|Published 1948||Writer(s) Frank Loesser|
"(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China" is a popular song by Frank Loesser, published in 1948.
The song is a well-known pop standard, recorded by many artists, including a duet between Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni James, Jimmy Buffett, Fats Domino and Liza Minnelli.
In the UK, the biggest hit version was recorded by Emile Ford and the Checkmates peaking at #3 in the official singles chart.
Bette Midler and Barry Manilow recorded the song for Midler's album Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook (2003).
Miss Piggy performed the song with actor Roger Moore an episode of The Muppet Show.
Paul McCartney sang this song to honor Frank Loesser.
Memorable first verse
The song opens with the memorable first verse:-I'd love to get you on a slow boat to China All to myself, alone. Get you and keep you in my arms evermore, Leave all your lovers weeping on the far away shore.
Frank Loesser's daughter, Susan Loesser, authored a biography of her father, A Most Remarkable Fella (1993), in which she writes:
The idea being that a "slow boat to China" was the longest trip one could imagine. Loesser moved the phrase to a more romantic setting, yet it eventually entered general parlance to mean anything that takes an extremely long time.
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