Island in the Sun

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Harry Belafonte

Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing "The Bana… more »

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

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Oh, island in the sun
 Willed to me by my father's hand
All my days I will sing in praise 
Of your forest, waters, your shining sand

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

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I see woman on bended knee
 Cutting cane for her family 
I see man at the waterside  Casting nets at the surging tide

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I pray the day will never come
When I can't awake to the sound of drum
 Never let me miss carnival 
With calypso songs philosophical 

[Chorus]

Written by: FRED MCDOWELL

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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Island in the Sun