Who never got a song in mind that bothers the whole day, not because of the melody but because this song reminds you of one of the best moment of your life with the one who used to be your loved one?

We all know that smell can easily bring back olfactory memories, but unfortunately music as well brings back memories: auditory memories.

Harry Belafonte – « Banana Boat Song (Day O) » – 1956

(To see the clip, click right here)

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and he wan’ go home
Day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day, he say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and he wan’ go home

Work all night on a drink a’rum
(Daylight come and he wan’ go home)
Stack banana till thee morning come
(Daylight come and he wan’ go home)

Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally me banana
(Daylight come and he wan’ go home)
Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally me banana
(Daylight come and he wan’ go home)

It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!
(Daylight come and he wan’ go home)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!
(Daylight come and he wan’ go home)

Well folks, if this happens to you very often, I am right here with you!


And as I feel like it’s time to become real friends you and I, let me tell you about the story of this song, written just above.

[…] Southern! Down to Mississippi! It was time to meet “the” family. I was quite nervous because it’s always a big step! But so excited also to meet the persons who know A.A. the most.

So here we were, on the road and we were looking for a playlist of songs to play during the wedding reception.

Suddenly, A.A.  played “Day-O” from Harry Belafonte and started to sing it. When it came to “six foot, seven foot, height foot, bunch”, I started wondering if the singer was making a mistake as we usually say six, seven, height “feet”. So I asked A.A about it and mister Frank Sinatra just kept singing and smiling at me, with “this” smile!! I asked again my question and one more time, mister kept singing. With persistence, I asked him a third time without getting any answers 🙂

By the time, I was boiling inside because of the need to know if there was possibly a mistake in the song, and my last question came out in a very interesting way, saying “HOOOONNnnnney… ANSHERRR THE QUESHHHTION!!!!” (I will translate for you haha. I meant actually “answer my question”) He looked at me with big eyes full of surprise; we stared at each other for like 3 seconds and ended up laughing and giggling like 2 crazy sausages (, don’t try to imagine 2 sausages laughing together. That doesn’t work 🙂 but I just love this expression I created years ago! ahah!)! This was definitely a memory to highlight in my journal!

Now (tonight) that I think about it, it makes me smile but today, as my colleague played this song “Day-O” in the office, though I smiled, my heart was very heavy.

How is it possible to escape all the songs you and your loved one used to listen together for days…months…years?

It is difficult I can tell you. Today, the song “Sugar” from Maroon 5 (one of our favorite song) is as well still a sensible subject for me. But I realized that the most you listen those songs in different situations and with different people, the most you are able to build different memories with it.

And this, dear reader, is also part of the process you will have to go through if you want to heal.

We hold on to all the memories we have, we don’t want to give them up at the cross. We feel like we forsake this very story if we start to forget those memories. But the truth is that whatever happened before the breaking up, it’s done. And if God will allow restoration in our relationships, we need to understand that this will be brand new. “but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead“ (Philippians 3:13)

Dear reader, Jesus Christ doesn’t look at our past. And if we want to move forward, we need to trust Him and believe that He is a good God, that He wants the best for us and that the best lies ahead. Let’s stay focus on the great plans God has for us, whatever those plans may be. Let’s put our faith in Him alone.

Kath Leen

There Is More Co.™

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