The Commonwealth of the Bahamas

The National Anthem

March On Bahamaland by Timothy Gibson

Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland,

March on to glory, your bright banners waving high,

See how the world marks the manner of your bearing;

Pledge to excel thro' and unity.


Pressing onward, march together, to a common loftier goal;

Steady sunward tho' the weather hide the wide and treacherous shoal.


Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland,

'til the road you've trod lead unto your God,

March on Bahamaland.

Cable Bahamas presents "March On, Bahamaland" ft. Angelique Sabrina

Does the national anthem of The Bahamas really reflect The Bahamas?

The Bahamas has over 700 islands and cays and the national anthem reflects every one of them. We lift up our head to the rising sun to thank God for all the blessings he gave to the islands and cays. We march on the glory with the flag waving high because we are independent and proud. The Bahamas is a very friendly nation so we would pledge to excel thro' love and unity. Black Tuesday is a day in Nassau, Bahamas that the first General Governor, Sir Milo Butler threw the mace out of the window of The House of Assembly and started a march for independence on the streets. The term march together references to that event, and also to work together. "Steady sunward tho' the weather hide the wide and treacherous shoal" means that the flag is going to stay high in the air no matter what difficulties we have. The Bahamas is also known as a Christian nation because almost everywhere on the islands you would find a church and almost everyone believes in God. "'Til the road you've trod lead unto your God" means that in all things Bahamians do they must keep God first. The very last line means that we should go ahead and continue to strive for excellence as a nation. This is how the national anthem is perfect for us and reflects The Bahamas.

The Journey to Majority Rule

The below videos show how The Bahamas worked together to gain freedom, rights and everything they earned to how the national anthem reflects on us.
BAHAMAS The Journey to Majority Rule 1 of 3 .mp4
BAHAMAS The Journey To Majority Rule Chapter 2 of 3 .mp4
BAHAMAS - The Journey to Majority Rule Chapter 3 of 3.mp4

History of the National Anthem

The national anthem of The Bahamas was composed by Timothy Gibson and adopted in 1973. The Bahamas gained it's independence in 1973. He wrote both the song and the lyrics just because he could and had learned music from his brother.

Things About The Bahamas

The Bahamas is an archipelago containing more than 700 islands and cays. The capital is Nassau. The island that Nassau is located on is called New Providence. The Coat of Arms is : Forward, Upward, Onward, Together. The island Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. The Bahamas does not have a president instead there is a Prime Minister. The Prime Minister of The Bahamas is The Hon. Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christe. The Bahamas is not a part of America. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamas trade goods with some countries such as America and China. Nassau's population consisted mainly of pirates until 1718, when the Bahamas' first Royal Governor, Woodes Rodgers expelled them and built Fort Nassau. On the island of New Providence there are four forts. Fort Nassau, Fort Montagu, Fort Fincastle and Fort Charlotte. Hubert Minnis currently is serving as the leader of the oppostion party in The House of Assembly. A famous minister in The Bahamas was Myles Munroe. He was a Bahamian Evangelical Christian evangelist and ordained Pentecostal Minister who founded and led The Bahamas Faith Ministries International and Myles Munroe International.

FIFaS Strategy

Form- free verse, 3 stanzas


Imagery- people marching, sunset from rising sun, flag in the wind waving high, a nation marching together as one, rain but the flag still blows high and people still march, tone/mood: proud


Figurative Language- repetition" March on Bahamaland" "Lift up your head" "Bahamaland", Rhyme "goal" "shoal"


Summary- The author is saying to lift your heads up now because you have indepence so look up to the rising sun and thank God. March on with pride with the flag up high no matter the weather or difficulties on the way. In order to be successful you have to do this as a nation. In everything you do never forget God.

Angelique Butler

Period 3