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Island Home (anthem)


Island Home

Regional anthem of  Jersey
LyricsGerard Le Feuvre
MusicGerard Le Feuvre
Adopted2008

Island Home is the official regional anthem of the Bailiwick of Jersey.[1] It was written and composed by Gerard Le Feuvre.[1]

According to nationalanthems.info:

As a British Crown dependency, God Save the Queen is the official national anthem of Jersey. In 2007, the Jersey government started a search for a new local anthem, where one of separate identity, such as at the Commonwealth Games, is required. Both songs created by the public and traditional Jersey songs were considered. At a public concert the following spring, Gerard Le Feuvre’s Island Home was selected as the new anthem.

The anthem was apparently inspired by the sounds of Jersey wildlife (the opening three notes, if played two octaves lower, are apparently the lowing of a Jersey cow), Jersey poetry, and Jersey folk music, and was written independently of the contest, in 2002. Lyrics were written both in English and in Jèrriais, a version of the Norman language spoken on the island.[2]

Lyrics

English verse

Ours is an Island home
Firm on rock and strong by sea
Loyal and proud in history,
Our thankful hearts are
Raised to God for Jersey.

The beauty of our land
Long inspires both eye and mind.
Ours the privilege to guard its shore
So help we God that
Jersey might by grace endure.

Source: DN Anthems[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Jersey, States of. "Government of Jersey". gov.je. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  2. ^ "Jersey – nationalanthems.info". www.nationalanthems.info. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  3. ^ Anthem of Jersey - Island Home, retrieved 2019-10-27