Blue Horizons - Volume 1 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James 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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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: Prospects of Adventure
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
Track Name: Loyalty and Love
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
Track Name: Too Soon
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
Track Name: Distant Hearts
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
Track Name: So Long Gone
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?
Track Name: Blue Horizons
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
Track Name: I Am The Man I Have To Be
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
Track Name: Godspeed, Captain Cook
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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