Tune of the Day: Banana Boat Song
This traditional Jamaican folk song, a famous version of which was sung by Harry Belafonte, is the best-known calypso, a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the beginning of the 20th century. It is a song from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. Daylight has come, the shift is over and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home:
Come, Mr. Tally Man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wanna go home.
By the way, the cry “Day-O!” by itself has become a frequently-used bit at baseball parks in late innings when the home team needs a rally, as spectators want to “go home”.