A National Treasure - Volume 3 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook'

by Tim Hunter

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Final part of a 3 volume set of songs taken from the musical play 'Journeys:Captain James Cook' by Frederick McKinnon and Tim Hunter.
This set of songs focuses on the feelings expressed by Captain Cook's friends, sponsors and admirers.

Journeys: Captain James Cook is a full length musical play written by Frederick McKinnon and Tim Hunter. The digitally released, 3 volume set of songs taken from the play, is released on 14th February, 2018, the 239th anniversary of his tragic death. 2018 also marks the 250th anniversary of the first of Captain James Cook’s three historic Pacific voyages, which commenced at Plymouth in August 1768

The play depicts many of James Cook’s great accomplishments as an 18th century explorer and man of the Enlightenment and also creates a dramatic arc which traces the historical and emotional path to his tragic murder by natives on the shore of Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii. The loving relationship between James Cook and his wife, Elizabeth, is touchingly rendered in stirring scenes and songs (“Distant Hearts,” “So Long Gone,” “I Am the Man I Have to Be” and “Too Soon”). Additionally, “Otaheiti,” “Land Ho!” and “Australia—a Land of Opportunity” capture the spirit of Europeans initially encountering the beauty and the challenges of voyaging in the vast South Pacific Ocean.

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released February 14, 2018

Copyright © 2018 Tim Hunter and Frederick McKinnon. All rights reserved. This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service: Registration No: 284700072

Produced by Tim Hunter for Northern Soundscapes.

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Northern Soundscapes is Tim Hunter's music label. He is a singer/songwriter/producer. His musical compositions range from ballads through to classic rock and have been enjoyed by audiences both in Europe and the United States.

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Track Name: A National Treasure
A National Treasure
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

(ALL)
OUR NATIONAL TREASURE IS AT HOME
BACK FROM THE SEAS HE LOVES TO ROAM
ASTRONOMER, PHILOSOPHER . . .
CAPTAIN COOK –MEASURE FOR MEASURE
A NATIONAL TREASURE

(NOBLES, GENTLEMEN & LADIES)
WE’RE BORN OF STERLING STOCK
WAITING FOR THE MAN OF THE YEAR
A PROVEN AND WORTHY PEER
JAMES COOK IS JUST LIKE US

(SERVANTS & OTHERS)
WE’RE JUST SOME COMMON FOLK
WAITING FOR THE MAN OF THE HOUR
NOT BORN TO WEALTH OR POWER
JAMES COOK IS JUST LIKE US

(ALL)
SAFE AND SECURE, OUR HERO’S HOME
BACK FROM THE SEAS HE LOVES TO ROAM
LOYALIST, HUMANIST . . .
CAPTAIN COOK – MEASURE FOR MEASURE
A NATIONAL TREASURE

(OMAI)
TOOTIE, SO NICE AND KIND
HE A DOOD FRIEND OF MINE

(BANKS and SOLANDER)
A TRUE MAN OF OUR TIME
WITH QUALITIES SUBLIME

(MARGUERITE)
WHEN CHEERLESS AND DOWN ON MY LUCK
MY INSPIRATION IS CAPTAIN COOK

(WILLIAM)
HIS MIND HELPED FURTHER HIS AMBITION
I CAN BE PART OF THAT TRADITION

(ALL)
SAFE AND SECURE, OUR HERO’S HOME
BACK FROM THE SEAS HE LOVES TO ROAM
PRAGMATIST, SCIENTIST . . .
CAPTAIN COOK – MEASURE FOR MEASURE
A NATIONAL TREASURE . . .
A NATIONAL TREASURE
Track Name: Mankind is on the March
MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
SCIENCE SOUNDS THE BEAT
KNOWLEDGE FOR ADVANCEMENT
PROBING THE UNIQUE

MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
EXAMINING THE SKIES
USING SIMPLE REASON
IMPROVING ALL OUR LIVES

NEWTON, VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU
TREAD A DIFFERENT PATH
SHEDDING LIGHT UPON THE DARK
ENLIGHTENMENT AT LAST!

I am offering to contribute £10,000 to finance the voyage of the HMS Endeavour for the advancement of science. Gentlemen, I have assembled an entourage of naturalists, botanists, and artists to record our findings, which will be subsequently published. Together we can create the world’s first voyage of scientific inquiry.

