Forever Marshall Islands

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

"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]

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

Marshallese lyrics[change | change source]

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 lyrics[change | change source]

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!

References[change | change source]

  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
  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.