Song of the Week: Swinging on a Star


This song always brings me back to my childhood. Not because I was around when Bing Crosby sang the original in 1944, but because it reminds me of one of my favorite television shows in the 80′s: “Out of this World.” Do you remember that show? I watched a couple clips on YouTube this morning and it all seems so silly now, but back then I thought the idea of a half-alien girl with super powers was the coolest thing.


(Volume is a little low on this video, fyi.)

While not one of the sillier animal songs, I still like to sing “Swinging on a Star” with the munchkin. He’s entertained by all the animals and the upbeat melody, while I’m entertained by the clever language. Win-win.

Swinging on a Star

Oh 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 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

Oh 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

Oh 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 if then that sort of life is what you wish
you may grow up to be a fish

And all the monkeys aren’t in the zoo
everyday you see quite a few
so you see it’s all up to you,
you could be better than you are
you could be swinging on a star


(I couldn’t resist including Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version too… it’s hard to pick a favorite. Crosby or Sinatra?)

Image credit: Sharon Bean