Tim Hunter - Yorkshire Through The Ages II

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Moorland Drifters (Music and Lyrics: Tim Hunter) We’re Moorland Drifters, drifting by Like the clouds drift across the sky Take my hand and we’ll fly Stay together and never say goodbye May your spirit stay with me Cathy we’ll be finally free To walk across the windswept moors As we did so many years before We’re Moorland Drifters, drifting by Like the clouds drift across the sky Take my hand and we’ll fly Stay together and never say goodbye Through the dark and stormy gales We’ll cross the hills and walk the dales To the highest mountain peak There we’ll find the path we seek We’re Moorland Drifters, drifting by Like the clouds drift across the sky Take my hand and we’ll fly Stay together and never say goodbye
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Constantine 02:59
Constantine (Music and Lyrics Tim Hunter © 2020) There were so many things That he needed to fix When he became the emperor In York in AD 306 He was losing control And wanted solutions Like an end to persecutions And a brand new state religion Constantine He Defined The Bible that we all now read And the Nicean Creed The church was divided Needing unity He settled the date of Easter He defined Christianity He favoured the Christians He changed history Founded Constantinople Creating a new great city Constantine He Defined The Bible that we all now read And the Nicean Creed
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A Woodland Prayer (Hear us Oh Lord) (Music Tim Hunter © 2020, Lyrics: traditional) Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee. To Thee, highest King, Redeemer of all, Do we lift up our eyes in weeping Hear, O Christ, the prayers of your servants. Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee. Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee. Right hand of the Father Our corner-stone, way of salvation, gate of heaven, Hear, O Christ ,wash away our stains of sin. Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee. Hear us, O Lord, Hear us, O Lord Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.
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St Hilda of Whitby (Music and Lyrics Tim Hunter © 2020) St Hilda of Whitby Helped form English Christianity Convened the first Synod Promoted the word of God Born into a hard place Her story inspires us all She always had such grace From baptism to hearing the call A people friendly mission Becoming an Abbess She offered salvation Community and kindness St Hilda of Whitby Helped form English Christianity Convened the first Synod Promoted the word of God Her innate wisdom Her model of ministry She shared her vision Based on humanity Fought the cause for women Promoted the Gospel Ascending into Heaven Guided by Angels A spiritual Mother She listened to and enabled Caedmon and his song Which is now fabled St Hilda of Whitby Helped form English Christianity Convened the first Synod Promoted the word of God
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Castle on the Crag (Music and Lyrics Tim Hunter © 2020) Castle on the Crag, Castle on the Crag Where the Ravens Roam is a castle that old King John called his home in Knaresborough he sang lots of songs Castle of the Crag where we still Fly the Flag. Castle on the Crag, Castle on the Crag King John went hunting in the forest of Knaresborough to slay the beast, bring it home for a feast, In the Castle on the Crag, Castle of the Crag where we still Fly the Flag, Castle on the Crag, Castle on the Crag. This is a Royalist Town, Parliament gonna take our castle down, don’t trust those who preach equality, no we’d rather keep the monarchy and stay free. Can we keep the tower? So, in our darkest hour we can Fly the Flag, on the Castle on the Crag Castle on the Crag, Castle on the Crag No parliament is gonna take this town again, we’ll remain true and stand our ground, on the Castle on the Crag, Where we still Fly the Flag Castle on the Crag, Castle on the Crag
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Mother Shipton (The Dragon's Tail) (Music and Lyrics Tim Hunter © 2020) For storms will rage and oceans roar Earthquakes will split the plain to shore, And fiery dragons cross the sky Six times before the earth shall die All signs of mankind's fall and decline The Dragon's Tail will cross the sky And then the earth will die Those were the words of Mother Shipton That's what she prophesied And when the Dragon's Tail is gone Man tries to carry on But it’s too late to escape our fate. We should have listened to Mother Shipton And before the race is built anew, A silver serpent comes into view And spews out men of like unknown To mingle with the earth now grown All signs of mankind's fall and decline The Dragon's Tail will cross the sky And then the earth will die Those were the words of Mother Shipton That's what she prophesied And when the Dragon's Tail is gone Man tries to carry on But it’s too late to escape our fate. We should have listened to Mother Shipton Tim Hunter © 2016
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Blind Jack (The inspiration to win) (Music and Lyrics Tim Hunter © 2020) Blind Jack laid the tracks That showed the way for roads That we’d find hard to build today Blind Jack was another character From Old Knaresborough He was an entrepreneur And he’d sing and play the violin Walking into battle, only he could bring The Inspiration to win Determination don’t give in Inspire us all to achieve Take it higher and let’s all believe in Blind Jack Blind Jack, Blind Jack Blind Jack, always achieving He never stopped believing He could do anything He just kept on working And he’d sing and play the violin Walking into battle, only he could bring The Inspiration to win Determination don’t give in Inspire us all to achieve Take it higher and let’s all believe in Blind Jack Blind Jack, Blind Jack The Inspiration to win Determination don’t give in Inspire us all to achieve Take it higher and let’s all believe in Blind Jack, The Inspiration to win © 2016 Tim Hunter
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House of Rock (Music and Lyrics: Tim Hunter © 2020) Turn back the clock, and live a life of old In a House of Rock and Roll Take a stroll down Abbey Road, see the cave where St Robert saved his soul, And the tree sculptures watch you walking by, To the Chapel and House carved in stone so high Walk up to the castle and see the view in the market place, Blind Jack is sat next to you Turn back the clock, and live a life of old In a House of Rock and Roll. Don’t let the storm take its toll, Live in a House of Rock and Roll Cross the bridge and see the Dropping Well Where old Mother Shipton used to dwell, See the cave where so much was prophesied and take a look at all that has been petrified Walk up to the castle and see the view in the market place, Blind Jack is sat next to you Turn back the clock, and live a life of old In a House of Rock and Roll. Don’t let the storm take its toll, Live in a House of Rock and Roll Tim Hunter © 2016
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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
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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
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The Walrus And The Carpenter (Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: taken from Lewis Carroll’s poem) Dodgson: The Walrus and the Carpenter The Walrus and the Carpenter Were walking close at hand; They wept like anything to see Such quantities of sand: If this were only cleared away we may Find a Chessman, O Oysters, come and walk with us! The Walrus did beseech. A pleasant walk, Along the briny beach: The Walrus and the Carpenter Walked on a mile or so, and then they rested on a rock conveniently low: And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row. The time has come, the Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships of cabbages and kings I weep for you, the Walrus said: I deeply sympathize. With sobs and tears he sorted out those of the largest size. O Oysters, said the Carpenter, You've had a pleasant run! Shall we be trotting home again? But answer came there none And this was scarcely odd, because They'd eaten every one. The Walrus and the Carpenter. We’ve found the Chessmen and we’re ready to play, We’ll make sure The Red Queen doesn’t get her way
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Captains of Industry (Music and lyrics: Tim Hunter) Capitalism Put more food on the table Than Socialism Ever was able to Look after workers And keep them all healthy That is the best way To make yourself wealthy Titus Salt And Joseph Rowntree Were the Captains of Industry Titus Salt And Joseph Rowntree Were the Captains of Industry Don’t need the unions Just need to be ethical Just need to be human And be equable Philanthropy And a little charity I guess its common sense And then we all stay free Titus Salt Joseph Rowntree Were the Captains of Industry Titus Salt Joseph Rowntree Were the Captains of Industry Titus Salt Joseph Rowntree Were the Captains of Industry Benevolent Capitalism It’s better than Communism Benevolent Capitalism It’s better than Communism

