Here Lies John Metcalfe

from On The Road With Blind Jack by Tim Hunter

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Following Jack's death, Bill sings a song inspired by Jack’s Epitaph, which is engraved on the headstone in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Spofforth.

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Here Lies John Metcalf
(Lyrics based on John Metcalfe’s Epitaph & Music: Tim Hunter)


"Here lies John Metcalf, one whose infant sight
Felt the dark pressure of an endless night;
Yet such the fervour of his dauntless mind,
His limbs full strung, his spirits unconfined,

Here lies John Metcalf, Here lies John Metcalf

That, long ere yet life’s bolder years began,
The sightless efforts mark’d th’ aspiring man;
Nor mark’d in vain—high deeds his manhood dared,
And commerce, travel, both his ardour shared.
’Twas his a guide’s unerring aid to lend—
O’er trackless wastes to bid new roads extend;

Here lies John Metcalf, Here lies John Metcalf

And, when rebellion reared her giant size,
’Twas his to burn with patriot enterprise;
For parting wife and babes, one pang to feel,
Then welcome danger for his country’s weal.

Reader, like him, exert thy utmost talent given!
Reader, like him, adore the bounteous hand of Heaven.
Here lies John Metcalf, Here lies John Metcalf
Here lies John Metcalf, Here lies John Metcalf

Bill: Jack was our inspiration, The Inspiration to win.

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from On The Road With Blind Jack, released June 18, 2017
Eddie Lawler: Lead Vocals
Tim Hunter: Backing Vocals, Guitars, Synthesiser, Keyboards, Sequencing, Drums.
Jasmine Isa Butterworth: Backing Vocals
Recorded, Produced and Mastered at Northern Soundscapes Studios,Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK
Copyright © 2017 Tim Hunter.
All rights reserved. This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service: Registration No:284704936

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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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