Swinging on a Star

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Johnny Burke
James Van Heusen
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Bing Crosby

Rather be a mule?

Der Bingle inadvertently inspired this song during a dinner party that included Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen. One of Bing’s children acted up and he berated the boy, comparing him to a mule. Burke fashioned that idea into a song the next day and the phrase “...or would you rather be a mule?” was born.

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