Saint Lucia’s National Anthem
Saint Lucia’s National Anthem Speaks Of Diaspora And Love
Some national anthems are more memorable than others, and many aren’t very catchy if you’re not a native of the soil.
With lyrics by Fr. Charles Jesse FMI and music by Leton Felix Thomas, “Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia” is melodic enough in the grand scheme of anthems, and some would say at only three stanzas, mercifully short.
But it’s the heartfelt sentiment that still echoes true more than fifty years after its introduction in 1967 when Saint Lucia became an Associate State of Great Britain, the country’s final step towards Independence in February 1979.
Poetic words accurately describe our “Land of beaches, hills and valleys, fairest isle of all the earth”, but it’s clear from the message of the national anthem that Saint Lucians were always expected to make their mark in the wide world outside their own rock.
Lucians like Sir Arthur Lewis, for example, whose venerable career in economic science landed him the Nobel Prize that same Independence year, for a work that went on to influence the development of economies around the world.
Or Saint Lucia’s record-breaking second in 1992 Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, whose prize for Literature came on the heels of publishing what some still count as his greatest literary achievement, the epic poem ‘Omeros’, inspired by Homer but set on Walcott’s beloved island.
Or Poppy Ajuda, the twenty-three year old singer who grew up between London and Saint Lucia to become one of Barack Obama’s favourite jazz acts of 2018.
The line “Wheresoever you may roam, love, oh love, our island home,” is even more meaningful in 2019, now that many thousands of Saint Lucians have indeed made their lives elsewhere, bringing the flavour of our island to the world.
From the love of yam and plantain to the driving beat of the latest musical export from home, Helen’s offspring are connected to the island in dozens of ways, regardless of how long they’ve been away.
We invite you to celebrate Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence on February 22, 2019 - wherever you are!