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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Beyonce, United States

18 May 2011 at 3:51am

I am going to make a remake of this song when I have the time.

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Kim, Kenya

28 April 2011 at 12:29pm

Give it the African touch.

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Iaya, Argentina

4 April 2011 at 5:30pm

OMG! little wayne has one like this!

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Brad, United States

30 March 2011 at 5:43pm

Replace the rum line with, "Work all day 'til the work is done." That's how I learned it, and makes it school appropriate. Thanks

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Ever, Afghanistan

19 March 2011 at 3:19pm

balls

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Anthony, United States

16 March 2011 at 8:34am

ha! im a musician, and my dad is to, i grew up in car rides with the oldies channels which every kid should have exposure to. i knew most of the lyrics,and what the song was about, but didnt catch all the words, well anyway long story short, i just bought my second pet turantula, (this ones a rose hair) and this song popped in my head about "the part something, something, black turantula" lol, so i looked it up to find the words, fun song, and now can not get it outta of my head, so i do believe ill be downloading it, lol @ the ridiculus p.c. warning,- lol @Latka! "i am offended by banana" lol lol -God bless-

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Gg, Algeria

10 March 2011 at 4:01pm

this song is soo cool

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Kia, Mexico

28 February 2011 at 3:28pm

i uesd to listen to this song in music class

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Latka Gravas, Albania

26 February 2011 at 8:18pm

I am offended by banana

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Lúcia, Brazil

13 February 2011 at 10:19pm

I love this music and the only word I really understood was "bananas" and I thought the letter was: "Mr Sullivan selling me bananas..."

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Nathaniel, Puerto Rico

8 January 2011 at 5:43pm

Grew-up loving this song without fully understanding the lyrics. Great song, thaks. Julie, from Vancouver (Sept.2010) . You should visit.

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Erin, Japan

24 November 2010 at 5:51am

i was recently in jamaica leading a cultural exchange. we taught this song to our participants before meeting the jamaican participants. the jamaicans, mostly kids, knew it well and loved it. our japanese participants learned a bit of local dialect and had an extra tool for interacting with the local people they were meeting that day. it was great!

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Cid, United States

21 November 2010 at 6:11am

I read this while listening to The Baker, and I went to the kitchen and make some banana bread. lol

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Pippa Hatcher, Russian Federation

18 November 2010 at 1:55pm

Fantastic song!

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Bagpuss, United Kingdom

6 November 2010 at 5:05pm

Best song ever, watching beetlejuice now lol

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Iona, Scotland

24 September 2010 at 9:25pm

how fun was that song and i thought i was going to lol but i was so sad and i was thinking about a boy i can.t what till i go back to school

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Stu, Pa, Usa

16 September 2010 at 5:44pm

do you remember the Bic commercial using this song? I cant find it anywhere, but remember the lyrics by heart: Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana Bic Banana markers, you've got to get some. Come in a one pack, eight pack, twenty pack ho! Bic Banana markers for the office or home. They, got a color for you! Ten beautiful markers for the office or home. Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana....

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Julie, Vancouver,canada

15 September 2010 at 9:00am

i believe this is a caribbean song but im not sure does anyone know for sure?

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Lily, Melbourne

14 September 2010 at 1:00am

it's Awsome. I like it a lot.

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Dimple, Gujarat, India

6 September 2010 at 9:49pm

uuh! wow! what an amazing song! Really it jst sounds pretty cool and an innocent song. I'm loving it!

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