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Banana Boat Song - Day-O


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Day – O   Day – O     Day light come and I wanna go home
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Day,   is a day, is a day ay ay - O,  Daylight come and I wanna go home

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Work all night on a drink of rum  (daylight come and I wanna go home)
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Stack bananas till the morning come (day light come and I wanna go home)

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Come Mister Tally Man tally me bananas  (daylight come and I wanna go home) 2
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Lift    6 hand,  7 hand, 8 hand bunch,     (daylight come and I wanna go home)2


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A beautiful bunch of ripe bananas   (daylight come and I wanna go home)
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They hide the deadly black tarantula  (daylight come and I wanna go home)

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Clerk man checks but he checks with caution (daylight come and I wanna go home
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My back is broke with sheer exhaustion  (daylight come and I wanna go home)     


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Day – O  Day ay ay – O   Daylight come and I wanna go home  (4 times)

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