Group show they are ‘Proud to be Bermudian’

  • <B>Proud:</B> Erica Rance-Cariah and Janice Battersbee speak to a gathering at Fairmont Princess during the launch of the ‘Proud to be Bermudian’ DVD/CD.

    Proud: Erica Rance-Cariah and Janice Battersbee speak to a gathering at Fairmont Princess during the launch of the ‘Proud to be Bermudian’ DVD/CD.
    (Photo by Glenn Tucker)


An organisation which once called for the resignation of former Premier Ewart Brown has returned to release a music video, aimed at bringing the Island together.

The Bermudians premiered the music video for ‘Proud to be Bermudian,’ at Fairmont Hamilton Princess to loud applause.

The song, written by Bermudian songwriter John Woolridge and performed by a number of local artists, celebrates the Island and its people with a message of unity.

Along with carrying a message meant to bring the community together, sales of the DVD/CD will go to benefit schools, providing teachers with vouchers they can use to help struggling students.

The group The Bermudians was founded in June 2009, organising protests and calling for the resignation of Dr Brown after he brought four ex-Guantanamo inmates to the Island, leaving many in his own Cabinet in the dark.

Co-founder Janice Battersbee said that the group wanted to inspire more of a social coup than a political one, and turned to the idea of creating something to bring the Island together.

“When we were starting The Bermudians nearly two years ago, there was one thing we kept on hearing, ‘I’m proud to be Bermudian’,” Ms Battersbee said.

“This is a work filled with love for our Country and our fellow Bermudians. We hope that this message goes around the world, touching Bermudians and anyone who has love in their hearts for our Island home and our people.”

Addressing the crowd before the premiere, Mr Woolridge said that as an artist, he was excited to have a project he could believe in and get behind whole-heartedly.

Mr Woolridge also shot the music video himself, which features the numerous musicians who contributed to the project, including Gene Steede, Latosha Codrington, Malcom Hollis, Cindy Smith and Mia Chambray.

Minister of Education Dame Jennifer Smith also spoke out in praise of the project, saying: “This could not have come at a more opportune moment.”

The CD/DVD pack is available for $10 at Caesar’s Pharmacy, Lindo’s, T&L Warehouse, All Wrapped Up and other locations.

Useful website: www.bermudasong.com

Lyrics:

There’s no denying

These are not our best days

So many things gone wrong

It seems we’ve lost our way

But for us this is not how the story ends

We’ve braved rough seas before

And we’ll do it again

Chorus

Truth is there is more to us

A strength that’s at the core of us

A kindness that still shines

Through the tough times

Together we can overcome

And find a way to rise above anything

It really doesn’t matter

There’s no place better

Proud to be Bermudian

Oh, Ooh, Oh

Proud to be Bermudian

It’s not picture perfect

But it’s still paradise

Filled with children’s hopes

And seasoned ivory smiles

So let’s help and heal

And speak with one voice

‘Til each one understands

That our wealth is so much more

Than blue skies and pink sand

Repeat chorus

Come along with me

Let’s stand together

And let’s shine loves light

And dispel fear’s dark night

A brighter destiny

Will dawn for us

As we blend our hopes and dreams

And we live in peace as one

From the white roof tops

Pink and blue bus stops

In my Bermy shorts

With my knee high socks

And I’m in the Bermy flow

As people smile and say hello

Hot cross buns, shootin’ marbles havin’ fun

Spinnin’ tops, or maybe goin’ fishin’ off the rocks

Hangin’ in the loquat tree, my ace boys and me

Just chillin’

Cod fish cookin’ early on a Sunday mornin’

Hear the choir in the distance singing praises

Undeniably

I’m so proud to be….Bermudian!

Repeat chorus

People livin’ in a system of mayhem and confusion

Built on a foundation of mistrust and illusion

Conclusion is this…

Let us wake up and arise

Live our lives in way that’s not built on compromise

With our youth as the future

We must pass them the mantle

Nurturing their ambitions

Leading them by example

Take time to express right or wrong we can give

It’s up to you to decide

You’ve got one life to live

Come along with me

Let’s stand together

And let’s shine loves light

And dispel fear’s dark night

A brighter destiny

Will dawn for us

As we blend our hopes and dreams

And we live in peace as one

Repeat chorus

Original composition by John C. Woolridge

© 2010 Proud to be Bermudian, all rights reserved

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Published Apr 23, 2011 at 6:39 am (Updated Apr 23, 2011 at 6:39 am)

Group show they are ‘Proud to be Bermudian’

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