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Swinging On A Star ???



Songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen was at Crosby’s house one evening for dinner, and to discuss a song for the film project Going My Way. During the meal, one of the children began complaining about how he did not want to go to school the next day. The singer turned to his son and said to him, "If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule." Van Heusen thought this clever rebuke would make a good song for the film.  He pictured Crosby, who played a priest, talking to a group of children acting much the same way as his own child had acted that night. Van Heusen took the idea to his partner lyrcist Johnny Burke, who approved. They wrote the song.

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"Swinging on a Star" is an American pop standard with music composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by  Johnny Burke. It was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, winning an Acadeny Award for Best Original Song that year, and has been recorded by numerous artists since then. In 2004 it finished at #37 in AFI's 100 Years - 100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.



           


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