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Following tragic events in Hawaii, Lt. James Burney conducts the funeral service for Captain James Cook, and he and Cook’s valet, William Hartwig, who was keeping a secret journal about the captain, bid him farewell.

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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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from Blue Horizons - Volume 1 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook', released February 14, 2018
Tim Hunter:Guitar, Keyboards; Vocals: Phil Smith, Phil Dean, 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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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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