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The Banana Boat Song

Written by
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Originally written by
Language
English
ISWC
T-070.880.737-7
Adapted from
Day Dah Light (Banana Loaders' Song) written by [Traditional]
Comments
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.
Published by
EDWARD B MARKS MUSIC COMPANY
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written by unknown author(s) Chinese

written by , English

Title Performer Release date Info
1956 First recording on October 20, 1955
First release
1956
1957 A cappella
1957
1957
1957
August 1963
July 1964
1964
1964
1966
Banana Boat Nuestro Pequeño Mundo 1970 Unverified
September 1, 1972 Live
1974
1975
1976
1977
1980
Belafonte Medley Roberto Blanco 1980 Unverified
1981
1982
1984
November 18, 1985 Medley
1987
Banana Boat Song Bergendy 1987 Unverified
1988
(Samuel Wright) 1990
April 1991
1992
1993
1994
July 11, 1995
1996 A cappella
Day O Die Campbells 2002 Unverified
2005
May 2008
March 2009

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i July 1962
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i June 1967
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i 1970
i September 26, 1973
i 1973
i 1987 Medley
i 1988
i 1998
i 2002
i 2011
i 2014

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written by Norwegian

Chiclete No Coração written by Portuguese (not verified yet)

Theo - Theo written by German (not verified yet)