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harry belafonte – jamaica farewell lyrics

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down the way
where the nights are gay
and the sun shines daily on the mountaintop
i took a trip on a sailing ship
and when i reached jamaica i made a stop

(chorus)
but i’m sad to say i’m on my way
won’t be back for many a day
my heart is down
my head is turning around
i had to leave a little girl in kingston town

sounds of laughter everywhere
and the dancing girls swing to and fro
i must declare my heart is there
though i’ve been from maine to mexico

(chorus)
but i’m sad to say i’m on my way
won’t be back for many a day
my heart is down
my head is turning around
i had to leave a little girl in kingston town

down at the market you can hear
ladies cry out while on their heads they bear
ackee-, rice, saltfish are nice
and the rum is fine any time o’ year

(chorus)
but i’m sad to say i’m on my way
won’t be back for many a day
my heart is down
my head is turning around
i had to leave a little girl in kingston town

down the way
where the nights are gay
and the sun shines daily on the mountaintop
i took a trip on a sailing ship
and when i reached jamaica i made a stop

(chorus)
but i’m sad to say i’m on my way
won’t be back for many a day
my heart is down
my head is turning around
i had to leave a little girl in kingston town

sad to say i’m on my way
won’t be back for many a day
my heart is down
my head is turning around
i had to leave a little girl in kingston town.

-ackee: national fruit of jamaica; ackee and saltfish is the national dish