Meda Dau Doka (God Bless Fiji)

December 17, 2011 6:58 AM

Skipping the next track on the album, as it was the first to be posted here, we move to the nonsense version of the Fijian national anthem--the one in English. Mr. Prescott must have thought Fiji to be a much bigger, stronger, less who-gives-a-shit-worthy nation than it really is.

This was the second/final track of the evening which just sort of happened to include a national anthem--taking place before we actively decided the night would become an album consisting entirely of these things--instead of the piece/instrumentation/style being decided, depending upon the anthem ahead of time.

As such, much like with the Swaziland anthem, it turned out to be one of the more musically sound/interesting tracks of the bunch, as the music was the focus for the duration.


National Anthem of Fiji.
Adopted upon Independence in 1970, short lived though that has been. Oddly, the lyrics are completely different, whether in English or in Fijian. The Fijian lyrics (not included here) are much more humble, and, I think, to scale in their level of patriotism.


Blessing grant oh God of nations on the isles of Fiji
As we stand united under noble banner blue
And we honour and defend the cause of freedom ever
Onward march together
God bless Fiji

Blessing grant, oh God of nations, on the isles of Fiji
Shores of golden sand and sunshine, happiness and song
Stand united, we of Fiji, fame and glory ever
Onward march together
God bless Fiji.


Trey Beauregard - Baritone Ukulele, Vocals
Timbill Corder - 3-String Basitar
Tommy Beauregard - Viola, Vocals

Text by Michael Francis Alexander Prescott.
Tune by Charles Austin Miles

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