Swinging On A Star
Words:Johnny Burke
Music:Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed By:  Bing Crosby (1944), Frank Sinatra
Copyright:Unknown
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Recorded by Bing Crosby*, 1944 (#1 for 9 weeks)
From the 1944 movie "Going My Way," Academy Award Winner, Best Song


F7         E7                A7
Would you like to swing on a star? 

        D7                 G     F7
Carry moonbeams home in a jar? 

         E7                A7   D7
And be better off than you are 

                         G
Or would you rather be a mule? 


   G         C            G          C
A mule is an animal with long funny ears,

G            C           G        Em7
Kicks up at anything he hears. 

     A7                      D 
His back is brawny but his brain is weak, 

      Em7         A7            D       D7 
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak. 

            G            C              G    F7    E7   Am7
And by the way, if you hate to go to school, 

             D7          G
You may grow up to be a mule. 


   F7         E7                A7
Or would you like to swing on a star? 

       D7                  G     F7
Carry moonbeams home in a jar? 

        E7                 A7   D7
And be better off than you are 

                          G
Or would you rather be a pig? 


   G         C            G          C
A pig is an animal with dirt on his face; 

     G            C          G        Em7
His shoes are a terrible disgrace. 

    A7                     D
He has no manners when he eats his food, 

     Em7      A7       D         D7
He's fat and lazy and extremely rude; 

            G            C            G   F7   E7   Am7
But if you don't care a feather or a fig, 

             D7          G
You may grow up to be a pig.
 

    F7         E7                A7
Or would you like to swing on a star? 

      D7                   G     F7
Carry moonbeams home in a jar? 

        E7                 A7   D7
And be better off than you are 

                          G
Or would you rather be a fish? 


   G              C            G          C
A fish won't do anything, but swim in a brook; 

     G              C              G        Em7
He can't write his name or read a book. 

    A7                     D
To fool the people is his only thought, 

     Em7         A7            D         D7
And though he's slippery, he still gets caught; 

             G            C                G    F7    E7   Am7
But then if that sort of life is what you wish, 

             D7          G
You may grow up to be a fish.
 

    F7       E7                   A7
And all the monkeys aren't in the zoo; 

       D7                   G     F7
Every day you meet quite a few. 

        E7                 A7   D7
So you see it's all up to you -- 

                            G   G/F#  Em   A7
You can be better than you are, 

              D7            G
You could be swingin' on a star.



Crosby's version of this song, which remained on the charts for a full 28 
weeks after being recorded in February of that year, featured backup 
vocals by a group called The Williams Brothers. The high tenor of that 
group was a then-13-year-old who went on to have a reasonably successful 
career as a solo singer. His name is Andy.
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