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Re: Slow boat to china

Posted by Word Camel on March 19, 2002

In Reply to: Slow boat to china posted by 337 on March 19, 2002

: I've often heard the phrase 'slow boat to china' and I wondering abouts its origin

I'm not sure of if this is the origin, but there is a jazz song with they phrase as part of they lyrics:

On A Slow Boat To China
Kay Kyser
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

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I'd love to get you
On a slow boat to China,
All to myself alone.
Get you to keep you in my arms evermore,
Leave all your lovers (lovelies)
Weeping on the faraway shore.

Out on the briny
With the moon big and shiny,
Melting your heart of stone.
I'd love to get you
On a slow boat to China,
All to myself alone.

My mother used to sing them around the house :)