Blue Horizons - Volume 1 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook'

by Tim Hunter

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Prospects of Adventure (Music: Tim Hunter, Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon) LET PROVIDENCE AND FORTITUDE BE THE WINDS THAT FILL MY SAILS TO ACHIEVE MY LIFE’S AMBITION AND LEAD ME ON GREAT MISSIONS AS A YORKSHIRE FARM BOY ROSEBERRY TOPPING I WOULD CLIMB TO VIEW THE SEA BEYOND THE SHORE OTHER WORLDS MEANT TO FIND A TOILING VILLAGE SHOP LAD WITH TEEMING OCEAN NEAR I’D SENSE A PASSION IN MY SOUL AS SAILORS’ TALES I’D HEAR Goddamit! It’s time to be master of my fate. ON WHITBY SHIPS I’LL GO TO SAIL THE GREAT NORTH SEA I’LL STUDY SEAMANSHIP AND STARS THERE’S SOMETHING CALLING ME LET PROVIDENCE AND FORTITUDE BE THE WINDS THAT FILL MY SAILS TO ACHIEVE MY LIFE’S AMBITION AND LEAD ME ON GREAT MISSIONS LIFE ON LAND IS NOT FOR ME I WANT TO BE FREE I CAN SEE . . . PROSPECTS OF ADVENTURE PROSPECTS OF ADVENTURE LET PROVIDENCE AND FORTITUDE BE THE WINDS THAT FILL MY SAILS TO ACHIEVE MY LIFE’S AMBITION AND LEAD ME ON GREAT MISSIONS PROSPECTS OF ADVENTURE PROSPECTS OF ADVENTURE
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Loyalty and Love (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon) I’VE SURVIVED GREAT BATTLES AND FOUGHT THE RAGING SEA BUT NEVER GAVE MY HEART TO A LASS SO DEAR TO ME. AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE I SHOULD BE A MARRIED MAN I WOULD LIKE A WIFE AND CHILDREN WILL SHE GIVE ME HER HAND? IN A WORLD OF CHANGING FORTUNE TWO THINGS DO ENDURE LOYALTY AND LOVE LOYALTY AND LOVE I’LL PLEDGE MY HEART FOREVER OF THAT I CAN BE SURE LOYALTY AND LOVE LOYALTY AND LOVE I’VE NOT BEEN VERSED IN ROMANCE WILL I KNOW WHAT TO SAY? HOW CAN I LET HER KNOW I CAN SEE OUR WEDDING DAY? (ELIZABETH enters and approaches JAMES.) ELIZABETH A little early for dinner, Mr. Cook. Father said you were in this morning to have a talk with him. Will you have your usual ale? JAMES No thank you, Miss Batts. Hot tea will be fine. I ONCE KNEW LITTLE SWEET BETH AS ONLY A DARLING CHILD BUT NOW SHE’S A WOMAN TODAY MY HEART’S BEGUILED I’VE NOT BEEN VERSED IN ROMANCE BUT I WILL KNOW WHAT TO SAY AND I MUST LET HER KNOW I CAN SEE OUR WEDDING DAY I’LL PLEDGE MY HEART FOREVER OF THAT I CAN BE SURE LOYALTY AND LOVE LOYALTY AND LOVE
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Too Soon 02:58
