Island In The Sun

Words and Music by : Harry Belafonte and Lord Burgess

Recording #1 by Harry Belafonte
Recording date: Jan 26, 1957, (11:00-14:00 & 14:30-17:30)
Recorded at Webster Hall
Master number: H2PB 1279-1B
Playing time: 2:46
Producer: Joe Carlton & Edward O. Welker
Robert DeCormier: leader; Millard Thomas: guitar; Franz Casseus: guitar; Victor Messer: guitar; Norman Keenan: bass; Daniel Barrajanos: conga drums; George Devens: marimba; Noah Rodriguez: bongo drums; Paige Brook: flute; Harold M. Jones: flute; Joseph B. Wilder: trumpet; Gilbert E. Adkins, Irving D. Barnes, Leon Bibb, Irving Burgie, Charles Colman, Stephen Harbachick, Marvin Hayes Jr., Joe N. Kenyon, Samuel R. McCurry, John Nielsen, Broc Peters, Howard A. Roberts, William Stewart, Herbert L. Stubbs, Leroy B. Thompson, Rodester Timmons: vocal chorus.

CD: BCD16262, 07863-68097-2, 07863-67403-2


Recording #2 by Harry Belafonte
Recording date: Jan 27, 1957, (12:00-15:00 & 15:30-18:30 & 19:00-23:00)
Recorded at Webster Hall
Master number:
Playing time: 3:10
CD: 07863-56877-2


Recording #3 by Harry Belafonte
Recording date: Jan 27, 1957, (12:00-15:00 & 15:30-18:30 & 19:00-23:00)
Recorded at Webster Hall
Master number: H2PB 1279-2B
Playing time: 3:21
Producer: Joe Carlton
Robert DeCormier: leader; Millard Thomas: guitar; Franz Casseus: guitar; Victor Messer: guitar; Norman Keenan: bass; Daniel Barrajanos: conga drums; Noah Rodriguez: bongo drums; Joseph Venuto: marimba; James N. DeMeo: flute; Harold M. Jones: flute; Joseph B. Wilder: trumpet; Gilbert E. Adkins, Irving D. Barnes, Leon Bibb, Irving Burgie, Charles Colman, Stephen Harbachick, Marvin Hayes Jr., Joe N. Kenyon, Samuel R. McCurry, John Nielsen, Broc Peters, Howard A. Roberts, William Stewart, Herbert L. Stubbs, Leroy B. Thompson, Rodester Timmons: vocal chorus.

78 : 20-6885, RCA-1007
45 : 47-6885, 75-404, EPA-4084, RPX-102145N-0605, SS-1021, 47-1007, 10306, 74-16210, 20286,
LP : LPM1505, FPL2-7100, 430.271, RCA8023, YJPLI-752, CL42956, SYD030CL42479 HB7015, 2335-262SRS-585, 855482,
CD: BCD16262, 74321-84443-2CD339482, CD15094, PDC2-1295, 74321-66057-2, B93001, ND89195, 82876-59069-2, WMCD5643, 88697-93951-2, RGMCD006


Recording #4 by Harry Belafonte
Recording date: November 29-30, 1988
Playing time: 5:04
CD: 252723,


Recording #5 by Harry Belafonte
Recording date:
Playing time: 4:36
CD: CD524384-2
Video: VHS 440 046 807-3


Recording #6 by Harry Belafonte:
Recording date: March 22, 2003
Playing time: 5:28
MP3 from MP3Fiesta.com


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Also recorded by:
Georgio Almeira      
Bahama Carib BITOLP    
Tony Bass Telstar TAR19974TL In Dutch  
Irving Burgie Angel 52222, VLT-15170

 
The Brothers Four  CS8746, DICD01051,

 
Calimbo Steel Band        
Jose Carreras "Around The World"    
Ivan Chin SCD 4008    
Tony Christie "Welcome To My Music"      
Ebony Steel Drum Band        
Enrique Chia (piano)        
Errol Dunkley        
Fabulous Four Hep House HS08

 
F Ferrari    
Greg MacDonald GMM1996

Instrumental
Gunnel & Jan Philips PF350252   In Swedish  
Ozzie Hall GBI LP-110    
Hiltonaires "Big Bamboo"      
Igniters Steel Band "Fire In The Hole"    
Ine & Yvonne     In Dutch  
Lord Busta NSPL-18245      
The Merrymen WIRL 1015/MMS1015, CD1047, SCX6056, T-6183,

