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Swinging On A Star
Bing Crosby Lyrics


Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He's fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don't care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish

A fish won't do anything, but swim in a brook
He can't write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he's slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped up slippery fish

And all the monkeys aren't in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So you see it's all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin' on a star

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Written by: Johnny Burke, Jimmy Heusen-van

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Porky Minch

Here is the lyrics for you!

Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny - but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a - stubborn streak

And by the way if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He's fat and lazy - and extremely rude

But if you don't care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish

A fish won't do anything but swim in a brook
He can't write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he slippery - he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped up slippery fish

And all the monkeys aren't in a zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So you see it's all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swinging on a star



Mikheil Tsikhelashvili

The Line (From movie Paterson)

There’s an old song
my grandfather used to sing
that has the question,
“Or would you rather be a fish?”
In the same song
is the same question
but with a mule and a pig,
but the one I hear sometimes
in my head is the fish one.
Just that one line.
Would you rather be a fish?
As if the rest of the song
didn’t have to be there.



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Jtclopez

My dad would sing this song to me when I was very young until I learned the lyrics. When I was of school age we sang it together at a talent show. My dad has recently passed at nearly 90 years of age and this Memory takes me way back to the good ole days. 💕

TK7

R.I.P.

c. j. macq

i was a very sickly child and my mom used to sing this to me at night to get me to sleep. i still wanna "swing on a star."

richard courchene

very sorry for your loss.

Belinda Baudouy

I was born in Hong Kong in 1940 of English parents, and just before Hong Kong fell to the Japanese in late 1940 my mother and I were evacuated to New Zealand.  Before the war ended, due to concerns about the whole Pacific region being overcome, we were again moved in a shipping convoy back to the UK.  As a four year old I remember this song being used as entertainment on the ship, and from then 'till now have never heard it again.  I have often sung the words and always finished with the phrase "or would you rather be a fish?"  I don't remember the mule or the pig being involved but the fish must have really caught my fascination.

Dr_JimCat

Good geography!!!

I am a historian and I know all about what you were through!

dem!

I really hope whoever wrote this comment is doing well.

Astra Luna

I hope to god your stories are well documented. It’s so very important that they are.

White Guy

@Hey_ Joe He's not the hiveminds we call governments, he's an individual.

Johann Küster

I love stories like this

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