Too Soon (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon) IS IT TOO SOON FOR ME TO LOVE A MAN AS BOLD AND BRAVE AS HE? IN ALL THE WORLD I’VE NOT MET ONE WHO CAN BE SO PRECIOUS TO ME IS IT UNWISE FOR ME TO LOVE A HUSBAND SO OFTEN AT SEA? ALONE WITH MY PRAYERS AND MY FEARS IS THAT WHAT MY MARRIAGE SHOULD BE? BUT OUR LOVE CAN BE . . . THE SUNRISE OF MY MORNING THE SUNSHINE OF MY NOON THE AMBER OF MY SUNSET THE CANDLE OF MY NIGHT IS IT NOT UNWISE TO CURB MY LOVE FOR THE SOUL I MOST ADMIRE? FOOLISH OR NOT, MY CHOICE IS CLEAR LOVING HIM IS MY ONE DESIRE OUR LOVE CAN BE THE SUNRISE OF MY MORNING THE SUNSHINE OF MY NOON THE AMBER OF MY SUNSET THE CANDLE OF MY NIGHT
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DISTANT HEARTS (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon and Tim Hunter) ONE LITTLE STAR SHINING IN HEAVEN RIGHT THERE FOR US TO SEE A GUIDING LIGHT A VISION TO SHARE A PRECIOUS PRIZE FOR YOU AND FOR ME (ELIZABETH) ONE DISTANT GLEAM HIGH UP ABOVE US A TOUCH OF GOD’S DESIGN A GIFT FOR TWO A SYMBOL OF LOVE WILL EVER REMIND ME THAT YOU ARE MINE (JAMES and ELIZABETH) THOUGH MILES AND TIME MAY LIVE BETWEEN OUR DAYS OUR SOULS WILL NEVER BE FAR WHENEVER WE LOOK TO OUR STAR DISTANT HEARTS FOLLOWING THE SAME STAR WE’LL NEVER BE APART WE’LL NEVER BE FAR (JAMES) ONE HOPEFUL SIGN WHEN MISSING YOU MOST FROM LAND OR FROM SEA (ELIZABETH) A BRILLIANT SIGHT A FEELING TO HOLD TO BRING MY CHERISHED LOVE BACK TO ME (JAMES and ELIZABETH) THOUGH MILES AND TIME MAY LIVE BETWEEN OUR DAYS OUR SOULS WILL NEVER BE FAR WHENEVER WE LOOK TO OUR STAR DISTANT HEARTS FOLLOWING THE SAME STAR WE’LL NEVER BE APART WE’LL NEVER BE FAR (JAMES) ONE HOPEFUL SIGN WHEN MISSING YOU MOST FROM LAND OR FROM SEA (ELIZABETH) A BRILLIANT SIGHT A FEELING TO HOLD TO BRING MY CHERISHED LOVE BACK TO ME (JAMES and ELIZABETH) DISTANT HEARTS FOLLOWING THE SAME STAR WE’LL NEVER BE APART WE’LL NEVER BE FAR
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So Long Gone 03:32
So Long Gone (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon) ELIZABETH IN TIMES LIKE THESE I WANT YOU BY MY SIDE TO SHARE OUR FATES AND WITHSTAND THE TIDES ELIZABETH WE PLEDGED OUR LOVE TO ENDURE THE YEARS WE LOOKED TO LIFE’S FORTUNE WITH HOPE AND NO FEARS SO LONG GONE WHERE CAN YOU BE? SO LONG GONE AT SEA – AT SEA I SEARCH IN THE STARS FOR THE ONE WE MADE OURS SO LONG GONE SHOULDN’T YOU BE HERE WITH ME? I KNOW MY ROLE AS A DISCOVERER’S WIFE BUT I LONG FOR A LESS LONELY LIFE SOME DAYS I’M STRONG AND I BEAR THE PAIN WE MADE OUR VOWS JAMES, YOU’RE NOT TO BLAME SO LONG GONE WHERE CAN YOU BE? SO LONG GONE AT SEA – AT SEA I SEARCH IN THE STARS FOR THE ONE WE MADE OURS SO LONG GONE SHOULDN’T YOU BE HERE WITH ME? DON’T YOU KNOW . . . I LOVE YOU I NEED YOU I MISS YOU SO LONG GONE WHERE CAN YOU BE? SO LONG GONE AT SEA – AT SEA I SEARCH IN THE STARS FOR THE ONE WE MADE OURS SO LONG GONE WHY AREN’T YOU HERE WITH ME?
