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

by Tim Hunter

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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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Cook's Dream 01:12
Instrumental : Music: Tim Hunter Words spoken by characters: Frederick McKinnon
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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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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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'Through his musical albums, Knaresborough composer Tim Hunter helps bring to life the stories and legends of Yorkshire's rich heritage.' Yorkshire Post 1st May 2020.
Tim Hunter is a singer/songwriter/producer. His musical compositions range from pop ballads through to classic rock and have been enjoyed by audiences both in Europe and the United States.
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