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Day-O (aka The Banana Boat Song) is a traditional Jamaican mento folk song. It was written by Lord Burgess, Bill Attaway and was first recorded and released by Harry Belafonte in 1955. It was adapted from Day Dah Light (Banana Loaders' Song). It was covered by Raffi, Big Daddy, Mina and Nina & Frederik. It has been made popular by the Tim Burton 1988 film and 2019 Broadway musical Beetlejuice. 

The Wiggles sing this song in the You Make Me Feel Like Dancing video and album.

Lyrics

Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Let's go bananas

Work all night till the morning come
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Stack banana till the morning come
Daylight come and he wanna go home

Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and he wanna go home

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and he wanna go home

Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and he wanna go home

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and he wanna go home

Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home

Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Come, mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and he wanna go home

Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home
Day, he say day-o
Daylight come and he wanna go home

Song Credits

Words and Music by Irving Burgie and William Attaway
Copyright © 1955 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP)/Lord Burgess Music Publishing Company (ASCAP)/Dimensional Music of 1091 (ASCAP)/Lord Burgess Music Publishing Company administered by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP) All Rights
Reserved. Used by Permission. Licensed courtesy of
Universal Music Pty. Limited/Licensed courtesy of S1 Songs

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