‘Hail To Bermuda, My Island in the Sun’

July 3, 2011

The strains of ‘Hail To Bermuda’ could be heard three times this past week in the United Kingdom, as Bermuda’s athletes made 18 podium appearances, and collected three Gold medals during the 2011 Island Games.

Although the official anthem of Bermuda is ‘God Save the Queen’, during international competitions where multiple British overseas territories are competing, ‘Hail to Bermuda’ is known to have been used.

The video below shows’the song being played in honour of our Gold medal winning basketball team, who successfully defended their title to win one of Bermuda’s 18 medals, becoming the first basketball team in Island Games history to win back to back Gold medals:

Written by Bette Johns, the song’s lyrics say, “Hail to Bermuda, my island in the sun. Sing out in glory, to the nation we’ve become. We’ve grown from heart to heart, and strength to strength, the privilege is mine…to sing long live Bermuda, because this island’s mine!

“Hail to Bermuda, my homeland dear to me.This is my own land built on faith and unity. We’ve grown from heart to heart, and strength to strength, for loyalty is prime, so sing long live Bermuda, because this island’s mine.”

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  1. Terry says:

    Can’t beleive all the comments. 4087 so far.

    “Built on faith an unity”………..

    Irony is a bitch………………..

  2. Organic Bermudian says:

    This is disgusting that THIS song is used as OUR anthem when WE (the people of Bermuda) had NO say in its inception!!! Does anyone even know the lyrics??? Can WE petition for ‘Proud To Be Bermudian’ to be OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM????

    • Dee says:

      The last time I looked we were still a British island and our National Anthem is ‘God Save the Queen’.

      • Organic Bermudian says:

        Maybe you should look again at my comment – then read it – you would understand my comment is related to ‘Hail To Bermuda, My Island In The Sun’ TISK!!!!! Like WE ALL Know God Save The QUEEN!!!!

        Some PEOPLE!!!! ARGH!!!!

        • Dee says:

          @Organic Bermudian,
          I did read it! My comment refers to the fact that ‘Hail to Bermuda’ is not our National Anthem and was not aim at your comment about ‘Proud to be a Bermudian’ which, incidentally, is not our National Anthem either!!!!

    • rockjumpa says:

      @ Organic – ay hail to bermuda is betta den god save de queen. what good has she done for me?!?! nuttin…just came hur and waved..hello!!

  3. RealityCheck says:

    I am 30 years old and have NEVER heard anybody sing “God Save the Queen”. I honestly and truthfully would not even know how to humm it. Buuuut I know America’s national athem….yes it know it is sad!!!

    • Dee says:

      @Reality Check. All I can say is you must live in a different world to the rest of us!! You’ve never heard anyone sing ‘God Save the Queen’????? Unbelievable!

      • RealityCheck says:

        That’s born and bread Bermudian for ya.

        • You obviously don’t get out much. I have heard the Bermuda Regiment Band play “God Save The Queen” on countless occasions. Perhaps you just don’t know how it sounds? ;)

  4. AceBoy says:

    I’ve never heard God Save the 0ueen, “Hail to Bermuda” sounds lame, but I know that I’m”Proud to be a Bermudian”……….

  5. Islander says:

    I know God Save the Queen, we use to sing it in school, things have changed….

  6. Warrior Queen says:

    Hey why not just use “Bermuda Is Another World” by Hubert Smith. This was actually sung a capella at a Boxing Tournament by Leon Rayner as the host country did not have God Save The Queen. I personally to do not sing God Save the Queen, neverr have and nvever will as my Queen (mother) is resting at St. John’s Cemetery.