It became a major hit in placing No. It also inspired a follow-up song, "I've Got the Yes! Al Jolson recorded on film an operatic version, in blackfacein the s.
Frank Silver explained the origin of the song to Time Magazine : "I am an American, of Jewish ancestry, with a wife and a young son. About a year ago my little orchestra was playing at a Long Island hotel. To and from the hotel I was wont to stop at a fruit stand owned by a Greek, who began every sentence with 'Yess.
Finally I wrote this verse and Cohn fitted it with a tune. The song was the theme of the outdoor relief protests in Belfast in These were a unique example of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland protesting together, and the song was used because it was one of the few non- sectarian songs that both communities knew.
The song lent its title to a book about the depression in Belfast. The term has been resurrected on many occasions, including during rationing in the United Kingdom in World War IIwhen the British government banned imports of bananas for five years.
Shop owners put signs stating "Yes, we have no bananas" in their shop windows in keeping with the war spirit. Hallelujah, Bananas! Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls—the kind that you seldom see I was seeing Nellie home, to an old-fashioned garden: but, Hallelujah, Bananas! Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me! Spaeth subsequently repeated his argument as an expert witness. On January 1,the song entered the public domain in the United States.
The song appeared in the popular Archie Comics. Referenced here in the long-running Girl Genius comic [ when? The song is referenced several times in Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The song is Yes! We Have No Bananas - Spike Jones And His City Slickers - Yes! We Have No Bananas / Rudolph referenced in " Magic by the Lake " by Edward Eager. The song was referenced in the film Only Angels Have Wingswhen Cary Grant asks Thomas Mitchell why a boat is not stopping at a particular port, Mitchell says, "They have no bananas," to which Cary Grant responds, "They have no bananas?!
In the musical film Luxury Linerthe Pied Pipers performed the song. In the movie Sabrinastarring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogartthe two go out boating and play the song on an old fashioned crank phonograph, as Sabrina sings along An instrumental version of the song is featured throughout All These Womena rare comedy by Ingmar Bergman. The song was used as a leitmotif in The Comicoften to underscore serious moments in the life of the film's protagonist played by Dick Van Dyke.
In The English Patienta few verses are sung as a joke. We have Nosferatu today! Soon after this song became a Jeanne Cherhal - Voilà hit, the answer song "I've Got The Yes! Hanley was published. The song criticized the ubiquity and nonsensical lyrics of the original. This song got a Dutch cover inby De Boswachters. This song became largely popular in the Netherlands after Patrick Kicken played it often on The radio show.
The song was parodied more than once on The Muppet Showsung by various anthropomorphic fruits and vegetables and at one point The Swedish Chef.
Jan reads the title of the The, finding it groovy and far out. She remarks, "Today that sounds more like a group instead of a song". In the Iron Man cartoon, Hawkeye references the song while making fun of alien character Century, who apparently comes from a planet where everything said in a song is true. More recently, the phrase was used inwhen Cyclone Larry destroyed a large portion of Australia's banana crop, leading to a shortage for most of the year.
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