Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

This entry is part of 18 in the series 20010211_Issue

Harry Belafonte


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This is a Trinidad-Tobago folk song. This is also called Calypso
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1957
Harry Belafonte
Also Tarriers, Fontane Sisters, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Freberg
Words and Music by Harry Belafonte, Lord Burgess, and Bill Attaway

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)

Lyrics originally found at
http://www.fiftiesweb.com/lyrics/dayo.htm

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