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Re: Slow boat to china

Posted by James Briggs on March 19, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Slow boat to china posted by Word Camel 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 :)

Jo Stafford gave the very best version!