"Bananna Boat Song" as written by and William Attaway Lord Burgess....
Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and he wan' go home
Day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and he wan' go home

Work all night on a drink a'rum
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Stack banana till thee morning come
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally me banana
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally me banana
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

Day, he say day-ay-ay-o
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

A beautiful bunch a'ripe banana
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Hide thee deadly black tarantula
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

Day, he say day-ay-ay-o
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally me banana
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally me banana
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)
Day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day-ay-ay-o
(Daylight come and he wan' go home)


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"Day-O (Banana Boat Song)" as written by Bob Carey Alan Arkin

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  • +1
    General CommentCargo ships traveled to the British Isles to purchase bananas. Wealthy Brits paid to travel on these ships to see the islands (comparable to cruise ships of today). At nighttime the ships docked to allow the island women to bring their bananas to sell. When the daylight came they would collect their pay from the tally man and return to their families. This story was told to us by a ninety year old lady who traveled on one of these ships. Out of the entire trip she was most amazed by the women, because they carried such enormous bunches of bananas on their heads. She was moved by the physical and spiritual strength of the women as they seemingly worked joyfully throughout the night. This song is amazing and so is this woman.
    Dr. Awkwardon December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like it it is funny and inspiring to me
    Kaireenon June 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone bomb, two bomb, three bomb, four!
    daylight come and me want to go home...
    come on mr. taliban, turn over bin laden
    day light come and me want to go home
    ...missle knockin at your door
    day light come and me wanna go home
    urmomdiditycantuon March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was originally sung by jamaican dock workers.
    Vehicleon December 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE DIS SONG!!!!! IT'S IN THE TIM BURTON MOVIE BEETLE JUICE!!!!!!!!!!!
    JDLuvaSQEEon May 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awful to get stuck in your head. and reminds me so much of beetlejuice haha.
    melchapman.xon June 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis version has at least closest to the right word for the measure of the banana's!
    The term is "Haan" not "hand" a "hand" is a measurement used for the height of a horse at the shoulders. A "Haan" is and actual count of the layers of the banana's in the blossom. Banana's grow in the "up" position not hanging down. The fruit people eat is the blossom of a tropical flowering plant. (In North America people grow them as "Elephant Ear Plants" because they never bloom!)
    So when you go to the grocery store and buy a "bunch" of banana's you are typically buying only one sixth or one eighth of 2 haan's of banana's because they always pull the blossom apart into manageable and box-able bunches that are only 2 haan's each (because a single haan would not hold together as a bunch and a bunch with 3 haan would be unmanageable and would not colour out well for the middle haan as banana's are picked green and ripen on the boat coming to you.)
    Also this song is about the banana pickers and how they were used, abused, and treated like slaves. This is NOT a "happy worker" song, it was a protest of the working conditions of the Chiquita Banana Plantations!
    So Chiquita came out with the Carmen Miranda based woman with a bowl of fruit on her head singing happily and bring you beautiful fresh fruit!
    Scotty
    scottyboydon September 08, 2017   Link
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    jld_slickon June 25, 2004   Link

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