The Banana Boat Song (Day-o)

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Day-o, Day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Work all night on a drink a' rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Stack banana till the mornin' come
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day. .
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

A beautiful bunch a' ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day. .
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

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Information About The Banana Boat Song (Day-o)

The origins of "The Banana Boat Song" are not known completely and it's the same for its author but we know for sure that this is a Jamaican folk song. The most interesting thing about this folk song is that it was originally sung by the banana field workers of Jamaica.

The melody was very much a calypso style of singing but different locals improvised their own lyrics from time to time often their most common reference "daylight come and we wan" go home". This song was also frequently sung by dock workers who worked during the dark shift loading bananas onto ships.

The first recorded version was took place in 1952 when Trinidadian singer Edric Conner who along with his band "The Caribbean's" recorded this song onto his album "Songs From Jamaica "and named the song "Day De Light". Song lyrics were written by Ivrine Burgie from the island of Barbados.

Daylight has come, the shift is over and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home (this is the meaning of the lyric "Come, Mr. Tally Man, tally me banana/ Daylight come and we wanna go home").

The song is perhaps best known for being used in the comedy film Beetle Juice. In the dinner scene, the guests become possessed and sing and dance to the song.

For further information about the song "The Banana Boat Song", check out  Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version changes 'Daylight come...' to 'Day is breaking'

Come mister tally man tally me bananas
Day is breaking I wanna go home
Come here for work, i didn't come here for to idle
Day is Breaking i wanna go home
Three han' Four han' Five han bunch!
Six han seven han eight han bunch!
Day is breaking i wanna go home.
So check them and check them but with caution!
Day is breaking I wanna go home
My back is breaking with bare exhaustion
Day is breaking i wanna go home.

I wanna go home.

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128 Comments

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Beno, Bosnia And Herzegovina

20 March 2012 at 9:05am

i get a boner when i hear this song on full blast

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Sandarie, Bosnia And Herzegovina

9 February 2012 at 6:49am

Daj i meni bananu.Super.

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Janeway, Bosnia And Herzegovina

8 February 2012 at 11:50am

This is so funny

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Niasbio, Japan

19 December 2011 at 4:03pm

I am from Japan. But I never saw that awesome song

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Wojcieh, Poland

19 December 2011 at 3:53pm

Wait! how did you mace this.

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Sabina, Denmark

19 December 2011 at 3:42pm

I did have lot of fun waching this song.

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Suryea, Jamaica

14 October 2011 at 2:14am

I love this song. It is awesome. My dad grew up singing it when he was little singing it with his siblings. He is 61 now but still has the Jamaican accent and I love him. I am visiting Jamaica. In Kingston where my dad was born.

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Bob, China

13 October 2011 at 2:45pm

the lyrics is fun!

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Aith Hanmore, United States

11 October 2011 at 3:24pm

i hate the song how to love but my sis is so weird she keeps playing i am sexy and i now it song it gets annoying well by

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Aith Hanmore, United States

11 October 2011 at 2:12am

i love the song how to love but my sis is so weird she keeps playing i am sexy and i now it song it gets annoying well by

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Destinee Hanmore, India

11 October 2011 at 2:07am

i hat it i hat everey body even mike nally

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Faith Hanmore, India

11 October 2011 at 2:03am

i kinda like the song but it is kinda weiard

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Mar, Jamaica

11 September 2011 at 6:50am

one of the most popular Jamaican originated songs..harry really puts the Jamaican folklore on the map...

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Simphiwe Bravo, South Africa

29 August 2011 at 2:32pm

man i just love d lyrist of the song and find the history backround of the song very interesting

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Tenasia, United States

20 August 2011 at 5:31pm

thats so hard sing i cant even get first line yet

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Jamie-lee, Australia

2 August 2011 at 9:33am

This is my friend's and I most favourite song atm so funny and we've mad up our own tune soo funny this song :)

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Mille, Philippines

21 June 2011 at 1:26pm

hehehe.. what a beautiful song .. :D

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Benben, Brunei Darussalam

12 June 2011 at 1:34am

Wait. how to download this song?

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Dexter, United States

2 June 2011 at 2:57am

every time i hear this song, my first impulse is to shout "excuse mah charisma, vodka with a sprtzah.."

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Cheyenne, United States

18 May 2011 at 6:55pm

This song reminds me of BEATLE JUICE :)

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