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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke

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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

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's 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

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 all the people is his only thought / 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

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 swingin' on a star!

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from Music in the Moonlight, released December 15, 2015

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Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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