Would you like to swing on a star? I could make this post with just the words of the song cause they’ll work wonderful!
Originally written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke and sung by Bing Crosby with the St Mitchell Boys Choir in the movie Going My Way, this beautiful song is like a piano fable. But nothing can match Danny Aiello’s great voice alongside Bruce Willis’ playful mood and the contradiction between the “You can be better than you are” tagline of the song and the thief motif from Hudson Hawk. Oh, but what am I doing, philosophic around this great piece of Friday Break? Just enjoy! (and sing along, if you wish, you have the words right after the jump, as well as Bing Crosby’s original Swinging on a Star!)
Bing Crosby – 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 / 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 fish
A fish is an animal what swims in a brook / He cant 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
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 /
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”
Oh yes, I would like to swing on a star!
(I love both films!!)
Hudson Hawk was a horrid film but it was and is a good piece of cheese. The song is cute and charming, both versions. : )
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