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Blue Horizon (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon) LET ME SEE A BLUE HORIZON AND AN ISLAND WILL BE FOUND ALLOW ME THE VAST PACIFIC NOT A CITY WHERE I’M BOUND I WANT A BLUE HORIZON . . . BLUE HORIZON I AM A SON OF LAND HAILED AS MASTER OF THE SEA THE OCEAN IS IN MY SOUL AND THE WIND DOES SET ME FREE I’VE GONE FARTHER THAN ANY MAN I’D SAIL FROM POLE TO POLE MY CHARTS WILL BE MY LEGACY I’VE BEEN TWO TIMES AROUND THE GLOBE LET ME SEE A BLUE HORIZON AND AN ISLAND WILL BE FOUND ALLOW ME THE VAST PACIFIC NOT A CITY WHERE I’M BOUND I WANT A BLUE HORIZON . . . BLUE HORIZON I know I’ve been away from my family a great deal—for years at a time . But once my objectives have been achieved, I always returned. HOME TO MY SONS AND BETH ACROSS THE AZURE SEAS BACK TO MY HEART’S DESIRE IS WHERE I OUGHT TO BE NOW MY JOURNALS DO I WRITE SOME PROM’NENT MAPS BEGUN AT HOME WITH BETH AND BOYS HONOR AND POSITION WON YET WHEN I SEE A BLUE HORIZON AN ISLAND WILL BE FOUND ALLOW ME THE VAST PACIFIC NOT A CITY WHERE I’M BOUND BLUE HORIZON . . . BLUE HORIZON
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I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon) (JAMES) I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE NEEDING TO PURSUE A NEW AMBITION WITH HONOR, COURAGE AND FIDELITY FULFILLING ROYAL NAVY TRADITION (ELIZABETH) I LOVE YOU FOR THE MAN YOU ARE NOT FOR GLORY OR FAME I JUST NEED YOU NEAR ME (JAMES) I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE SAILING A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY FOR THE WHOLE OF HUMANITY TO SEE TO GUARANTEE OUR FAMILY LEGACY (ELIZABETH) I KNOW YOUR DREAMS ARE ALWAYS BOLD AND CARRY YOU TO DISTANT SHORES WE JUST WANT YOU WITH US (JAMES) I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE ONE LAST ACT ON THE VAST PACIFIC STAGE UPON THE WAVES THAT SET MY SPIRIT FREE AND I’LL REMAIN AT HOME THROUGH MY OLD AGE THE NORTHERN ROUTE I’LL SWIFTLY FIND THAT WILL BE MY FINAL PAGE PLEASE, BETH, JUST BELIEVE IN ME (ELIZABETH) YOU ARE THE MAN YOU HAVE TO BE NEEDING TO PURSUE A NEW AMBITION MY MISTER COOK—I’LL LOVE YOU ETERNALLY COME HOME QUICKLY AFTER YOUR GREAT MISSION
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GODSPEED, CAPTAIN COOK (Music:Tim Hunter; Lyrics Frederick McKinnon) (BURNEY) YOUR OCEAN BIDS YOU AS IT ONCE AND ALWAYS HAS TO EARN YOUR LAURELS OF DISTINCTION YOUR OCEAN BIDS YOU YOUR OCEAN BIDS YOU TO YOUR FINAL RESTING PLACE WITH HONOR AND FAME LEFT BEHIND YOUR OCEAN BIDS YOU GODSPEED, CAPTAIN COOK A MAN UNLIKE ANY OTHER YOU’VE GUIDED US THROUGH THICK AND THIN EVER BEING OUR GUIDING LIGHT EVER STRIVING TO DO WHAT’S BEST WE’LL CARRY ON YOUR FINAL QUEST GODSPEED, CAPTAIN COOK (MARINES fire salute.) BURNEY Okay, men, get back to work. It’s what the captain would have wanted WILLIAM Sir, if I may, I’d like to say a little longer. BURNEY Very well, Hartwig. (WILLIAM) GODSPEED, CAPTAIN COOK YOUR JOURNALS AND CHARTS-- FINALLY DONE THE STORM WITHIN IS CALM AT LAST YOU PAID FOR THAT THE HIGHEST PRICE NOW YOUR EXPLOITS ARE PART OF HISTORY WILL I BETRAY YOUR SOUL’S MYSTERY? WILLIAM (Looking out to sea) Like any other man, Captain James Cook possessed secrets--emotions and fears, which he chose not to share with the world. (Producing his red book) Should my literary aspirations reveal them and diminish his legacy? Goodbye my little red book. Go join our noble captain. (Tosses the red book into the sea.) (WILLIAM) GODSPEED, CAPTAIN COOK

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First part of a 3 volume set of songs taken from the musical play 'Journeys:Captain James Cook' by Frederick McKinnon and Tim Hunter.
This volume contains a selection of 8 songs, focusing on Cook’s initial ambitions, his love for his wife Elizabeth, his determination to go on the fateful 3rd voyage and, finally, his tragic death in Hawaii.

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 © 2016 Tim Hunter. 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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