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In London, an extraordinary scientific voyage of discovery was being planned by the Royal Society and the Admiralty. Its purpose was to sail to a South Pacific island to observe the 1769 Transit of Venus. Afterwards the ship would search for ‘Terra Australis Incognita’, a yet undiscovered land thought to have many resources. Joseph Banks—a man of the Enlightenment, wealthy noble and devoted naturalist—proposes to have the expedition become one of scientific discovery. Banks offers to sponsor the mission and sings this song to the assembled dignitaries, who consequently join him in hopeful expectation.

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MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
(Music: Tim Hunter; Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
SCIENCE SOUNDS THE BEAT
KNOWLEDGE FOR ADVANCEMENT
PROBING THE UNIQUE

MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
EXAMINING THE SKIES
USING SIMPLE REASON
IMPROVING ALL OUR LIVES

NEWTON, VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU
TREAD A DIFFERENT PATH
SHEDDING LIGHT UPON THE DARK
ENLIGHTENMENT AT LAST!

I am offering to contribute £10,000 to finance the voyage of the HMS Endeavour for the advancement of science. Gentlemen, I have assembled an entourage of naturalists, botanists, and artists to record our findings, which will be subsequently published. Together we can create the world’s first voyage of scientific inquiry.

COLUMBUS, MAGELLAN
EXPLORED A DIFFERENT PATH
BRITANNIA TODAY
ENLIGHTENMENT AT LAST

SURVEY, SURMISE, EXPLORE
TRAVERSING OUR VAST GLOBE
GREAT CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
A NEW MAP WILL UNFOLD

BANKS and OTHERS
MANKIND IS ON THE MARCH
LEARNING NATURE’S HISTORY
REVEALING UNKNOWN SPECIES
ENLIGHTENMENT’S NO MYSTERY

THE TIME IS NOW AT HAND
STRIDE A DIFFERENT PATH
SHED LIGHT UPON THE DARK
ENLIGHTENMENT AT LAST!

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from A National Treasure - Volume 3 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook', released February 14, 2018
Chris Short: 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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