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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 , English

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

written by , instrumental

Title Performer Release date Info
i 2011
i July 1962
i 1973
i September 26, 1973
i 1988
i 1957
i 1998
i 1958
i 1987 Medley
i June 1967
i 1958
i 1965
i 2014
i 1970
i 1968
i 2002
i 1970

written by Norwegian

written by Finnish

written by , , English

Title Performer Release date Info
1984
1957
1990
1957
1957
1957
November 26, 1956
1986 Medley
1957
December 1956
October 1964
October 1969
November 1956
1956 First release
Sampled by Buchanan and Goodman
August 1957

written by unknown author(s) Chinese

Chiclete No Coração written by Portuguese (not verified yet)

Theo - Theo written by German (not verified yet)