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"I Wanna Banana" (Arthur Askey, 1942)

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Uploaded on Sep 14, 2008

Double entendre and back again with Arthur Askey and the lads--part of Britain's home front "Band Wagon" show from WWII. Music of Tolchard Evans--lyrics by Ralph Butler.

I WANNA BANANA

A sailor and his sweetheart were walking hand in hand,
The day that he was sailing for a foreign land,
Said he, "Oh tell me, darling, what shall I bring you back?"
She came a little closer and then she said, "Oh, Jack...

I wanna banana, I wanna banana, bring me back a banana sailor boy!
I wanna banana, I wanna banana,
That's the thing I really should enjoy.

You can tell the captain, you can tell the crew,
I don't want a monkey or a cockatoo,

I wanna banana, I wanna banana, bring me back a banana sailor boy!
I wanna banana, I wanna banana,
That's the thing I really should enjoy.

You brought me back an orange,
it gave me great delight,
You brought me back a lemon,
and you squeezed me tight,
You brought me back a grapefruit,
I paid you with a kiss,
Now, when you're in Jamaica,
please remember this:

I wanna banana, I wanna banana, bring me back a banana sailor boy!
I wanna banana, I wanna banana,
That's the thing I really should enjoy.

You brought me back a straw hat that came from Panama,
A pair of coral earrings,
back from Zanzibar,
Fine Oriental trinkets are beautiful no doubt,
But when you're in Jamaica, please cut the knick-knacks out!

I wanna banana, I wanna banana, bring me back a banana sailor boy!
I wanna banana, I wanna banana,
That's the thing I really should enjoy!"

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