Forever Marshall Islands

national anthem

"Forever Marshall Islands" (Marshallese: Indeeo Ṃajeḷ) is the national anthem of the Marshall Islands. Former President Amata Kabua created the lyrics. Korean composer Gil ok-yun composed the music. President Amata Kabua requested that a new anthem be created. The song was finished and recorded at Oasis records in Seoul.[a][1]

Forever Marshall Islands
National anthem of Marshall Islands
LyricsAmata Kabua
MusicGil ok yun
Adopted1991
Music sample

It replaced the old national anthem, "Ij Io̧kwe Ļo̧k Aelōn̄ Eo Aō".[2]

Marshallese lyricsEdit

Aelōn̄ eo ao ion lometo,
Einwot wut ko lōti ion dren elae;
Kin meram in Mekar jen ijo ilan̄,
Erreo an romak ioir kin meram in mour.
Eltan pein Anij eweleo im wōj,
Kejolit kij kin ijin jikir emol;
Ijjamin Ilok jen in aō lemoran,
Anij an ro jemem wonakke im kejrammon...
Aelin̄ kein ad!

English lyricsEdit

My island lies over the ocean,
Like a wreath of flowers upon the sea;
With the light of the Maker from far above,
Shining with the brilliance of rays of life.
Our Father's wondrous creation,
Bequeathed to us, our motherland;
I'll never leave my dear home sweet home,
God of our forefathers protect and bless...
Forever Marshall Islands!

ReferencesEdit

  1. Lee nak yeon (23 November 1991). "남태평양 신생국 마셜群島 吉屋潤씨가 國歌 만든다" (in Korean). The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  2. Marshall Islands Overview at Encyclopedia of Nations
Notes
  1. Regarding the composer of this song, some say Amata Kabua also composed the song, however it is more likely that Amata as a producer selected one out of the candidates for the anthem composed by different composers.