Life on The Ocean Wave - Volume 2 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook'

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Second 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 that highlight Cook’s adventures and discoveries in the Pacific Ocean .

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: Life On The Ocean Wave
Life on the Ocean Wave
(Lyrics from a poem by Epes Sargent ; Music: Tim Hunter)

A LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE!
A HOME ON THE ROLLING DEEP!
WHERE THE SCATTERED WATERS RAVE
AND THE WINDS THEIR REVELS KEEP,
LIKE AN EAGLE CAGED I PINE
ON WHITBY”S FAMILIAR SHORE,
OH, GIVE ME THE FLASHING BRINE,
THE SPRAY AND THE TEMPEST’S ROAR!

WITH COMFORT AND SAFETY GONE
WE SET SAILS UPON THE YARD
TO TRAVEL THE GREAT BEYOND
OUR COURAGE AND STRENGTH UNMARRED
WE’LL VISIT FOREIGN DOMAINS
WITH VIGOR AND GOOD CHEER
BUT OUR LONGINGS WILL REMAIN
TO BE ON OUR SEA SO DEAR
Track Name: Land Ho!
Land Ho!
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

FIFTY-NINE DAYS UPON THE SEAS
RATIONS OF SALT BEEF, GRUEL AND PEAS
TODAY, TOMORROW—THE SAME ROUTINE
THE ONLY FEMALES . . . ARE IN OUR DREAMS
TODAY, TOMORROW— THE SAME ROUTINES
SEARCHING FOR LAND NOBODY HAS SEEN

LAND HO! LAND HO!
A PROMISED LAND?
WE DO NOT KNOW
LAND HO! LAND HO!
MAN THE YARDS;
TRIM THE SAILS
LAND HO! LAND HO!
LAND HO! LAND HO!

NATIVES WITH CLUBS AND POINTY SPEARS
WOMEN WITH FLOWERS BEHIND THEIR EARS
STRANGE TRIBES WHO MUNCH ON FLESH
CAN PUT OUR HUMANITY TO THE TEST
FRESH PICKED FRUIT AND FRESH SHOT GAME
DAILY MEALS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME

LAND HO! LAND HO!
LAND HO! LAND HO!

INDIVIDUALS AND/OR GROUPS
EXOTIC AND LUSTY NEW LANDS
MIGHT PERHAPS BE ALMOST AT HAND
NEVER KNOW WHAT SIGHTS WE MIGHT SEE
MAKIN’ SOME BRITISH HISTORY
CAPTAIN COOK WILL DIRECT OUR WAY
GRUB AND GIRLS—OUR HOPE FOR TODAY

LAND HO! LAND HO!
A PROMISE LAND?
WE DO NOT KNOW
LAND HO! LAND HO!
MAN THE YARDS;
TRIM THE SAILS
LAND HO! LAND HO!
LAND HO! LAND HO! . . . LAND HO!
Track Name: Let Peace Prevail (In New Zealand)
LET PEACE PREVAIL (IN NEW ZEALAND)

(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

TWO MIGHTY PEOPLES
NOBLE TRIBES AND ROYAL CROWN
IN GOD’S EYES WE'RE EQUAL
WILL BE KNOWN TO ALL THE WORLD

TWO MIGHTY NATIONS
HISTORIES BOLD AND BRAVE
WITH RIGHTEOUS ASPIRATIONS
WILL BE KNOWN TO ALL THE WORLD

LET PEACE PREVAIL IN NEW ZEALAND
LET PEACE PREVAIL
LET PEACE PREVAIL IN NEW ZEALAND
LET PEACE PREVAIL

TWO MIGHTY SAGAS
OF COURAGE, CRAFT AND ART
BOTH WITH HUMAN DRAMAS
WILL BE KNOWN TO ALL THE WORLD

TWO MIGHTY LANDS
ACHIEVING PEACE AND HONOR
HOLDING OUT OUR HANDS
WILL BE KNOWN TO ALL THE WORLD

LET PEACE PREVAIL

ONE MIGHTY DESIGN
TRADING AND ADVANCEMENT
LESSONS FOR MANKIND
WILL BE KNOWN TO ALL THE WORLD

LET PEACE PREVAIL IN NEW ZEALAND
LET PEACE PREVAIL
LET PEACE PREVAIL IN NEW ZEALAND
LET PEACE PREVAIL
Track Name: Australia - Land of Opportunity
Australia—A Land of Opportunity
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon and Tim Hunter)

