In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride is sprung,
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast -
The pride of nationhood

 We loyal sons and daughters all
Do here by 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.
With him still on the people's side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity

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.


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'.


pdf Code of etiquette for the playing of the National Anthem (21 KB)

The musical score for the Barbados National Anthem is provided under creative commons here:

National anthem of Barbados