I Am The Man I Have To Be

from Captain James Cook's Journeys by Tim Hunter

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Despite Elizabeth’s misgivings about James commanding a third Pacific voyage, he has decided to go on what would be his last great adventure. He and his wife sing a duet sharing their intimate, but sometime conflicting, feelings.

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I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

(JAMES)
I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE
NEEDING TO PURSUE A NEW AMBITION
WITH HONOR, COURAGE AND FIDELITY
FULFILLING ROYAL NAVY TRADITION

(ELIZABETH)
I LOVE YOU FOR THE MAN YOU ARE
NOT FOR GLORY OR FAME
I JUST NEED YOU NEAR ME

(JAMES)
I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE
SAILING A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
FOR THE WHOLE OF HUMANITY TO SEE
TO GUARANTEE OUR FAMILY LEGACY

(ELIZABETH)
I KNOW YOUR DREAMS ARE ALWAYS BOLD
AND CARRY YOU TO DISTANT SHORES
WE JUST WANT YOU WITH US

(JAMES)
I AM THE MAN I HAVE TO BE
ONE LAST ACT ON THE VAST PACIFIC STAGE
UPON THE WAVES THAT SET MY SPIRIT FREE
AND I’LL REMAIN AT HOME THROUGH MY OLD AGE

THE NORTHERN ROUTE I’LL SWIFTLY FIND
THAT WILL BE MY FINAL PAGE
PLEASE, BETH, JUST BELIEVE IN ME

(ELIZABETH)
YOU ARE THE MAN YOU HAVE TO BE
NEEDING TO PURSUE A NEW AMBITION
MY MISTER COOK—I’LL LOVE YOU ETERNALLY
COME HOME QUICKLY AFTER YOUR GREAT MISSION

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from Captain James Cook's Journeys, released June 27, 2019
Sarah Lipman: Vocals; Tim Hunter: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards; additional keyboards: Dan Burnett.Dan Mizen: Drums
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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