The Banana Boat Song

1956


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    In this case I have merely added some new verses to the song that Harry Belafonte sang in 1956. I have left-justified Belafonte's lyrics and indented mine. Think of it as the Halloween version of the song.

Day-o, Day-ay-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.


Work all night on a drink o' rum.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Stack banana 'til de mornin' come.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Come, Mister Tally Man, tally me banana.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Come, Mister Tally Man, tally me banana.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day, me say day-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

A beautiful bunch o' ripe banana

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Hide de deadly black tarantula.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Voodoo man got Abercrombie

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Now he workin' as a zombie.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Now we mournin' our boy Victor.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        He got a hug from de boa constrictor.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Do not stumble when you carry de banana.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        If you fall in de water, you get eaten by piranha.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.


        Great Jean Pierre won't get no greater.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        'Cause he run afoul of de alligator.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Francois had a meetin' wit' de army ants.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Now he just a skeleton in khaki pants.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

 

        Carlos is lyin' in de mud.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        'Cause de vampire bats take all his blood.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

 

        Hear how poor old Pedro screeches.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        When he meet up wit' de giant leeches.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day-o, me say day-ay-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day-ay-o.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Come, Mister Tally Man, tally me banana.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Come, Mister Tally Man, tally me banana.

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        Me'sa feelin' overworked and me t'ink me know why.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

        All de other loader fellas go an' die.

        Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day-ay-o!

Daylight come an' me wan' go home.

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