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The Brothers Four – Island In The Sun lyrics

(Harry Belafonte and Lord Burgess)

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 in praise
Of your forest, waters, your shining sand.

When 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sad the time, I'll ever miss
The gay colored skirts as they turn and twist
Let me always hear soft guitars
And a maiden's voice 'neath a thousand stars.

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.

Lyrics for the Swedish version:
(Swedish lyrics by Bo Gцran Edling)

Det fanns en tid fцare lдnge sen
Dе jag seglade pе Caribien
Det var den fцrsta resan ditut
Dдare sol och sommar ej kan ta s***.

De tusen цars land
Formade av en vдnlig hand
Dдare fanns du och jag lдngtar nu
Till att еter vandra pе samma strand.

Det fanns en tid fцare lдnge sen
Dе jag trдffade den som blev min vдn
Hon var sе skцn som nеgon kan bli
Och djupt fцrдlskade det var vi.

De tusen цars land
Formade av en vдnlig hand
Dдare fanns du och jag lдngtar nu
Till att еter vandra pе samma strand.

Det fanns en tid fцare lдnge sen
Dе jag reste min vдg frеn dig igen
Men alla minnen hеller mig kvar
Hos dig och lyckliga unga dar.

De tusen цars land
Formade av en vдnlig hand
Dдare fanns du och jag lдngtar nu
Till att еter vandra pе samma strand.

Det fanns en tid fцare lдnge sen
Du ska veta att jag har saknat den
Еren har gеtt, nu reser jag dit,
Till цn dдare solen gцare sanden vit.

De tusen цars land
Formade av en vдnlig hand
Dдare fanns du och jag lдngtar nu
Till att еter vandra pе samma strand.

Lyrics for the Dutch version:

O eiland in de zon, waar ik liep
Aan mijn vaders hand
Niets bindt mij met zo'n sterke band
Als jouw wouden, beken en palmenstrand.

Geef mij m'n eiland in de zon
Waar ik vroeger zo zorg'loos spelen kon
'k Zwerf soms duizend mijlen van huis
Maar voel m'alleen op m'n eiland thuis.

Ik hoor tam-tams; ze dreunen door 't woud
Waar een der stamman een dansfeest houdt
Ik zie vrouwen en hoor hun lied
Bij het snijden van het suikerriet.

Lyrics for the German version:
(German lyrics by Kurt Feltz)

Ich grьssґ meine Insel I'm Sonnenlicht,
Das sich silbern und hell I'm Morgen bricht.
Ich grьssґ der Heimat flimmernden Sand,
Die braune Hьtte am Meeresstrand.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
Und wo meine Sterne stehґn,
Da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
Und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne sehґn.

Ich denkґ an Last und Pein und Not,
An den Ruf der Trommel I'm Abendrot;
Ich denkґ an dich und dein Schattenbild,
Das sich in goldene Trдume hьllt.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
Und wo meine Sterne stehґn,
Da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
Und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne sehґn.

Ich sehґ sie knieґn I'm hohen Rohr
Und hцre von fern der Freiheit Chor.
Ich sehґ die Hand, die zum Himmel weist
Und fьhle den Schmerz der Heimweh heisst.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
Und wo meine Sterne stehґn,
Da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
Und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne sehґn.

Ich hoffe, dass bald die Stunde schlдgt,
Da mich ein Schiff zu der Insel trдgt;
Warten auch Last und Not und Pein,
Dort will ich still und zufrieden sein.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
Und wo meine Sterne stehґn,
Da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
Und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne sehґn.



Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_brothers_four/island_in_the_sun.html

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