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Harry Belafonte

Banana Boat Song

Folk
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“Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)“ is a traditional Jamaican mento folk song, the best-known version of which was sung by Harry Belafonte. Although it is really Jamaican mento, the song is widely known as an example of calypso music. It is a song from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. Daylight has come, the shift is over and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Daylight come and me wan' go home ... Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana ... Day, me say day, me say day, me say day

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