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Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song (Day-O)

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Uploaded on Jul 30, 2011

Der Banana Boat Song („Bananenboot-Lied") ist ein jamaikanisches Calypso-Volkslied. Der Song geht zurück auf ein altes jamaikanisches Volkslied mit dem Titel "Day dah light", das von Schauerleuten handelt, die in Nachtschicht Bananen verluden und über ihre Arbeit sangen.
Sie erlebten den Tagesanbruch und das damit einhergehende Schichtende: "Daylight come and me wanna go home". Dieser Refrain ist ebenso wie die Melodie allen frühen, traditionellen Versionen des Liedes gemeinsam. Die Strophen variierten jedoch und wurden oft wahrscheinlich aus dem Stegreif erfunden.

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Day-o, Day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Work all night on a drink a' rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Stack banana till the mornin' come
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day...
Daylight come and me wan' go home

A beautiful bunch a' ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan' go home

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day...
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home

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