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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.