So I was helping Melody and Emily eat their breakfast one Saturday morning (slices of banana being on the menu) and sang them a couple of old choir songs. One of them was the Chiquita Banana Song. Emily loved the pie-E (or pie-aye) part and the “no, no, no” at the end of the song. Now every time I start up singing the song, they’ll say pie-E or “no, no, no” before I even get to the part. Too funny!
There are multiple videos on YouTube of choirs and commercials doing the song differently and some with different lyrics. On the actual Chiquita brand site, they have a page devoted to this jingle. It was written in 1945 and the lyrics updated in 1999 according to the site.
The “Chiquita Banana” Song
Lyrics by: Garth Montgomery, Music by: Len MacKenzie (Garth’s co-worker), Recorded by: Patti Clayton
I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say – Bananas have to ripen in a certain way- When they are fleck’d with brown and have a golden hue – Bananas taste the best and are best for you – You can put them in a salad – You can put them in a pie-aye – Any way you want to eat them – It’s impossible to beat them – But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator – So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator (no, no, no!)
© 1945 Shawnee Press Inc. under license to Chiquita Brands International, Inc.