National Anthem

 

 

In Plenty and in time of need

When this fair land was young

Our great Forefathers sowed the seed from which our pride is sprung

A pride that makes no wanton boast

Of what it has withstood

But binds our hearts from Coast to Coast

The Pride of Nationhood.

 

We loyal Sons and Daughters

All DO hereby make it known

These fields and hills beyond recall

Are now our very own.

We write our names on History’s page

With expectations great

Strict guardians of our Heritage

Firm Craftsmen of our Fate.

The Lord has been the People’s guide

For past three hundred years

and With Him at the People’s side

We have no doubt or fears.

Upward and Onward we shall go

Inspired Exulting Free

And greater will our Nation grow

In Strength and Unity.

The following is copied from Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The Music

The music for the National Anthem was composed by Mr. C. Van Roland Edwards, who was born in 1912. Though he had no formal training in music al composition, he was a composer of some renown.

A committee which comprised Mr. Bruce St. John, Mr. Frank Collymore, Mrs. Enid Lynch, Mr. George Lamming, Mr. Gerald Hudson and Mr. John Fletcher was appointed to oversee the selection of the National Anthem. Mr. Edwards was awarded $500.00 for his efforts.

In 1967 the music of the National Anthem was re-arranged. This work was undertaken by Inspector Prince Cave of the Royal Barbados Police Band. The Anthem was given a more sustained harmony while at the same time retaining the original tune.

Mr. Edwards died on 22 April 1985.

Click here to view the musical score of the National Anthem of Barbados


The Lyrics

The Lyrics of the National Anthem of Barbados were written by Mr. Irving Burgie who was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA of a Barbadian mother and American father. Mr. Burgie has composed works for ‘Ballad for Bimshire’ and ‘Island in the Sun’, he has also written for a number of internationally famous artistes. Among his works is ‘The West Indian Song Book’.

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