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After observing the Transit of Venus in Otaheiti (Tahiti) during his first great Pacific voyage, Cook headed southwards. Many weeks at sea without sighting land have passed as we now join the ‘Endeavour’ , where a sailor becomes jubilant when he spies land, which turns out to be New Zealand.

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Land Ho!
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

FIFTY-NINE DAYS UPON THE SEAS
RATIONS OF SALT BEEF, GRUEL AND PEAS
TODAY, TOMORROW—THE SAME ROUTINE
THE ONLY FEMALES . . . ARE IN OUR DREAMS
TODAY, TOMORROW— THE SAME ROUTINES
SEARCHING FOR LAND NOBODY HAS SEEN

LAND HO! LAND HO!
A PROMISED LAND?
WE DO NOT KNOW
LAND HO! LAND HO!
MAN THE YARDS;
TRIM THE SAILS
LAND HO! LAND HO!
LAND HO! LAND HO!

NATIVES WITH CLUBS AND POINTY SPEARS
WOMEN WITH FLOWERS BEHIND THEIR EARS
STRANGE TRIBES WHO MUNCH ON FLESH
CAN PUT OUR HUMANITY TO THE TEST
FRESH PICKED FRUIT AND FRESH SHOT GAME
DAILY MEALS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME

LAND HO! LAND HO!
LAND HO! LAND HO!

INDIVIDUALS AND/OR GROUPS
EXOTIC AND LUSTY NEW LANDS
MIGHT PERHAPS BE ALMOST AT HAND
NEVER KNOW WHAT SIGHTS WE MIGHT SEE
MAKIN’ SOME BRITISH HISTORY
CAPTAIN COOK WILL DIRECT OUR WAY
GRUB AND GIRLS—OUR HOPE FOR TODAY

LAND HO! LAND HO!
A PROMISE LAND?
WE DO NOT KNOW
LAND HO! LAND HO!
MAN THE YARDS;
TRIM THE SAILS
LAND HO! LAND HO!
LAND HO! LAND HO! . . . LAND HO!

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from Life on The Ocean Wave - Volume 2 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook', released February 14, 2018
Dan Burnett: Vocals; 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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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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