In 2007, the Jersey government started a search for a new local anthem, where one of separate identity, such as at the Commonwealth Games, is required. (As a British Crown Dependency, “God Save the Queen” is the official national anthem.) Both songs created by the public and traditional Jersey songs were considered. At a public concert the following spring, Gerard Le Feuvre’s “Island Home” was selected as the new anthem.

The anthem was apparently inspired by the sounds of Jersey wildlife (the opening three notes, if played two octaves lower, are apparently the lowing of a Jersey cow), Jersey poetry, and Jersey folk music, and was written independently of the contest, in 2002. Lyrics were written both in English and in Jèrriais, a version of the Norman language spoken on the island.

Special thanks to: Ben Cahoon for some of this information.