"Swingin' On a Star" as written by and James Van Heusen Johnny Burke....
Writer(s): burke/van heusen


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
He kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny - and 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

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 ain't got 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

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
And to fool the people is his only thought
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

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



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"Swingin on a Star" as written by Jimmy Heusen-van Johnny Burke

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    General CommentI sang this in chorus in junior high school. It's a funny lil song. I can probably still sing it, if I remembered all the words--but duh, that's what this site is for! lol! ok i'm done being an airhead now.
    zacsteron April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentClever title. Shame its not a proper love song, could have been really potential.
    ganz108on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou can be better than you are
    missy773on January 03, 2008   Link

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