COLUMBUS, MAGELLAN
EXPLORED A DIFFERENT PATH
BRITANNIA TODAY
ENLIGHTENMENT AT LAST

SURVEY, SURMISE, EXPLORE
TRAVERSING OUR VAST GLOBE
GREAT CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
A NEW MAP WILL UNFOLD

BANKS and OTHERS
MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
LEARNING NATURE’S HISTORY
REVEALING UNKNOWN SPECIES
ENLIGHTENMENT’S NO MYSTERY

THE TIME IS NOW AT HAND
STRIDE A DIFFERENT PATH
SHED LIGHT UPON THE DARK
ENLIGHTENMENT AT LAST!
Track Name: I Want To Be Somebody Too
I Want to Be Somebody, Too.
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

(MARGUERITE)
THE DUCHESS OF KENT EATS CAVIAR WITH FLAIR
MARGUERITE HARTWIG GETS BOILED BEANS AS HER FARE

(WILLIAM)
THE DUKE OF YORK RIDES A COACH TRIMMED WITH GOLD
WILLIAM OF SOUTHWARK HAS HOLES IN HIS SOLES

(MARGUERITE)
CLEOPATRA RODE THAT BARGE DOWN THE NILE

(WILLIAM)
EVEN CAESAR’S DEATH IN THE FORUM HAD STYLE

(MARGUERITE)
HELEN OF TROY CAUSED A WAR TO BE FOUGHT

(WILLIAM)
HENRY THE EIGHTH HAD SIX WIVES IN HIS COURT

(WILLIAM AND MARGUERITE)
I WANT TO BE SOMEBODY, TOO
SOCIETY HAS CLIPPED OUR WINGS
RATHER THAN SOAR, WE DO MUNDANE THINGS
I WANT TO BE SOMEBODY, TOO
NOT A NOBODY—ONE OF THE SPECIAL FEW

(WILLIAM)
SO WHAT IF I’M BORN THE SON OF A TART?
NO CRIME, ME MUM HAD THE HEART OF A LARK

(MARGUERITE)
WHAT IF ME DAD WAS A BIT OF A LOUT?
‘TWAS EVERYONE’S PAL WHEN DRINKING HIS STOUT

(WILLIAM)
I WOULD LIKE TO GLIMPSE A FUTURE WITH HOPE
AND NOT BE KNOWN AS A PENNILESS BLOKE

(MARGUERITE)
I’D LIKE TO HAVE A NEW SHAWL OR A HAT
AND HEAR THE LADIES SAY, “OH, LOOK AT THAT!”

(WILLIAM AND MARGUERITE)
I WANT TO BE SOMEBODY, TOO

(MARGUERITE)
I DO NOT NEED ERMINE OR PEARLS

(WILLIAM)
NO NEED TO HOBNOB WITH DUKES OR EARLS

(WILLIAM AND MARGUERITE)
I WANT TO BE SOMEBODY, TOO
NOT A NOTHING—MORE THAN FAT IN THE STEW

WHAT DO THEY HAVE THAT WE DO NOT?
A TITLE—A FAMILY NAME
PRESTIGE—A SOCIAL GAME
POSITION—PSEUDO FAME
WEALTH—AND FISCAL PAIN
SAVOIR FAIRE—SO VERY LAME

(WILLIAM AND MARGUERITE)
I WANT TO BE SOMEBODY, TOO
MERELY TO HAVE A PIECE OF THE PIE
A SPECK OF RESPECT AS I STROLL BY
I WANT TO BE SOMEBODY, TOO
JUST A SOMEBODY—STARTING LIFE ANEW
Track Name: I'll Find Where The Real Truth Lies
I’LL FIND WHERE THE REAL TRUTH LIES
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon and Tim Hunter)

