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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Kayla, Jamaica

29 March 2010 at 11:52pm

This song is my favorite but the lyrics that who ever wrote are wrong the part when it says"SIX FOOT SEVEN FOOT EIGHT FOOT PUNCH" It wrong because it SIX HANDS SEVEN HANDS EIGHT HAND BUNCH im just saying but great song and thanks for having it so people can sing it

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Mitzie, Clarendon Jamaica

3 February 2010 at 3:03am

SING THIS SONG ALL THE TIME ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TOO. JAMAICAN FOLK SONGS ARE THE BEST! HAVE YOU EVER HEARD "ROAST BREADFRUIT" or "CHI CHI BUD HOO"

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Sheela, Trivandrum, India

18 January 2010 at 6:07am

It is such an attractive song that we are teaching the first standard for the annual day celebration.

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Ben, Deni Australia

17 January 2010 at 7:32am

i listen to this song every night on my i pod

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Ron, Denver U.s.a.

16 January 2010 at 6:30am

Harry Belafonte sang it best!

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Alaina, Portsmouth England

9 January 2010 at 1:56pm

the film is great and this is my fav part

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Riki, Epj Sd

24 December 2009 at 9:02pm

I like the song bc it is on the movie and bc it was one of my teachers in school fav song so she sang it alot

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Steve, Gcba

24 December 2009 at 2:31pm

It's an awesome song! I have videos of my dad singing it to me when I was a baby :D

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Matthew, Bronx New York

22 December 2009 at 12:49am

i love to sing-a-long with this song.

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B.ilamathi, Tirupati,a.p

14 December 2009 at 7:56am

I love this song.You prepare so many songs like this

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Tas, Daventry Uk

6 November 2009 at 3:04pm

It's great song, puts you in dancing mood ah!

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Joshua, Portsmouth,uk

6 October 2009 at 6:23pm

I luv this song.I've never seen Beetlejuice but the Banana Boat Song is on my ipod. I took it to school and starteed singing it really loud in the playground. The whole school burst into laughter BEST SONG IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

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Manoj Menon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

19 September 2009 at 1:15pm

Nice song

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Elise, French

9 September 2009 at 2:56pm

Day----o Trop génial! Beetlejuice :) I like it.

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Taklesa, Guagua Pampanga

29 August 2009 at 1:04pm

i love the,its nice

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Prateek, Lucknow, India

8 August 2009 at 10:44pm

a beautiful song....still love it

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J, United States

5 July 2009 at 4:57am

i know this song from beetle juice. :)

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Elena, Dubna In Russia

21 June 2009 at 7:37pm

It's very nice song. I love it.

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Elena, Dubna In Russia

21 June 2009 at 7:35pm

It's a lovely song. Very nice!

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Shae, Orlando

19 June 2009 at 6:48pm

Brian in Mississauga Canada please see below of post by Melissa in Orlando: By Melissa in Orlando, Fl on 16 April 2009 My 4 year old son learned this song in pre-K and I heard him singing it for the first time yesterday. I thought it was the cutest thing. I haven't been able to stop singing it either. We found an old video online of Harry Belafonte performing it with the muppets. Too cute!

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