Piggyback Song Lyrics: Saying Goodbye to Christmas

(to the tunes of traditional Angels We Have Heard on High, Harry Belefonte’s Banana Boat Song, and There’s No Place Like Home) Works well with guitar or other instrumental backing, calypso style espsecially:

Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply echo their joyous strains.

Glo—ooooo—ooooo—ooooo–ria in excelsis deo.

Glo—ooooo—ooooo—ooooo–ria in excelsis deo.


Day-O.  Da-a-a-O! Chreesmas come and me wan’ go home.

Day! Mesay-day, Mesay-Day, Mesay-Day – O.

Chreesmas come and me wan’ go home!


Here come Jolly Christopher Kringle! Chreesmas come and me wan’ go home.

Hear those carols and sleigh bells jingle.

(Loan him your compass cos’ he wanna go home.)

The presents are scattered: all helter skelter! Chreesmas come and me wan’ go home.

Leave him some cookies and alka-seltzer! Chreesmas come and me wan’ go home.


(start with speaking):

Come, Missa Sanny Claus, bring me new computer.

My hard disk, she failed and de data, she’s gone.

Last year I ask you, bring me BMW,

Da bike, she was nice, but she won’t take me home.


Day –  O!                Da-a-a – O!       (ritard)

Chreesmas come an’ me wan’ go home.

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.


This arrangement and original lyrics for bold-print Banana Boat tune are under copyright by Hildra Tague and Ray McLain. Obtain permission for use online or in print.


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Career educator in both public and private schools. Has tutored all ages. Writes about education, parenting, & seniors. Sings harmony with folk/rock group and a choir. Caregiver for spouse who dealt with Stage IV cancer. Happy person committed to nature and conservation of a green world.
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