Day O

This classic folk song of Jamaican dock workers finishing up their overnight shift loading bananas onto cargo ships is thought to have originated with them as a call and response work song.  From Red's award-winning Favorite Sing Along Songs CD.

Themes: Work song bananas, Jamaica

Day O

Chorus
Day-O, day-o
Daylight come and me wanna go home
Day-O, day-o
Daylight come and me wanna go home

Work all night ‘til the mornin' come...
Stack banana ‘til the mornin' come...

Chorus

Come, mister tallyman, tally me banana...
Come, mister tallyman, tally me banana...

Chorus

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana...
Lift six hand, seven hand, eight hand bunch...

Chorus

© 1993 Smilin' Atcha Music, Inc.

Traditional- adapted and arranged by Red and Kathy Grammer

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