A National Treasure

from Captain James Cook's Journeys by Tim Hunter

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After his first two astounding circumnavigations of the world, a great ball is being held at London’s Kensington Palace to honour (honor) James Cook on his being elected to the Royal Society and being appointed as a post-captain in the Royal British Navy. The lords, ladies and servants present sing this song expressing admiration for Cook as they await his arrival.

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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

(BURNEY & FRANCES)
A PRECIOUS JEWEL IN OUR CROWN
REVERED THE WHOLE WORLD ROUND

(BANKS)
A TRUE MAN OF OUR TIME
WITH QUALITIES SUBLIME

(MAGGIE)
WHEN CHEERLESS AND DOWN ON MY LUCK
MY INSPIRATION IS CAPTAIN COOK

(HARRY)
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

credits

from Captain James Cook's Journeys, released June 27, 2019
Lead Vocals: Phil Dean, Lucy Mizen,Chris Short, Phil Smith, Charles Hunt
Backing Vocals: Tim Hunter
Tim Hunter: Guitar, Keyboards; Drums: Dan Mizen

Produced by Tim Hunter for Northern Soundscapes.
Recorded at Northern Soundscapes Studios, Knaresborough
(Drums Recorded at Active Audio, Harrogate)
Copyright © 2018 Tim Hunter and Frederick McKinnon. All rights reserved. This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service: Registration No: 284700072

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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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