Day-oh!
Banana Boat Lyrics


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Day-o (day-o)
me say day-o (me say day-o)

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, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
A beautiful bunch of ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Hiding deadly black tarantula.
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Day-o, me say day, me say day, me say day-o
daylight come and me wan' go home.
I work all night and I drink my rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Stack banana til de morning come.
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
I work all night and I drink my punch
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch.
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
If you tally me banana
then you tally with cushion
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
my back is sore
pure exhaustion.
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day-o, me say day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Day-o (day-o)




me say day-o (me say day-o)
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Overall Meaning

The iconic Jamaican folk song, Day-oh! by Banana Boat, tells the story of a group of Jamaican workers who are gathering and counting bananas at night. The first verse expresses the workers' desire to go home as daylight approaches. The verses that follow depict the physical labor of collecting, counting, and stacking bananas until finally, the tally man comes to count the fruit. The chorus, which repeats throughout the song, is a rallying cry to leave work and go home. The song also references a tarantula, which is a nod to the workers' dangerous and unpredictable working conditions.


This song's lyrics convey the plight of Jamaican workers who were exploited and forced to work in harsh conditions on banana plantations. The song serves as a symbol for the laborers’ hardship, struggle, and desire to be free. The workers' rhythmic chant of "day-o" represents their hope and longing for a brighter tomorrow, and the desire for freedom from oppressive working conditions. Furthermore, the song's upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics made it an instant hit around the world and contributed to the popularization of Jamaican music and culture globally.


Line by Line Meaning

Day-o (day-o)
The singer is humming the melody to start the song.


me say day-o (me say day-o)
The singer repeats the phrase to start the song.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer is working until daytime, and wants to go home.


Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
The singer is addressing someone who counts bananas, to tally their fruit.


Daylight come and me wan' go home
The singer is still working in the morning, but wants to leave.


Come Mister tally man,, tally me banana
The singer repeats their request to count bananas.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer is still working, but wants to go home as soon as possible.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home
The singer repeats their desire to leave work in the morning.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer is anxious to leave and keeps repeating the same line.


A beautiful bunch of ripe banana
The singer is admiring the fruit they are working with.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer reiterates their desire to go home in the morning.


Hiding deadly black tarantula.
The singer is warning about a tarantula hiding in the fruit.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer keeps repeating their desire to leave work.


Day-o, me say day, me say day, me say day-o
The singer is repeating the melody and the refrain again.


daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer is getting tired of working and repeating their wish to leave work.


I work all night and I drink my rum
The singer explains that they've been working and drinking all night.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer keeps singing about their desire to leave work in the morning.


Stack banana til de morning come.
The singer is stacking bananas until it's time to leave work in the morning.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer repeats their wish to leave work in the morning.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home
The singer is tired and ready to go home.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer repeats the refrain, expressing their desire to go home in the morning.


I work all night and I drink my punch
The singer has been working all night and is now drinking punch.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer repeats their desire to leave work in the morning.


Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch.
The singer is lifting a bunch of bananas that is six, seven, or eight feet tall.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer repeats their desire to go home in the morning.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home
The singer keeps repeating their desire to go home in the morning.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer repeats their wish to leave work in the morning.


If you tally me banana
The singer is asking the tally man to count all the bananas they have.


then you tally with cushion
The singer wants the tally man to count carefully and accurately.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer keeps repeating their wish to leave work in the morning.


my back is sore
The singer is tired from working and their back is hurting.


pure exhaustion.
The singer is completely exhausted from working all night and wants to go home in the morning.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody again.


Daylight come and me wan' go home
The singer keeps repeating their wish to leave work in the morning.


Day-o, me say day-o
The singer hums the melody one last time before the end of the song.


Daylight come and me wan' go home.
The singer repeats their desire to go home in the morning, ending the song.




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