"Swinging On A Star" as written by and James Van Heusen Johnny Burke....
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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"Swinging on a Star" as written by Jimmy Heusen-van Johnny Burke

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    General CommentThe song is posing the question what sort of person would you rarther be a "fish who cant write his name or read a book" or "Would you rarther swing on a star" "become better off than you are". Bing is saying what would you rarther be foolish or Famous.
    Tony_P 5000on August 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dont think it has to do with being famous.
    But rather just improving your self and being all that you can be.(nevermind the army quote)

    most of that represents normal day people and their actions.
    MevilDaygoon February 14, 2011   Link

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