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Taken from a 90 minute version of ‘Journeys’ (specially written for the 250th anniversary of the start of Cook's first voyage in 1768), this song is from a scene where some local Whitby sailors advise young James about the reality being “seduced” by a life at sea.

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Life on the Ocean Wave
(Lyrics from a poem by Epes Sargent ; Music: Tim Hunter)

A LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE!
A HOME ON THE ROLLING DEEP!
WHERE THE SCATTERED WATERS RAVE
AND THE WINDS THEIR REVELS KEEP,
LIKE AN EAGLE CAGED I PINE
ON WHITBY”S FAMILIAR SHORE,
OH, GIVE ME THE FLASHING BRINE,
THE SPRAY AND THE TEMPEST’S ROAR!

WITH COMFORT AND SAFETY GONE
WE SET SAILS UPON THE YARD
TO TRAVEL THE GREAT BEYOND
OUR COURAGE AND STRENGTH UNMARRED
WE’LL VISIT FOREIGN DOMAINS
WITH VIGOR AND GOOD CHEER
BUT OUR LONGINGS WILL REMAIN
TO BE ON OUR SEA SO DEAR

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from Life on The Ocean Wave - Volume 2 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook', released February 14, 2018
Tim Hunter: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
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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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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