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Day-O
Harry Belafonte Lyrics


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

Work all night on a drink of rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Stack banana 'til de 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

Lift 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-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 o' ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan' go home

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

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC
Written by: Dave Tanner, William Attaway, Harry Belafonte, Lord Burgess

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Comments from YouTube:

Sara Solomon

It's so interesting looking at the comments (Most people mention the movie "Beetlejuice"), but the songs lyrics are extremely clear; Night workers, harvesting bananas on a plantation, are eager for the "Tally Man" to tally their bananas, so they can to home to rest. As someone mentioned below, it's a Jamaican folk song.

Sam Sharpe

@Bugga Boy stuff like this is doubly sad because it's exactly American policy that made the work your grandpa did so dangerous, by destroying any country that dared attempting the improvement of agricultural worker's rights, something that Belafonte has struggled against all his life

MRDH33.0

Trey90 Count them up

Trey90

what do u mean by tally their bananas?

MRDH33.0

It’s just a job, and too hot to do it in the day

T M

AS YT is it heart breaking? I thought of it as a group work song

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scott rayner

Nobody:
Everyone at the dinner table:
T H E Y R E G R O O V I N

Sam Breall

Everyone: Moonlight comin me wanna eat dinner

gianna

HAHAHA yes

kkdaweirdo YT

this is a slave song..

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