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Yorkshire Through The Ages II

This is the second volume of Tim’s musical tour of England’s largest county, Yorkshire and its History and Culture.
This collection features 12 songs covering many people, places and events from the 4th to the 19th centuries.

The album starts off ‘Moorland Drifters’, a song inspired by ‘Heathcliffe and Cathy’ from ‘Wuthering Heights’ written by Yorkshire novelist Emily Bronte.

Then we have 3 songs about the development of Christianity in the region:

‘Constantine’ - about the Roman Emperor who took the throne while in York in AD 306 and later converted to Christianity and effectively established the Roman Catholic Church. (The cover of 'Yorkshire Through The Ages II' is, in fact, a picture of a statue of Constantine situated in front of York Minster).
‘A Woodland Prayer’ – inspired by the 13th century Hermit and Saint, St Robert of Knaresborough
‘St Hilda of Whitby’ – about the pioneering 7th century Abbess who helped found English Christianity

Then there are four songs about famous people and places from the historic town of Knaresborough, probably the most important town in Northern England in the earlier part of the last millennium:

'Castle On The Crag' Knaresborough famous 12th Century castle where King John spent a lot of his time.
'Mother Shipton' the legendary 16th century Knaresborough prophetess
'Blind Jack' about the pioneering 18th century Knaresborough Road Builder
'House Of Rock' about a distinctive house carved out of the rock face on a crag in the 18th century in Knaresborough

These are followed by two songs about 2 distant countries ‘down under’ with which Yorkshire has a strong connection through North Yorkshire’s famous 18th century explorer Captain James Cook.

‘Let Peace Prevail in New Zealand’ about how Cook established friendly trade between his crew and the Maoris. He sings a song of hope for a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship between the British and the natives.

‘Australia (Land Of Opportunity)’ – a song about when Cook dropped anchor in Botany Bay, and naturalist Joseph Banks and a helper go ashore and return with exotic plants and flowers.

As with YTTA volume 1, we finish with songs about 19th Century fantasy, imagination and the industrial revolution.

A song inspired by one of the poems of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) a North Yorkshire resident and frequent visitor to Whitby.

‘Captains Of Industry’ about the 19th Century Benevolent Capitalism pioneered by two famous Yorkshire Industrialists: Titus Salt (of Saltaire) and Joseph Rowntree (of York).

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released August 31, 2020

Produced by Tim Hunter
Recorded at Northern Soundscapes Studios,
Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK.

Copyright © 2020 Tim Hunter.
All rights reserved. This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service: Registration Numbers:
284719265; 284734353; 284701623; 284700072; 284728845

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Tim Hunter Knaresborough, UK

'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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