300 Yards of Ground

by Peter Hobbs

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300 Yards of Ground is based on a letter written by Private Leonard Hart, a New Zealand volunteer soldier who fought in Passchendaele on October 12th 1917. The battle was tragic with the allies bombing their own men and by the end of the day 846 men of the New Zealand Division were dead or dying and 1855 men were wounded (of this number, 138 would die of their wounds within the week). This date has become known as New Zealand's Darkest Day.

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released September 14, 2017

Words by Peter Hobbs and Leonard Hart. Music written, played and produced by Peter Hobbs. Drums by Andrea Holmes.

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Peter Hobbs Auckland, New Zealand

Peter Hobbs (Lesley Speaker, Kitset, Lost Demos) is a composer, musician and producer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who creates evocative soundtracks for feature films, documentaries, experiential installations and contemporary dance shows.

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Track Name: 300 Yards of Ground
300 Yards of Ground

Five miles of shell holes wide
Soaked to the bone & mud to the knees, I grieve, I confide
No blade of grass or a tree
But a desolate hell of a place there’d once been
We dig ourselves in, hitting ground with artillery

At twenty past five to the tee
With a roar that tore at the seething ground
Some 3000 guns opened up all around
But the barrage was ours and our own guns took our men down

Any man who shows his head, will be shot down
For 300 yards of ground...

Making a rush for the hill, the gunners of theirs were shooting still
And the wire between them and us, it was fifty yards wide
Dozens hung up in the wire, were shot down

Any man who shows his head, will be shot down
For 300 yards of ground...

The light of the day showed the cost
What was left of us realised the day was lost

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