A call-and-response song so much fun to sing and a popular go-to for children’s entertainers is actually a traditional Jamaican work song in a calypso style. Kids can think they’re learning about eating more fruit, while Harry Belafonte was singing in 1956 about laborers working the night shift so that the kids can get their bananas, year round.
Perhaps the song could remind us that produce doesn’t magically appear in supermarkets.
In this respect, it’s a precursor to the contemporary fad of zero-mile diets and growing our own food. Mind you, a banana grown in Canada or Norway would require significant energy usage in a greenhouse. The low yield of such an agricultural ideology done large scale, would hardly produce enough to feed the world’s billions. And would put the day laborers out of work…
So it seems the need to sing this song shall endure. Day-O!