Land of Democracy (lyrics)

(by Paul ‘King Obstinate’ Richards; released 1985; arranged by Frankie McIntosh and E. Weeks)

Some are proud of their wife
Some are proud of their homes
Some are proud of their cars imported from Rome
Some are proud of their face or the jobs that they hold
There is pride in different things in this world
But I am proud that my mom gave birth to me
In an island of the Caribbean sea
A diamond pearl radiant as a star
In the beautiful island of Antigua
And in my land I can attack the government
And yet I could walk freely through parliament
I could oppose today and yet tomorrow
Eat and drink with leaders like birds
I could be broke, no job, and yet for all
I wouldn’t die from hunger or thirst

Cho.
And I am free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Antigua is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

There are nations that will jail you, slaughter, and kill
If you oppose a government’s bill
To attack government some people can’t afford
You might have to face a firing squad
But, in Antigua, every fowl and fish could air their views
And demand what they wish
No violence, no hurt, no anger
For every one love and live together
In my land, I could call on my government
To give account and say how my taxes are spent
I am free to sing my own calypso
To correct the ills that I know
And yet keep no vengeance inside my mind
For very creature is divine

Cho.
And I am free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Barbuda is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

Some boast of their country
How they live in harmony
Some say they practice democracy
But in Antigua we don’t boast on paper
We live and love democracy here
We could campaign for the opposition
Then vote against them in an election
Englishman, Frenchman, Austrian, or Turk
Should come and see how democracy work
And in my land
Every man, woman, and child know
The purpose of singing good calypso
Calypsonians comment upon what they see
And although we sound angrily
Our aim is to build a better nation
Free from torment and starvation

Cho.
And we are free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Barbuda is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

Transcribed by Joanne C. Hillhouse. Any errors are my own and unintentional. To assist with the song lyrics data base project, contact us at wadadlipen@gmail.com 

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