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After leaving New Zealand, Cook headed northeast, eventually encountering the east coast of Australia. After dropping anchor in Botany Bay, naturalist Joseph Banks and a helper go ashore and return with exotic plants and flowers, which are being carefully catalogued in the captain’s ‘great cabin’. Banks, Young Nick and Cook sing a song about the wonderful possibilities for this marvelous southern land.

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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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from Life on The Ocean Wave - Volume 2 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook', released February 14, 2018
Ian Wallace: Lead Vocals; additional vocals: Tim Hunter and Chris Short; Tim Hunter: Guitar, Keyboards; Dan Mizen: Drums.

Produced by Tim Hunter for Northern Soundscapes.
Recorded at Northern Soundscapes Studios, Knaresborough
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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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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