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Slow Boat to China

This song is by John Prine and appears on the album Aimless Love (1984).

Let's take a slow boat to China, leave from South Carolina
Let's take our time and go the long way
On a junk boat to Thailand with your hand in my hand
I sure hope we got something to say

Well, this old boat's go no sail
So won't you please hold our mail, for awhile
Thanks anyway pal
But the Suez Canal ain't our style

Let's take a slow boat to China and maybe we'll find a
New way to play those same old games
The stars just might show us and the captain will know us
Shake our hands and call us by our first names

We'll send a postcard to grandpa
Of a vase or rickshaw, he don't care
We'll buy Mom a kimono
Or maybe we'll just phone her, when we're there

We'll drink sake at night
Beneath the soft harbor lights, on the bay
We'll build house on the hill
Next to Shangri-Li Bill, and we'll stay

Let's take that slow boat to China (Let's go)
Slow boat to China (Real slow)
Slow boat to China (Let's go)
Slow boat to China (Real slow)
Let's go real slow...

Written by:

John Prine; Bobby Whitlock; Linda Whitlock

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