Harry Belafonte - Jamaica Farewell Lyrics




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

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

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, salt, fish are nice
And the rum is fine any time o' year

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

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.





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  1. keeper182

    once, in college, during an english class we analyzed this song and I remember one of my classmates asking the teacher how the nights can be homosexual. It took a while to the teacher to calm down the laughing

  2. Clyde P

    I had heard that this is not the original recording which was popular in January 1957. However this copy sounds nice and clear.

  3. Life from Volatility 75

    Raila Odinga's favourite

  4. Unicorn In Anime

    My dad sung this as my lullaby when I was 3 he also sung the prettiest star but I love this song it’s so sad but so nice

  5. HM P

    Sad to say I am on my way I have to leave a little girl in Kingston town (Jan. 2020)😍😘😍

  6. Abdul Fitouri

    This sounds a lot like it might have inspired kiss the girl from the little mermaid

  7. Jacqueline Gutmann

    My grandfather used to sing this to me! He passed but his music influence always reminds me of him... 🤗

  8. Bob Dupont

    i love this song ,

  9. Jo000000ey Martin

    this song fucking sucks

  10. jennifur sun

    SOOO LOVE the guitarist on this song. soo pretty

  11. king Godzilla

    Sounds relaxing

  12. subha sumaiya

    I love an oldie who first introduced me with this song. I'll never forget the time I'm spending with you. Don't know how long I'll be able to be a part of your big life. I never want a farewell. Please remember me. Xoxo

  13. Hirosh Naveendra

    I like this song and song's writter

  14. Harun Mwana Dekow

    Raila odinga former prime minister of Kenya loves this song and I heard from him......

  15. Just Lewis

    Used to sing this in primary school lol

  16. Heston CAP

    I love this song I remember it playing on those radios in rabbids go home on the wii and I loved it

  17. varun poddar

    I remember singing this song in school, ah those were the days

    Nemai Chandra Mondal

    Same here too

  18. Jay Adams

    It is in my liked list so it cycles around periodically. I love it when it plays as a surprise. :)

  19. Hannah Fry

    i’m only fifteen but my mom told me how much she loved this song and i listened to it and it’s my new favorite thing

  20. Arjun Basraon

    Anyone still listening to this gig in 2019/20

  21. FLOH

    Hi everybody !
    I played a cover of this beautiful song, what do you think of it ?
    https://youtu.be/plpQI9nStNE

  22. Jowan Samuel

    Im crying noww😭

  23. Eber D. Hdez. Glez.

    Existe una versión mexicana de los Hooligans "adios a Jamaica".

  24. Aditi Bhattac

    Long live Fidel ...Long live Che.....

  25. ruski dog

    *"Down the way where the knights are GAY-"*

  26. Kimberly Sizemore

    RIP Irving Burgie...Thank you for your music.

  27. Paul Gleitman

    Stu Pidity - Belafonte’s now 92 - -G-d bless him .

  28. Paul Gleitman

    I am Rajiv Mukherjee , I’m listening to Belafonte’s “ Jamaica 🇯🇲 Farewell “ in 2019 .
    One of the greatest songs performed by one of greatest entertainers ever .
    Wake up man,

  29. Damion Smith

    Rest In External Peace Sir.

  30. rdvqc

    RIP Irving Burgie a.k.a. Lord Burgess who wrote most of this album. He passed away at 95 this past week

  31. John O

    rip
    Irving Burgie
    who wrote this ditty as well as Day O and others

  32. Jason Lee

    Bob Dylan turned this into a song called Kingsport Town...great song..

  33. Tom Hopkins

    R.I.P. Irving Burgie, the songwriter.

  34. Genghis Khan

    RIP Irving Burgie died Fri Nov 29 2019. Cheer's for the grooves

    Cathy Buchanan

    Harry Belafonte is still alive. It was this song's composer, Irving Burgie, who passed away last Friday.

    Genghis Khan

    Sorry heard it on the radio thought it was Harry Belafonte died.

  35. choomanfoo

    RIP Irving Burgie (writer of this song), died on Friday in Brooklyn. He was 95.

  36. Alex Ottway

    Farewell Irving Burgie 🙁

  37. raymond mendoza

    okay, i'll be listening to this in 2020...who's with me?

    Rumble Boy1

    I'm here. Greentings✌👍
    Thank you Rabbids Go Home (Hospital Escape) 😅

    Syed Nazmul Habib

    me also

    Chris Long

    Me too, listening and singing right now!

  38. Krish Lambah

    Yesss best song ever

  39. nelson kipsang

    great song

  40. Aparna Chatterjee

    I feel happy to hear this.

  41. NeXvA

    Came here from Rabbids Go Home

  42. Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    Soothing music 😀

  43. Arshvardhan Singh

    I need this on soundcloud! Please someone send the link and full version!

