Actually a fusion of two Jamaican folk songs that Erik Darling first heard Bob Gibson (who had traveled to Jamaica) perform in Washington Square: "Day Dah Light" & "Hill and Gully Rider". The lyrics go:
Hill and gully rider, hill and gully (4x) Day-O, day-o, day-li-light and I wan' go home (2x).
1. Well, I'm loadin' de banana boat all night long - day-li-lght and I wan' go home. Hey! All-a de workman sing this song - day-li-light and I wan' go home.
2. Now I sleep by sun an' I work by moon - day-li-light an' I wan' go home. When I get some money gonna quit so soon - day-li-light and I wan' go home.
3. Well, I'll pack up all my t'ings an' I'll go to sea - day-li-light an' I wan' go home. Den de bananas see de last of me - day-li-light an' I wan' go home.