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Lyr Req: Swinging on a Star

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SWINGING ON A STAR
SWINGING ON A STAR
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE GUITAR?


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llouie@acadiacom.net 04 Nov 96 - 02:19 PM
stephens@execpc.com 04 Nov 96 - 06:39 PM
Bill 05 Nov 96 - 02:47 AM
alarose@ncwc.edu 12 Nov 96 - 08:29 AM
dick greenhaus 12 Nov 96 - 05:56 PM
19 Nov 96 - 07:53 PM
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Subject: Lyrics, please
From: llouie@acadiacom.net
Date: 04 Nov 96 - 02:19 PM

Can you find the lyrics to the old song entitled: "Would You Like to Swing On a Star?", by Eddie Van Husen? I have been looking for a long time for this recording without success. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics, please
From: stephens@execpc.com
Date: 04 Nov 96 - 06:39 PM

Well, we have come up with what we think is the first verse, but there are several more. This is from memory-- yes, a few of us have been around long enough to actually remember some of these first hand! Here we go: "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 can't write his name or read a book. 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!" Then I believe there are verses about a pig and a fish, maybe even more.

Did Bing Crosby sing this in one of his "priest movies" while Barry Fitzgerald looked on benevolently? We may think of more verses later and will keep our eye on other responses, too.

Regards.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics, please
From: Bill
Date: 05 Nov 96 - 02:47 AM

Dave Van Ronk has an interesting recording of this song out there from several years ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics, please
From: alarose@ncwc.edu
Date: 12 Nov 96 - 08:29 AM

I think the lyrics given above combine several verses and the chorus.

Cho:

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 can be swinging on a star.

[Not quite sure where this fits in:]

Or would you rather swing on a star,
Carry moonbeams home in a jar,
And be better off than you are,
Or would you rather be a (mule, pig, fish)

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,
So if you don't...........go to school,
You may grow up to be a mule.

Cho.
Or would you...

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 just plain lazy, and extremely rude,
So if you don't care a feather for a fig,
You may grow up to be a pig.

Cho.
Or would you..

A fish is an animal that swims in a brook.
He can't write his name or read a book.
..............
..............
..............
You may grow up to be a fish.

And all the monkeys...


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Subject: RE: Lyrics, please
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 12 Nov 96 - 05:56 PM

thanx much for the lyrics. All contributions greedily accepted.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics, please
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Date: 19 Nov 96 - 07:53 PM

But the composer was JIMMY Van Heusen!

The lyricist was Johnny Burke, the "Irish Poet".

-Tom


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