  44. Orla Bates

    My dad always used to sing this to me when I was little to make me go to sleep. Later I realized he learnt it from forest school camps where this is one of our favourite campfire songs....This always makes me feel so at peace

  45. h h

    Mein Adoptievvater liess dieses Lied laufen wärend er mit mehreren Männern mich vergewaltigt hat und dieses gefilmt hat.... es triggert mich wenn ich es höre und doch ist dieses Lied das gewesen was mich während dieser Sache am Leben erhalten hat

  46. Monika Dunns

    Am watching it on the top of the pops and now am feeling a bit nostalgia in November 2019. Am now heading down memory lane.

  47. Bent Elmalek

    2019???

  48. Francis Medina

    I loved H.B before I was a Teenager because his voice,rhythm of Jamaican music is forever. Go ahead everybody, listen to him....

  49. Robert Lavrakas

    My dad,was the biggest fan of Harry.Dads voice wasn't good but he sure tried. Great memories. Thank you

  50. Zubayer Chowdhury

    Evergreen song

  51. MagnetaGraphics [PZ Designer]

    Anyone gonna talk about night gayness?

  52. Samyabrata Das

    😍😍😍🎼

  53. Magellan Tuitu'u

    I begin to tear up every time I hear this song, truly a good song...

  54. Caryn Todd

    I grew up listening to Harry Belefonte He was My Moms Favorite next to my Dad because my dad had a Great Voice he would Sing all of Belefontes Music for Us .❤ the Best

  55. Caryn Todd

    Always Beautiful

  56. playlist man

    That gay part threw me off

  57. ROXANNE KEOMAKA

    Love you Harry and the romance you introduced us all to Jamaic

  58. Kevin K

    Any other business students here who are taking business law and here because of the statute of frauds song? 😂

  59. cherambos robert

    I like the song it! reminds me of campus life way back in KU

  60. Assy David

    Lovely Song

  61. Mariusz Wesolowski

    It's too bad that the younger generations will completely misunderstand the "gay nights" in this song...

    Songborto Biswas

    It's too bad that even this peaceful, pleasant song can spawn homophobic comments.

    Mariusz Wesolowski

    @Songborto Biswas What do you find 'homophobic' in my comment? It is about language, not about ideology.

    Songborto Biswas

    @Mariusz Wesolowski according to you,
    Gay=jolly(good)
    Gay=homosexual(not good)

  62. Syscami S.R.L.

    Remembering my childhood. Belafonte was one of my father favourite singer. His voice is so clear and soft.

  63. Mariana Lucean

    I love Harry Belafonte!

  64. Marty SR K

    A Laverne and Shirley rerun brought me here.

  65. MP 474

    Rabbids Go Home brought me here.

  66. Saniel Saldanha

    nice song

  67. JiShaD SaNil

    Any malayalies

  68. Rajiv Mukherjee

    How many ppl are listening to this in 2019 ??

    Frida Franklin

    We is in a frosty December.

    Pop Dukes

    Rajiv Mukherjee 2020 here lol

  69. donofdeaths

    Wasn't a news-station interviewing Harry Belafonte when 9/11 was first reported? Seems like that was a thing?

  70. Kubernikus iOS 18

    Rabbids?

  71. Babita Prasad

    This song is incorrect

  72. Johann Cure

    Yes Jamaica 2019

  73. Johann Cure

    Yes Jamaica 2019

  74. Karen Hargis

    I wish I could go bk to that era..I was definitely born in the wrong decade

  75. Stanley Stamiri

    If you are eager for peace of mind, here's it right in this song...so play it on!

  76. Jeremy A

    Other Comments: This song is for my relative who died

    Me: rAbBiDS gO hOmE

  77. 陳頎文

    French Folk Song

  78. Sourav Bagchi

    eternal heart touching

  79. The Bong Girl

    😍😍😍

  80. Artur Boras

    ..,warto byc okazyjnym idiota , aby doznac tropikalnego usmiechu !!!!

  81. Artur Boras

    masterpiece !

  82. Pratham Dhammaratna

    Any Indian here or just me?

    La Haine

    just you

    Pratham Dhammaratna

    @La Haine good to be unique

  83. Bethel New

    Am here till 2025

  84. Christian Sibbald

    Little Chris age of 5 Year Sing and Played this at the Garden at Home 1959 and now I'm almost 65 Year Young I Never Get Old! 25-8-2019

  85. Jakeline Vargas

    Esa cancion nos recuerda la mejor musica que existio

  86. Chhanda Bandyopadhyay

    Very nice song

  87. Dominic Sipos

    His fingers are way too long terrible artist

  88. Dominic Sipos

    I got mugged in jamaica

  89. Blury Blur

    Memories

  90. Dave Spence

    Yep for sure

  91. Asif Naqvi

    Nostalgic Farewell Jamaica

  92. Ifeanyichukwu Josiah

    Who's listening in August 2019

    Dominic Sipos

    Ifeanyichukwu Josiah me

    Raymond Luk

    I still listen to the songs sung by
    Harry Belafonte in
    September 2019 and the years ahead

    Suvajit roy sharma

    Sep 2019

  93. Mohammad Golam Rabbani

    Shagorer oi prantore Bangla version by Souls
    Love this song from Bangladesh

  94. Malcolm MacLeod

    Best version!