This is my island in the sun
Where my people have toiled since time begun.
I may sail on many a sea
Her shores will always be home to me.
Oh, island in the sun,
Willed to me by my father's hand
All my days I will sing and praise
Of your forests, waters, your shining sands.
As morning breaks the heaven on high
I lift my heavy load to the sky.
Sun comes down with a burning glow
Mingles my sweat with the earth below.
I see woman on [f]bended knees
Cutting cane for her family.
I see man at the water side
Casting nets at the surging tide.
I hope the day will never come
That I can't awake to the sound of a drum,
Never let me miss carnival
With calypso songs philosophical.