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Banana Boat Song

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Banana Boat Song

Banana Boat Song

Hey Mr.Tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and I wanna go home"

Daylight come and me want go home.
Chop banana til the morning come.
Daylight come...

Day-o, day-o
Daylight come...
Day-o, day-o

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana,
Daylight come...
Hide the deadly black tarantula,
Daylight come...

Day-o...etc.

Come mister tally man, tally me banana,
Daylight come...
Come mister...
Daylingt come...

I pack up all me things and I go to sea,
Daylight come...
Then all these banana see the last of me.
Daylight come...

Day-o...etc.

Come mr. tallyman..."

note: this is, more or less, the version sung by Harry Bellafonte. There's
another one, song by the Tarriers; both were lifted from a Library of Congress
field recording (the Tarriers version combines two songs) RG

SOF
OCT98
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