Frank Loesser

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Frank Henry Loesser (June 29, 1910, New York City – July 26, 1969, New York City) was an American composer and lyricist.


  • I love you,
    A bushel and a peck,
    A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
    Hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap,
    Barrel and a heap and I'm talking in my sleep.
    • Song A Bushel and a Peck.
  • 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.
    • Song On a Slow Boat to China.
  • Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
    And we'll all stay free.

    Praise the Lord and swing into position
    Can't afford to sit around a-wishin'
    Praise the Lord, we're all between perdition
    And the deep blue sea.
    • Song Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
  • I've got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle,
    As I go riding merrily along.
    And they sing, "Oh, ain't you glad you're single?"
    And that song ain't so very far from wrong.
    • Song Jingle, Jangle, Jingle.
  • The producer orders a certain title.
    The musical director orders a certain rhythm.
    The dance director orders a certain number of bars.
    And the composer orders a certain number... of aspirin.
    [on working in Hollywood]
    • Reported by musician Michael Feinstein, transcript of Fresh Air Celebrates Frank Loesser's 100th Birthday, Fresh Air 

The Ballad of Rodger Young[edit]

  • No, they've got no time for glory in the Infantry.
    No, they've got no use for praises loudly sung,
    But in every soldier's heart in all the Infantry
    Shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young.
  • On the island of New Georgia in the Solomons,
    Stands a simple wooden cross alone to tell
    That beneath the silent coral of the Solomons,
    Sleeps a man, sleeps a man remembered well.

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