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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Ayanna, Lake Wood

16 June 2009 at 8:22pm

i love this song

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Brian, Mississauga Canada

11 June 2009 at 9:28pm

All these comments and not a single mention of harry Bellafonte who made this song famous! This song was on the first album that ever sold a million copies and remained in the top 10 on the charts for over a year!

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Rasha, Usa Pembroke

31 May 2009 at 1:24am

i will never forget this song i love the song so so so much i also love the video it is so funny it rocks the best

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Rasha, Pembroke Usa

30 May 2009 at 5:30pm

its funny i love this song so does my brother

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Johnnie Mazzer, Hollywood Ca Usa

17 May 2009 at 7:14am

my grandfather used to play this song on his record player while babysitting my brothers & sister & me when we were little kids growing up in NJ =)

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Nicole, Ny (not The Big Apple)

10 May 2009 at 4:37pm

my family knows this song by heart ill never forget it

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Stephanie Solano, Cali, Colombia

1 May 2009 at 3:25am

personalmente, esta canción es de las mejores que he escuchado, desde que tengo memoria.. me encanta su sabor y su ritmo tan inigualable...

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Natalie, Canada Mississaga

27 April 2009 at 12:55am

This is the best song ever

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Shelby, Oxford Shire

24 April 2009 at 10:09pm

I like the song

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Kang And Kodos, Maryland, Us

22 April 2009 at 9:34pm

This is our favorite song and will use it to enslave human minds as we conqeur your planet!

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Melissa, Orlando, Fl

16 April 2009 at 6:03pm

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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Leia, New Jersey

11 April 2009 at 8:35pm

My dad started singing this song to me and I LOVED IT!

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Rachel, Griswold Usa

7 April 2009 at 7:50pm

I luv this song! 8 )

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Anika, Germany

27 March 2009 at 11:40am

I've heard this song in school. It's a great song!

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Enyonam, London

25 March 2009 at 7:32pm

I am going to play Day-o this thursday at st thomas college with my school ochestra

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Cyril, Marseille France

17 March 2009 at 7:38pm

Well well well , what can i say more , you've said everything already ! You can hear it in Spin City too . GREAT SONG !

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Charlie, England

12 March 2009 at 8:51pm

A really funny and cool song to hear and to sing

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Peter Jackson, Smegol, Golom

9 March 2009 at 6:34pm

a beautiful bunch, a ripe banana!

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Kenzie, Spiceland

7 March 2009 at 3:43pm

I love this song it is awesome!

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Ismael, Delavan Wisconsin

26 February 2009 at 11:57pm

i love this song its so talented

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