters, Roger The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard Comments
  1. Vic Investa

    Still crying every time I put on this song.

  2. Paul Evans

    What a track

  3. Antonio Viadest

    Bwfore David Gilmour was considered to be guitarist of Floyd Roger had in mind none less than Jeff beck.. just imagine..

  4. thedodger1002

    Haunting. Will our world ever learn from our past.

  5. AFei Lee

    my favorite song on the whole album

  6. grizzlytomahawk

    This album may be even more relevant today.


    Oh absolutely! It's timeless.

  7. kenny play

    Jeff Beck

  8. Gary Merrill

    My Grandpa survived mustard gas WW1 Lived 96 years. God Bless and Keep you, George Kenneth Merrill

  9. Andrew Peterson

    A roger waters song that doesnt have roger waters

  10. James Wilhite

    Beck. Haunting.

  11. Greg Hammond

    the Alf Razzle interview is haunting and wrenches at the emotion of every true human, soldier or otherwise. it should be required listening for any student of war.

  12. Aris Mardirossian

    i love this music

  13. Leo Martel

    excellent music

  14. gregorija1

    I own (or have heard) every song that Roger Waters has recorded...and I think it's time for him to finally LIGHTEN UP!!!

    Troy Alcorn

    I agree and disagree. This is why. Floyd did what they did together and together, they showed many sides or facets.

    Mick B

    Hope he never does. Where do you think all this stuff came from?.

    Scorpio Rising

    Are you suggesting a dance record?

    David Kymdell

    @Scorpio Rising they already have a "dance hits" compilation hahaha

  15. Leon Salazar Juárez

    esto es a los que no me quieren 😡

  16. Leon Salazar Juárez


    Jesus SDLG

    Leon Salazar Juárez Pinche pendeja como te ocurres a comentar esto con El maestro Roger waters

    Leon Salazar Juárez

    Piche perrro te odio

  17. Somthin Something

    Roger waters is a pure genius his songs albums and lyrics is utterly amazing he is the greatest

  18. Sabbath maiden fan

    bill was a ww1 solider that was left on the battlefield or "no man's land" to die of his wounds the old man's voice in this song is Alf razzle who tried to save him war is a racket Smedley butler usmc

  19. madcapper6

    Who was Bill Hubbard, anybody know?

    R Deori

    A British soldier.

  20. In the year 1230 A.D.

    I've listened to this album 38 times already and I have to say that this song makes me feel that wars and conflicts are torture and decisions made by our own government. This man has so much pain in his voice and he feels that his friend Bill Hubbard died because of him. That's what he has to live with every day.


    Bill Hubbard wasn't a friend of Waters's he was a soldier in WWI at the Battle of the Somme.

    In the year 1230 A.D.

    +chris leonard, No Duh!

  21. Ed Short

    According to Roger Waters during an interview, Jeff Beck wrote the music for this song. Yet the album credits say Roger wrote this song by himself.
    Best song on the album.

    E. Lately

    Jeff Beck improvised the solo, that's not the same as writing the song. The music is credited to Roger because it IS written by Roger, it's the chord sequence from What God Wants played much slower.