Ij io̧kwe ļo̧k aelōn̄ eo aō, ijo iaar ļotak ie


This was the national anthem of the Marshall Islands between 1979 to 1991. (source)

Lyrics - Marshallese

(Melody by Samuel Langrine, Traditional lyrics from the Marshall Islands)

Ij io̧kwe ļo̧k aelōn̄ eo aō,
Ijo iaar ļotak ie,
Meļan ko ie, im iaļ ko ie,
Im iiāio ko ie.
Ij jāmin ilo̧k jāne,
Bwe ijo jikū em̧ool,
Im aō ļām̧oran indeeo.
Em̧m̧an ‘ļan̄n̄e inaaj mej ie.

English Translation – I love my islands

I love my islands,
Where I was born,
The surroundings, the paths,
And the gatherings.
I cannot leave here,
Because this is my rightful place,
My family heritage is forever here.
It is best for me to die here.

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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