(WILLIAM)
MY LITTLE RED BOOK IS MORE THAN A HISTORY
WHERE ALL IS TOLD
IT WILL BE SOLD
THE TALE OF COOK’S SOUL’S MYSTERY

I WILL LOOK INSIDE HIS MIND
TO SEE WHAT SECRETS I WILL FIND

I WILL SEARCH INSIDE HIS HEART
TO SEE WHAT PASSIONS PLAY A PART

I WILL PEER INSIDE HIS SOUL
A BOOK OF REVELATIONS, MY GOAL

I’LL BE ABOARD HIS NEXT TRIP
I SCHEMED MY WAY ON TO THAT SHIP

ON A SHIP, ONLY SO LONG AND WIDE
IF ONE LOOKS AND SOMETIMES HIDES
USING HIS EARS AND ALWAYS HIS EYES
HE’LL FIND WHERE THE REAL TRUTH LIES
FIND WHERE THE REAL TRUTH LIES

THOUGH I ADMIRE CAPTAIN COOK
WE’LL GET RICH AND FAMOUS WITH MY BOOK
MY LITTLE RED BOOK ALWAYS AT HAND
IT WILL CONTAIN PERSONAL CONTRABAND

ON A SHIP, ONLY SO LONG AND WIDE . . .

Come on, Margauerite!

(WILLIAM and MARGUERITE)
ON A SHIP, SO LONG AND WIDE
IF ONE LOOKS AND SOMETIMES HIDES
USING HIS EARS AND ALWAYS HIS EYES
HE’LL FIND WHERE THE REAL TRUTH LIES
FIND WHERE THE REAL TRUTH LIES

(WILLIAM)
MY LITTLE RED BOOK IS MORE THAN A HISTORY

(MARGUERITE)
. . . MORE THAN A HISTORY

(WILLIAM)
WHERE ALL IS TOLD

(MARGUERITE)
WHERE ALL IS TOLD

(WILLIAM)
IT WILL BE SOLD

(MARGUERITE)
IT WILL BE SOLD

(WILLIAM and MARGUERITE)
THE TALE OF COOK’S SOUL’S MYSTERY
Track Name: The Old Man Has Seen Better Days
THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS (Music : Tim Hunter, Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS
WE BEST BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY
WE’RE JUST SOME BLOKES BEFORE THE YARD
TENDING T0 RIGGIN’ FORE AND AFT
‘ROUND THE HORN WE GLADLY CAME
THOUGHT WE’D GAIN A LITTLE FAME
BUT NOW AT SEA AND DISCONTENT
WONDERIN’ WHEN HARDSHIP WILL RELENT

THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS
WE BEST BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY
NEVER THOUGHT ON OCEAN WAVES
WE’D HARBOUR THOUGHTS OF MUTINOUS WAYS
MAYBE WE NEED TO BE A LITTLE BRAVE
BETTER STILL . . . WE’LL JUST HOPE AND PRAY
THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS
WE BEST BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY
Track Name: Cook's Dream
Instrumental :
Music: Tim Hunter
Words spoken by characters: Frederick McKinnon
Track Name: Epilogue: A National Treasure (Reprise)
A National Treasure (Reprise)
I’LL FIND WHERE THE REAL TRUTH LIES
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

(ALL)
TO ONE AND ALL, LET HIM BE KNOWN
A HERO ON THE SEAS, HE LOVED TO ROAM
SCIENTIST, HUMANIST
CAPTAIN COOK—MEASURE FOR MEASURE
HE IS A WORLD-RENOWN TREASURE

NOW AND ALWAYS LET IT BE TOLD
THE STORY OF ONE STRONG AND BOLD
ASTRONOMER, PHILOSOPHER, SCIENTIST, HUMANIST
CAPTAIN COOK—MEASURE FOR MEASURE
HE IS A WORLD-RENOWN TREASURE

(James)
LET PROVIDENCE AND FORTITUDE
BE THE WINDS THAT FILL MY SAILS
TO ACHIEVE MY LIFE’S AMBITION
AND LEAD ME ON GREAT MISSIONS

(Elizabeth)
YES OUR LOVE CAN BE . . .
THE SUNRISE OF MY MORNING
THE SUNSHINE OF MY NOON
THE AMBER OF MY SUNSET
THE CANDLE OF MY NIGHT

(James)
THEY SAY THIS SON OF LAND
IS CALLED MASTER OF THE SEA
ONLY THE WORLDWIDE OCEANS
AND THE WIND CAN SET ME FREE

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