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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131 Comments

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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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Lynton, Corby

27 August 2010 at 9:04pm

i love this song

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Kahlan, California Usa

18 August 2010 at 5:16am

i sang this in choir loved it

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Shanelongsine, Wisconsin, Usa

9 August 2010 at 7:55am

I remember singing this song back in 2nd grade forever ago. Now as an entertainer singer guitar player at festivals, clubs, and the occasional backyard campfire or cocktail social, I am always amazed at the crowd response from this song. Even if i've never seen the people i play for before, it's always the same reaction, old crowds and young. Lol. By the time i'm done belting out the first (Day-o) there is always a bunch of people. Shouting it right back! Truly a one of a kind and amazing song. -Ilove it!

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Trevor, Trinidad

3 August 2010 at 8:22pm

Yo im just glad i got these lyrics im winning my competition 4 sure now!

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Gretchen, Jacksonville Usa

30 July 2010 at 7:15am

lol, Beetlejuice is the only reason that I know of this song. xD Now to watch the video again.

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Christine Abigail, Bohol Philippines

19 July 2010 at 2:03pm

i haven't heard the song..but the lyrics is fun!

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Alice, Australia

11 June 2010 at 7:10pm

So funny.!

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Dave, Portland, Or

6 June 2010 at 12:36am

Thanks for the lyrics! I find it silly, though, that when I printed them the entire blue background is printed as well. Can this be changed? Thanks!

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Barbara, Puerto Rico

31 May 2010 at 6:06pm

I cant see the video,thank u

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Bob, Havanna Cuba

20 May 2010 at 1:45pm

I LOVE this SONG! I play it in my ice cream truck all the time. you should see the kids come running.

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Aliyah, Albaqurque New Mexico Usa On November 19 2008

20 May 2010 at 12:14am

I agree with Brenda! OMG

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Aliyah, Albaqurque New Mexico Usa On May 19 2010

20 May 2010 at 12:11am

I agree with Alex! LOL

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Aliyah, Albaqurque New Mexico Usa On May 19 2010

20 May 2010 at 12:07am

I cant belive they used Beetlejuice the movie in the video!

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Aliyah, In South West Albaqurque New Mexico Usa

20 May 2010 at 12:03am

I cant belive they used beatlejuice the movie in the video!

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Aliyah, Albaqurque Usa

20 May 2010 at 11:56pm

This song is my favorte but why name it Banana Boat Song, it is a good song and I will like to know if the band who wrote it are still alive?

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Aliyah, Albaqurque Usa

20 May 2010 at 11:47pm

I am woundering if Banana Boat Song is Avable in CDs?

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Atavia, Jamaica

19 April 2010 at 9:33pm

its speaking my language.

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