Monday, November 2, 2015
Banana Boat Song
This is a song from my childhood.
I recall singing it in music class...or camp...or somewhere.
Interestingly I have used it in some of my music classes. I use it when teaching about calypso music. I use it when teaching about work songs.
Some renditions of it are more appropriate for the classroom than others.
Some I just find quite funny.
I've included a couple of examples here.
The one most often attributed with having sung this song is Harry Belafonte.
I so love this version with the Muppets.
I would show this video to my college students as an example of calypso music. They would just laugh because many of them had not watched the Muppets before.
I must admit that it still makes me laugh a bit even after having seen it many times. Gotta love Fozzy Bear!
This past weekend was Halloween and several friends mentioned watching this movie at a party. I was reminded of hearing this song in the movie.
This version from the movie Beetlejuice is what prompted this post.
A lot of this movie is forgettable, but this scene often comes to my mind when I hear this song. It made me laugh the first time I saw it and continues to do so.
I hope you enjoyed these two videos.
Do you have any memories of this song?