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Swinging On A Star Lyrics

Artist: Bing Crosby
Album: Swinging On A Star

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


by Catherine Stojanov on 8/3/2008 4:26pm
My mother always sang this song to me when it was time to go to bed, we would sit on the stairs and I would stare in her face while she sang, we pretended we were sitting on a star, she was beautiful and so was her voice,I was almost 5 yrs. old I was in awe ofher beautiful face while she sang and now I am 68 and thinking of my mother. I would like toknow where to get this song.
by Ebeneezer Flyswitch on 8/28/2008 2:23pm
I used to bang my dog when Bing sang this., Then I got me a mule!
by BC on 9/9/2008 6:02pm
just remember it from that one tv show in the 80's, cant even remember the name of the show. it was with eve, and she had crazy alien powers. good stuff.
by Mary Ellen on 10/31/2008 4:24am
Hey Catherine Stojanov!

My mom used to sing me this song, too, while my little sister and I were getting our bath. It brought back lots of memories. I didn't know it was Bing Crosby who made it popular. I was about 5 yrs old as well. I'm 51. It's so nice to remember and hear this song now. I'm going to sing it to my great niece and pass along the tradition.

by brittany hadley on 12/14/2008 3:27pm
my mom and grandmother used to sing this song to me wile i was on the swing when i was little and scared of the dark it brings back memories
by Madalynn on 12/25/2008 12:15pm
I remember in Chorus class when I was in 5th grade, we sang this song... it was my favorite, and I still sing it to this day!
by debbie smith on 12/29/2008 8:43am
I love this song. i first heard it on Captain Kangaroo about 40 years ago.
by Dennis Moore on 1/15/2009 10:56am
I remember my mom singing this song, among others, while she stood at the kitchen sink washing dishes back in the 1950's when I wa a child. I believe it was also performed in a cartoon from back then too, though I can't remember which cartoon.
by Mum to Two Silly Children on 1/19/2009 12:30pm
I sing this to my children and make up funny nonsense verses. They laugh and giggle and think it is great fun.
by Lucy Brookes on 1/21/2009 7:09pm
My mum used to sing me to sleep to this song. I never knew it was so popular. Brought back amazing memories.
by lucy lovee on 2/25/2009 3:17pm
by Holli on 3/5/2009 9:09am
So glad I found these lyrics! I've been going on memory from childhood...I'm 28 but my mom used to sing it to me and her grandmother used to sing it to her. It's such a fun song, I've been trying to sing it to my son.
by wellcraft37 on 4/17/2009 10:07pm
this song was from the movie "going my way" I'm 58 and remember it from when I was a kid.
by vai tama no cu on 4/20/2009 8:56pm
filhos da puta
by Brian on 8/30/2009 10:28am
Good song, the only high point of 'Hudson Hawk.'
by Mary on 9/5/2009 7:44pm
I learned this song in the mid 60s at the neighbor children's where we used to make up skits and plays when I was young. I sang it to my children. My youngest daughter is 26 and she called me and asked me the words, so I sang it to her over the phone. Still one of my favorites!
by divaamg on 12/13/2009 8:37pm
Little Lulu!!
by Denise on 12/17/2009 7:23am
When I was a kid, I used to hear a re-make of this song on the radio and I loved it. Later in my life I heard other versions, but it didn't matter to me who was singing it, I just loved the song. It brings back very fond memories for me.
by HOLLY on 2/17/2010 7:40am
I love this song and i sing it with my mum. It makes us smile! I am 6
by Fran on 2/21/2010 5:32pm
I just started to sing this to my grandchildren tonight. Couldn't remember all the lyrics. Now I will make some fun memories for my grandchildren.
by wintercares24 on 5/30/2010 2:38pm
my mom sang this song to me and my siblings many years ago...she is 92 yrs old and i want to sing it to her...thanks for the lyrics
by Bob Monson on 6/19/2010 7:09am
At the tender age of 56 I still remember this song. I was introduced to it by cartoons I watched as a child. Can't remember which cartoon. I always knew Bing was the artist though. I miss him and a host of others, especially those who gave us those wonderful christmas TV specials.
by niamh on 7/3/2010 4:29pm
I love this song because anyway Ill sing it to you
by fran on 8/14/2010 5:49pm
I learned it from my mom & am now teaching it to my grandchildren! It stood the test of time!
by Cecily on 11/30/2010 4:55am
Such a light-hearted way to inspire kids toward their best character. Dad would sing this to me in the evenings on our front veranda before bedtime. I've sung this to my children and now my grandchildren and they have been just as intrigued and inspired. Thanks Dad :) One of my most treasuered memories and motivations. I'm 46.
by Not a Sheeple on 1/20/2011 2:45pm
I wish there was a sheep/"sheeple" verse.