A southern land, let’s call it Australia
Landscapes, mountains, giant ants
A new land with exotic plants
A place British blokes ain’t been
With bouncing beasties ner’ ‘fore seen
A garden of delights—Mr. Banks’ dream

Yes, we’ve sailed through the far southern seas
And we found a land with mystery
A land down under, a new world of wonders
A land of opportunity
Australia–a land of opportunity
Australia—a land of opportunity

(COOK)
Interesting observations, Young Nick.

(BANKS)
I think you may have something there, lad . . . a land of opportunity.

(YOUNG NICK)
I have a little more.

(COOK)
Sing on, Young Nick. Sing on!

(YOUNG NICK)
Here we are in Bot’ny Bay
Mr. Banks would love to stay
But the Captain will say, “We’re on our way”
To explore another place, another day

(BANKS)
That’s for sure, Young Nick.

(YOUNG NICK)
A southern land, let’s call it Australia
Untamed nature; big bees in the air
A new land with snakes here and there
Beneath the Southern Cross, so fair
With harsh and beautiful combined
Incognita it may not be, but it’s still our find . . .

(BANKS)
Shall we join in, captain?

(COOK)
Yes, good idea, Banks!

(YOUNG NICK, BANKS & COOK)
Yes, we’ve sailed through the far southern seas
And found a land with mystery
A land down under, a new world of wonders
A land of opportunity
Australia–a land of opportunity
Australia—a land of opportunity
Australia, Australia . . . Australia, Australia
Track Name: Cultivate Your Garden
CULTIVATE YOUR GARDEN
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

CULTIVATE YOUR GARDEN
GIVING SEEDS TIME TO GROW
BE ATTENTIVE TO REAPING
REWARDS FROM WHAT YOU SOW

YOU’VE TRAVELED ‘ROUND THE WORLD
HAVE SEEN SOME WONDROUS SIGHTS
BEEN GREETED BY THE KING
AND DINED WITH ENGLAND’S BEST
NOW YOU MUST DO THE REST

CULTIVATE YOUR GARDEN
GIVING SEEDS TIME TO GROW
BE ATTENTIVE TO REAPING
REWARDS FROM WHAT YOU SOW

FIND HAPPINESS AND PEACE
ENJOY YOUR LOVELY LAND
USE ALL THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED
LIVE BETTER THAN BEFORE
UPON THIS DISTANT SHORE

YOU’VE SAILED THE SEVEN SEAS
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH WE’VE COME
TO BRING YOU NOBLY HOME
HOPING YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE
CONTENT AND WITHOUT STRIFE

CULTIVATE YOUR GARDEN
GIVING SEEDS TIME TO GROW
BE ATTENTIVE TO REAPING
RESULTS FROM WHAT YOU SOW
Track Name: Otaheiti
OTAHEITI
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

HIGH
HIGH ON A HILL
OTAHEITI LIES BEFORE ME
IN NATURE’S EXOTIC GLORY
A SOUTH SEA PARADISE

HEAVEN
HEAVEN ON EARTH
MAN IN UNSPOILED SPLENDOR
WILD PASSIONS YET EMOTIONS TENDER
A LAND KNOWN TO ENTICE

OTAHEITI – OTAHEITI
OTAHEITI, I’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER ISLE
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

OTAHEITI – OTAHEITI
OTAHEITI, I’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER ISLE
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

SIGHTS
SIGHTS TO BEHOLD
WATER FROM ARIEL FOUNTAINS
CASCADING DOWN GREEN MOUNTAINS
A SOUTH SEAS PARADISE

LADIES
LADIES OF LOVE
SENSUOUS HIPS SWAYING
THEIR INVITING LIPS SAYING
IT’S YOU THAT I DESIRE

OTAHEITI – OTAHEITI
OTAHEITI, I’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER ISLE
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

