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

written by , instrumental

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

written by Norwegian

written by Finnish

written by , , English

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

written by unknown author(s) Chinese

Chiclete No Coração written by Portuguese (not verified yet)

Theo - Theo written by German (not verified yet)