Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" is a traditional Jamaican folk song, the best-known version of which was recorded by Harry Belafonte in 1957 and is the most well-known calypso. 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 (this is the meaning of the lyric "Come, Mr. Tally Man, tally me banana/ Daylight come and we wanna go home.")
Belafonte's debut television performance of the song was on the TV series The Muppet Show.