In all fairness to Bing, he didn’t write this song – Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke did. But since he’s the one that sings it, he gets the prize here.
Because for all the “Swinging on a Star” is a cheerful, upbeat sort of a song with a worthwhile message (albeit expressed in somewhat tortured metaphors and the occasional rhyme that reaches too far), I find myself somewhat distressed by the two lines I’ve singled out above.
Because what is supposed to be a warning sounds a little too much like a curse just here. And hey, who wants to be a mule, a pig, a fish or a monkey anyway? (Okay, maybe a space monkey, but not the others.) This is a terrible thing to sing to children, but that’s just what Bing does.