OTAHEITI – OTAHEITI
OTAHEITI, I’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER ISLE
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU
Track Name: Cook's Lament
Cook’s Lament
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

THERE WAS A TIME
WHEN GOALS WERE SET
OBJECTIVES MET
PASSIONS PURE
MY FAME SECURE

DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS TURN TO DUST
TAINTED BY MAN’S DESIRES AND LUST
HOW EASY TO BECOME FORTUNE’S FOOL
THE WINDS OF FATE TURN BITTER AND CRUEL

I NEVER ASKED FOR AN EASY COURSE
I NEVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE NO COST
FAIR WEATHER COMES AND GOES
BUT WHY NOW? WHY NOW
DO I FEEL DISPIRITED AND LOST?

AREN’T I THE SAME JAMES COOK?

YET MY SWEET BETH SEEMS SO FAR AWAY
I FEAR FOR MY LITTLE BOYS TODAY
HAVE I BEEN LED BY PURE AMBITION
IN TAKING ON THIS FUTILE MISSION?

DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS TURN TO DUST
TAINTED BY MAN’S DESIRES AND LUST
HOW EASY TO BECOME FORTUNE’S FOOL
THE WINDS OF FATE TURN BITTER AND CRUEL

I MUST RESOLVE TO FIGHT THE TIDE
SECURE PROVIDENCE ON MY SIDE
HAVEN’T I DONE IT TIMES BEFORE?
I MUST SUCCEED JUST ONCE MORE

AREN’T I THE SAME JAMES COOK?

THERE WAS A TIME
WHEN GOALS WERE SET
OBJECTIVES MET
PASSIONS PURE
MY FAME SECURE

AM I NOT THE SAME JAMES COOK?
AM I NOT THE SAME JAMES COOK?
Track Name: Ice Islands
Ice Islands
((Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

(SAILOR)
STRONG GALES, DENSE FOG
FROZEN DAGGERS HANGING FROM THE YARDS

A WOODEN VESSEL—FRAGILE AND SLIGHT
WANDERING THROUGH A WILDERNESS OF WHITE

BRUTAL COLD, CHILLED TO THE BONE
WILL I NEVER EVER SEE MY HOME?

(COOK)
THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

(SAILOR)
HOW FAR? HOW FAR?

(COOK)
IS OUR GOAL

(SAILOR)
HOW FAR? HOW FAR?

(COOK)
I’LL GO AS FAR AS MAN CAN GO.

(SAILOR)
CRUEL SLEET, PIERCING FROST
GOING FURTHER—BUT AT WHAT COST?

GIANT ICE HILLS PASS US BY
IF ONE SHOULD STRIKE, WE ALL WILL DIE

OMINOUS WHITE FIELDS LIE AHEAD
LOCKED IN ICE IS A SAILOR’S DREAD

(COOK)
THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

(SAILOR)
HOW FAR? HOW FAR?

(COOK)
IS IT HERE?

(SAILOR)
HOW FAR? HOW FAR?

(COOK)
HOW FAR SHOULD MEN BE FORCED TO GO?

(SAILOR)
AN ICE ISLAND WORLD
OF BEAUTY AND HORROR
FEELING ADMIRATION, SENSING DANGER

(SAILOR)
ICE ISLANDS EVERYWHERE
DEEPENING EACH MAN’S FEAR

(SAILOR)
THIS GHOSTLY EERINESS
ONLY ADD TO OUR DISTRESS
SEA LIONS AND SNOW BEARS DWELL HERE WELL
FOR A BRITISH TAR THIS IS HELL

(COOK)
THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

(SAILOR)
HOW FAR? HOW FAR?

(COOK)
IS IT REAL?

(SAILOR)
HOW FAR? HOW FAR?

(COOK)
WE’VE GONE AS FAR AS MAN SHOULD GO
Mr. Burney, set our course south, south west.I feel forced to concede there is little prospect of finding the Northwest Passage here.

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