 
Paloma Trio        
Paragons "On The Beach With The Paragons"      
Peruvian Panpipes      
The Righteous Brothers Verve 58508A    
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra SHCD161

Instrumental
Simion Luca Goldies GLD 25317-2   Pan Pipe  
Simons MLPCD3366

 
The Spinners Kaz Records PBX CD513/3      
Steelasophical     Instrumental
Stock Doves Cupol CS45/194   In Swedish  
The Streaplers EMI DS2461

In Swedish
Sunshine Steel Band Emporio EMPRCD-580   Instrumental  
The Tarriers        
Gert & Hermie Timmerman     In Dutch  
Caraibes/Trinidad Steel Band Panorama VER 487173-2   Instrumental
Gary Trotman Steelasophical - ARC EUCD1486   Instrumental  
Caterina Valente Polydor 204 2249   In German
Anthony Ventura Orchestra        

Lyrics: (the last verse only appears in the movie)

This is my island in the sun
Where my people have toiled since time begun
I may sail on many a sea
Her shores 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


When 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 water side
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
When 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

Sad the time, I'll ever miss
The gay colored skirts as they turn and twist
Let me always hear soft guitars
And a maiden's voice 'neath a thousand stars

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

Lyrics for the Swedish version:
(Swedish lyrics by Bo Göran Edling)

Det fanns en tid för länge sen
Då jag seglade på Caribien
Det var den första resan ditut
Där sol och sommar ej kan ta slut

De tusen öars land
Formade av en vänlig hand
Där fanns du och jag längtar nu
Till att åter vandra på samma strand


Det fanns en tid för länge sen
Då jag träffade den som blev min vän
Hon var så skön som någon kan bli
Och djupt förälskade det var vi

De tusen öars land
Formade av en vänlig hand
Där fanns du och jag längtar nu
Till att åter vandra på samma strand

Det fanns en tid för länge sen
Då jag reste min väg från dig igen
Men alla minnen håller mig kvar
Hos dig och lyckliga unga dar

De tusen öars land
Formade av en vänlig hand
Där fanns du och jag längtar nu
Till att åter vandra på samma strand

Det fanns en tid för länge sen
Du ska veta att jag har saknat den
Åren har gått, nu reser jag dit,
Till ön där solen gör sanden vit

De tusen öars land
Formade av en vänlig hand
Där fanns du och jag längtar nu
Till att åter vandra på samma strand

Lyrics for the Dutch version:

O eiland in de zon, waar ik liep
Aan mijn vaders hand
Niets bindt mij met zo'n sterke band
Als jouw wouden, beken en palmenstrand

Geef mij m'n eiland in de zon
Waar ik vroeger zo zorg'loos spelen kon
'k Zwerf soms duizend mijlen van huis
Maar voel m'alleen op m'n eiland thuis

Ik hoor tam-tams; ze dreunen door 't woud
Waar een der stamman een dansfeest houdt
Ik zie vrouwen en hoor hun lied
Bij het snijden van het suikerriet

Lyrics for the German version:
(German lyrics by Kurt Feltz)

Ich grüss´ meine Insel im Sonnenlicht,
das sich silbern und hell im Morgen bricht.
Ich grüss´ der Heimat flimmernden Sand,
die braune Hütte am Meeresstrand.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
und wo meine Sterne steh´n,
da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne seh´n.


Ich denk´ an Last und Pein und Not,
an den Ruf der Trommel im Abendrot;
ich denk´ an dich und dein Schattenbild,
das sich in goldene Träume hüllt.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
und wo meine Sterne steh´n,
da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne seh´n.


Ich seh´ sie knie´n im hohen Rohr
Und höre von fern der Freiheit Chor.
Ich seh´ die Hand, die zum Himmel weist
Und fühle den Schmerz der Heimweh heisst.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
und wo meine Sterne steh´n,
da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne seh´n.


Ich hoffe, dass bald die Stunde schlägt,
da mich ein Schiff zu der Insel trägt;
warten auch Last und Not und Pein,
dort will ich still und zufrieden sein.

Wo meine Sonne scheint
und wo meine Sterne steh´n,
da kann man der Hoffnung Glanz
und der Freiheit Licht in der Ferne seh´n