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National Anthem of Barbados

In Plenty and In Time of Need

National anthem of  Barbados
Also known as National Anthem of Barbados
Lyrics Irving Burgie
Music C. Van Roland Edwards
Adopted 1966
Music sample

In Plenty and In Time of Need is the Trinidad and Tobago), however the current anthem was created with Barbados' moves toward full independence. This song was then adopted by Barbados when it became independent in 1966.


  • Lyrics 1
  • Rules Regarding anthem 2
    • Conduct during play 2.1
    • Anthem Application 2.2
    • Rules in usage 2.3


In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
The pride of nationhood

We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate

The Lord has been the people's guide
For past three hundred years.
With Him still on the people's side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free,
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity.


Rules Regarding anthem

Conduct during play

The Government of Barbados outlines the following rules for the National Anthem:

1. Whenever the National Anthem is played all civilians present should stand at attention, men with bared heads. Persons in uniform should act in accordance with instructions.

Anthem Application

2. Normally one verse only and the chorus will be played. Where a shortened version of the National Anthem is played, it shall consist of the first twelve bars of the verse and the last four bars of the chorus.

The National Anthem shall be played:

3. The National Anthem may be played

  • (a) at the completion of any public function, or
  • (b) when toasts are proposed at official functions.

Rules in usage

4. The National Anthem should not be parodied in verse or in song neither should it be played in any tempo other than that officially recognises (eighty-eight crochets to the minute).

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