The Old Man Has Seen Better Days

from A National Treasure - Volume 3 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook' by Tim Hunter

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A short song taken from the 90 minute version of Journeys. This version is sung by Tim Hunter. It is intended to be performed by sailors who are drinking and singing an original shanty. It expresses their discontent with developments on Captain Cook's fateful 3rd voyage.

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THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS (Music : Tim Hunter, Lyrics: Frederick McKinnon)

THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS
WE BEST BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY
WE’RE JUST SOME BLOKES BEFORE THE YARD
TENDING T0 RIGGIN’ FORE AND AFT
‘ROUND THE HORN WE GLADLY CAME
THOUGHT WE’D GAIN A LITTLE FAME
BUT NOW AT SEA AND DISCONTENT
WONDERIN’ WHEN HARDSHIP WILL RELENT

THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS
WE BEST BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY
NEVER THOUGHT ON OCEAN WAVES
WE’D HARBOUR THOUGHTS OF MUTINOUS WAYS
MAYBE WE NEED TO BE A LITTLE BRAVE
BETTER STILL . . . WE’LL JUST HOPE AND PRAY
THE OLD MAN HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS
WE BEST BE CAREFUL WHAT WE SAY

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from A National Treasure - Volume 3 of Songs from 'Journeys: Captain James Cook', released February 14, 2018
Tim Hunter; Vocals, Guitar, Synthesiser
Produced by Tim Hunter for Northern Soundscapes.
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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