Mele Fong and her husband Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders – sing and play the Medley: Chinatown, My Chinatown and Slow Boat to China on ‘ukulele and u-bass over photos of a trip to China in 2002 and a trip to Taiwan in 2007 (words below). #playuke #ukulelepop
Mele’s arrangement of this medley is in F with Latin Strum and I Wanna Chuck Strum for ‘ukulele.
This medley combines two popular songs in English about China. Chinatown, My Chinatown was written in 1906 by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz and is considered an early jazz standard. (I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China was written in 1948 by Frank Loesser and meant anything worthwhile takes a very long time (especially in a romantic sense).
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Chinatown, my Chinatown, where the lights are low
Hearts that know no other land, drifting to and fro.
Dreamy, dreamy Chinatown, almond eyes of brown
Hearts seem light and life seems bright in dreamy Chinatown.
(Repeat verse 4 times and then last line)
In dreamy China, dreamy China, dreamy Chinatown.
I’d like to get you on a slow boat to China
All to myself a lone
Get you and keep you in my arms evermore
Leave all your lovers weeping on the faraway shore.
Out on the briny with the moon big and shiny
Melting your heart of stone
I’ve love to get you on a slow boat to China
All to myself alone.
(Repeat song 4 times and then last line)
All to myself, with nobody else, all to myself alone.