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Timothy Gibson, A Bahamian Gem

Updated: Jun 24, 2023

Someone once said, "No matter how wealthy and prosperous a nation is, if it is deprived of its independence, it no longer deserves to be regarded otherwise than as a slave in the eyes of civilized world. To accept the protectorate of a foreign power is to admit to a lack of all human qualities, to weakness and incapacity."


For The Bahamas, the road to Independence was preempted by Majority Rule, which spanned from 1942 - 1967. Of course, freedom always comes at a cost, and for The Bahamas, that cost was the Burma Road riots incited by Bahamian laborers agitating for equal pay for equal work. The Bahamas became a free and sovereign country on July 10, 1973, putting an end to 325 years of British rule. Now the Nation, as opposed to the Colony of The Bahamas had to craft its identity.


According to Wikipedia, Cyprus is the sole nation that does not own a national anthem, but, when necessary, borrows that of Greece and Turkey. The Bahamas National Anthem, music and lyrics were written and composed by a Bahamian Gem, and bright mind, the late Timothy Gibson, born April 12, 1903, died January 02, 1978, at the age of 74. The name of The Bahamas National Anthem is "March On Bahamaland."

Timothy Gibson's song-writing career began with “Nassau Calling” in 1938. He wrote other songs such as “Sailor Prince”, for the visit of Prince Philip, “Your Majesty” for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II, and “Hail Princess Britannia”, for the visit of Princess Margaret. This title has since been changed to “Beautiful Bahamaland." http://bahamianhisthighlights.blogspot.com

Lyrics

Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland;

March on to glory, your bright banners waving high.

See how the world marks the manner of your bearing!

Pledge to excel through love and unity.


Pressing onward, march together

to a common loftier goal;

Steady sunward, tho' the weather

hide the wide and treacherous shoal.


Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland,

'Til the road you've trod lead unto your God,

March on, Bahamaland!

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