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Classic Music Spotlight (#1): Bing Crosby – “Swinging on a Star”

Classic Music Spotlight

Classic Music Spotlight is part of Vortex Effect’s Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s. This week, the musical spotlight shines on the Bing Crosby classic, “Swinging on a Star.”

Smith’s Sentiment: Released in 1944, “Swinging on a Star” was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke. The song was first performed by Bing Crosby and released in the musical film Going My Way (1944 starring Bing Crosby). The song took home an Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Swing on a Star” has been covered many times, including the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. It was also sung by Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello in the 1991 action comedy Hudson Hawk.

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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I'm Gary Smith, aka "PatriotPaine." I'm the Editor-in-Chief of VortexEffect.net. I'm usually posting news and reviews, and doing all the back end stuff as well. I like to play games, watch movies, wrestling, and college football (Roll Tide Roll).
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