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The National Anthem of Barbados

Adopted upon Independence - Nov 30th 1966

The “National Anthem� is the words and music of which a Government recognises as the National Anthem.

The Barbados National Anthem

In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride has 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 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
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


When should the National Anthem be played in Barbados?

The Anthem can be played at the end of public functions and at toasts during official functions.

The Music

C. Van Roland Edwards
C. Van Roland Edwards
1912 - 1985
Composer of the
National Anthem

The music of the National Anthem of Barbados was composed by Mr. C. Van Roland Edwards who was partly blind at the time. Mr. Edwards who attended St. Peter's Church Boy's School was born in 1912 and had been writing music with no formal training. He was also a member of the British song society since 1933. Edwards wrote the Anthem for Barbados’ Independence in 1966 and was awarded $500 by the Government. He later died on April 22nd 1985. 

In 1967, Inspector Prince Cave of the Royal Barbados Police Band a graduate of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, re-arranged the music of the National Anthem. He had given it more harmony while keeping the original tune.

Other Compositions by Van Roland Edwards:

(This was sung for the Queen at the opening of the St Elizabeth School in St Joseph while visiting Barbados in February of 1966.)

The Lyrics

Irvin Burgie
Irvin Burgie
Lyricist of the
National Anthem

The lyrics of the National Anthem of Barbados were written by Mr. Irvin Burgie who was born in 1926 in America. He is the product of a Barbadian mother and an American father. Burgie attended the University of Southern California where he studied music. Mr. Burgie whose stage name was Lord Burgess performed in many cities of the U.S.A and has written for a number of internationally famous artistes.

Other Songs written by Irvin Burgie:

He also wrote songs for famous International performers

Mr Burgie is a Life Member of the NAACP and often visits Barbados where he has instituted the Irvin Burgie Literary Award for Barbadian school children.


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