Banana Boat Song
For days I have been singing a verse from the calypso song Banana Boat Song. "Come, Mr. Tally Man, tally me banana. Daylight come and we wanna go home."
The Banana Boat Song is a traditional Trinidadian Calypso folk song, whose best-known version was sung by Harry Belafonte 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.")
The song was used in the dinner scene in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice.
The song is about a need to go home and a link with daylight or the sun, linked to forces of creation.
The word Beetlejuice takes us to Orion and related mythologies linked to Osiris. Within Orion was find the star Betelgeuse, pronounced Beetlejuice.
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