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harry belafonte – island in the sun lyrics

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this is my island in the sun
where my people have toiled since time begun
i may sail on many a sea
her sh-r-s 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

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

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 waterside
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