National Song

CaymanCayman’s national song, “Beloved Isle Cayman”, was written by the late Mrs. Leila Ross Shier in 1930. It was widely considered as the unofficial national song for many years and became the official national song when the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms, Flag and National Song Law was passed in 1993. As a British Overseas Territory, the national anthem is “God Save the Queen”.

Beloved Isle Cayman as composed by Leila Ross-Shier, June, 1930.

1. O land of soft, fresh breezes,
Of verdant trees so fair,
With the Creator’s glory,
Reflected ev’rywhere,
O sea of palest em’rald,
Merging to darkest blue,
When ‘ere my thoughts fly Godward,
I always think of you.

Chorus: Dear, verdant, island, set,
In blue Caribbean sea,
I’m coming, coming very soon,
O beauteous isle, to thee,
Although I’ve wandered far,
My heart enshrines thee yet,
Homeland! Fair Cayman Isle,
I cannot thee forget.

2. Away from noise of cities,
Their fret and carking care,
With moonbeams’ soft caresses,
Unchecked by garish glare,
Thy fruit and rarest juices,
Abundant, rich and free,
When sweet church bells are chiming,
My fond heart yearns for thee.


3. When tired of all excitement,
And glam’rous worldly care,
How sweet thy shores to reach,
And find a welcome there,
And when comes on the season,
Of peace, good will to man,
‘Tis then I love thee best of all,
Beloved Isle, Cayman!