"A sheep is an animal that goes with the flock.
No matter what, she believes all the talk"

Eh...can't think of how the rest would go...maybe the last two lines could be:

"But then if you don't like thinking thoughts that are deep...
You might grow up to be a sheep!"
by Jeannie on 2/8/2011 11:22pm
I had completely forgotten about this song until I heard Bing crooning it today on the Cirius/XM 40s channel, which I listen to when my 90-year-old dad is in the car with me. Bing made this song famous in the great old movie, "Going My Way" in which he plays a priest. I can't wait to start teaching it to my little granddaugters! Thank you for making all the lyrics available to us sentimental old fools. They don't make songs like this anymore!
by Kathy on 2/14/2011 4:18pm
I am 63 years old and remember my father singing "Swinging On A Star" to me when I was a little girl as well as "Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat Ivy". I sing it to my 3 grandchildren.
by Ronnie on 2/22/2011 2:27pm
My dad sang this to me as a child and through my life and my kids. I just read the comment by Kathy and the song she also talked about my dad sang to(mares eat oats). Both brought back really good memmories. I am 58 and my dad just died at age 83. Thank you
by Judy on 4/5/2011 10:38am
I sang this to my baby sister and now I am singing it to my granddaughter that looks just like my baby sister. They both LOVE it!!!
by rihhana on 4/12/2011 2:58pm
This is so stupid i am taking my singing of off here thats it!
by sian on 5/8/2011 6:06am
im glad i found this song as im going to sing it for a pastitme show at the end of june, like many others before me it brings back memories for me too. love the nonsense verses fantastic
by Fat Chance on 2/12/2012 7:26pm
My mother loved Bing Crosby and when his movies were on tv a lot in the 50's and that is what we watched. I grew up a fan and marveled at his singing style so smooth and easy.I still sing them from Swing on a Star to Tura ra Tura Loora (sp)
by Carol Smith on 3/26/2012 4:30pm
Heard it as a child, loved it then, sang it to my beautiful graddaughters, still love it today! Saw the movie "Going My Way" yesterday..why can't movies and songs be this great? I'm 71.
by Angela on 5/14/2012 5:35pm
I loved this song when it was the theme tune for the tv programme Out of this World in the early 90's, it popped back into my head the other day and I haven't stopped singing it, even got my 6 year old singing away when she thinks I'm not listening, hopefully she to will sing it to her kids too, brilliant song and brilliant lyrics for catching kids attention.
by Vivien on 6/6/2012 4:49am
I remembe this song being sang most of my life but can't remember when it came out. I
Am 72 what year was it written?
by Angela on 6/18/2012 3:01pm
It was written for the movie staring Bing Crosbie, Going my way in 1944 and won an award that year too
by SHARON PONCIROLI on 10/3/2012 8:22pm
by maxine bealer on 1/18/2013 8:25am
Could someone please send me the lyrics to the song, Swinging on a Star. would really love to have to to have them. The two of us have forgotten some of the words. I would be so grateful to have them.

maxine bealer @ Many thanks in advance.
by Kathryn Gabriel on 5/28/2013 4:22am
I used to sing Swinging on a Star to my 3 sons while they took turns standing on my feet, holding my hands and we would dance around - they loved it. Imagine how I felt last year when my 51 year old son tried to do the smae thing with his 10 month old grand nephew, but he wasn't old enough at 10 months old to stay on his feet, but I bet he will try again when they come to visit, now that the child is almost two. It touched me deeply that he still remembered after all these years. Thanks for making lyrics available. I enjoyed so much the other submitted comments. I thought I was the only one that had such wonderful memories of that song.
by Pat Wilson on 8/14/2013 8:33pm
My daughter did a song and dance routine in her estedfiord many years ago .Very cute
by janet on 1/3/2014 6:29pm
every once in awhile when my dad would sit at the kitchen table I would catch humming and singing a little tune from this song then he woukd catch me looking at him and he would smile and sort of laugh and that always made me laugh too
by janet on 1/3/2014 6:33pm
every once in awhile when my dad would sit at the kitchen table I would catch him humming and singing a little tune from this song then he woukd catch me looking at him and he would smile and sort of laugh and that always made me laugh too
by Tee on 1/14/2014 6:46pm
My mom sang this to me. Forgot about it until I saw Salford and son tonight. Lol

Rip Mom... R. I. P. TOO :-)
by dolores dulaney on 6/14/2014 7:38am
rihhana.....lets many commented back ...oh no ri..don't take your music off!!!!
by Joyce White on 9/4/2015 7:46pm
My aunt used to sing it to me when I was very little. I can still remember it and I am 74.

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