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Rank this week: 13 (↑11)
Duration: 3:34 
Release Date: 4/1/1957  (peterpuck9) 
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Released By: Capitol F3687 (45) (peterpuck9) 
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Facts:
  • Reached #25 on the BILLBOARD charts in April 1957. (sav-man)
  • The Freberg version of this tune was made into an animated cartoon (which I remember seeing on "The Great Space Coaster," an '80s' TV show for kids). (sav-man)
  • Peter Leeds is the one doing the interruptions throughout the song. (sav-man)
  • Funny send-up of Harry Belafonte's hit song. (sav-man)
  • The flip side of "Tele-Vee-Shun" (peterpuck9)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Day-o, day-o
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    Day, he say--
    (Wow, man, I`ll have to ask you not to shout like that.)
    Well...
    (It`s like right in my ear, man.)
    Well, it goes with the song.
    (Yeah, but don`t holler in my ear, man.)
    Well, it`s authentic, uh, Calypso, uh, shout--
    (Yeah, but try standing next to me, man.)
    Well, the shout go with the bongo drums.
    (Not my bongo drums, man. I mean, move away.)
    Well, I don`t see why.
    (No, no, no, stand over next to the guitar, man.)
    He sent me over here.
    (Yeah? Well, then sing soft, man. You know, I mean like, wow.)
    Okay. DAY--
    (It`s too loud, man.)
    Day...
    (That`s better.)

    Me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day-o
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    (Yeah, man.)

    Work all night on a drink of rum
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    Stack banana till the morning come
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    Lift six foot, seven foot (Hold it, man.)
    eight foot bunch (Hold it, man.)
    Daylight come and (Too loud, man, too loud.) me wan' go home
    Six foot, seven foot (Hold it, man, hold it, hold it, man.) eight foot bunch
    Daylight come (My ears, my ears, like, my ears.) and me wan' go home
    Day-- (No, hold it, man.)
    Me say day-o (It`s too shrill, man. It`s too piercing.)

    Well, I don`t see why--(No, it`s too piercing, man. It`s too piercing.) Well, I got to do the shout.
    (No, man, it`s too piercing. Like I don`t dig loud noises.)

    Well, you ruin the whole (Piercing.) record is what you do. (Yeah, well, tough. I`ll take my bongos and go, man. Because the whole thing is, like, bugging me, anyhow.)

    Yeah, well, wait a minute. I won`t shout. (No, I'm cuttin', man. Like I didn`t wanna make this gig in the first place.)
    Oh, no, wait a minute. I`ll be soft.
    (Yeah, well...then back off from me, man. It`s too piercing.)

    Okay.
    *footsteps receding*
    How`s this: DAY-O
    (Too loud, man.)
    Okay.
    *footsteps receding*
    day-o
    (Too loud, man. I can still hear you. Would you mind leaving the room.)
    Okay.
    *footsteps receding, door opens and closes*
    Day, me say day-o
    (Crazy.)
    *door opens, footsteps approaching*
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    *footsteps receding, door slams*
    Day, me say day-o
    *door opens, footsteps approaching*
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    A beautiful bunch of ripe banana
    Daylight come and me wan' go home
    Hide the deadly black tarantula
    Daylight come (No, man, don`t sing about spiders. I mean, oooh, like I don't dig spiders.) and me wan'...

    Well, that`s, that's how the song goes. See, it goes: Hide the deadly black tarantula
    Daylight come (Ooh.) and me wan' go home

    (Is that it, can I leave now?) Uh, not yet, we got a big finish.
    *footsteps leaving, door slams*
    Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day-o
    *rattles doorknob, knocks*
    Hey. (Yeah, man.) I locked myself out. (Crazy.)
    *footsteps, window breaks*
    I come through the window.

    Daylight come and me waaaan' go home

    (Wow.)
    (Backwoods)
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    Current Rating 10.0 (2 votes)
    Song Images:
    Messages about the song: "Banana Boat (Day-O)"
     
     
    Griff   Offline  -  Member  -  02-02-08 04:38 AM  -  13 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    any luck? would love to find this. nothing on you tube
      Online  -   -  05-15-07 05:31 PM  -  14 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    This is as close as i could get


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qFRN_0qtmc
      Online  -   -  04-05-07 07:21 AM  -  14 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    I've asked this question on Yahoo! Answers too! No response. "Too loud, man"
    andyk   Offline  -  Member  -  01-03-07 08:30 PM  -  14 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    can anyone tell me where i can find the animated version of 'the banana boat song' - i remember seeing it as a kid, with the 'hip' rabbit bongo-player : ..."i come through the window"!!!
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