Minor Complication: Shirley Ellis’ Name Game

In her quaint hit song The Name Game — you know, the one that goes “Shirley! Shirley, Shirley, Bo Birley / Bonana, Fanna, Fo Firley / Fee, Fy, Mo Mirley / Shirley!” — Shirley Ellis says, (and I quote,) “And there isn’t any name that you can’t rhyme.”

 

There isn’t ANY name that you can’t rhyme?! Are you sure, Shirley? Because what if your name is really complicated? Like, what if my parents named me Bonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo? What if that’s my name? How do I play The Name Game if that’s my name? Is it impossible? Wow! What a name! What do I do?

 

Relax for a second! There’s no need for distress! I’m here to help you. No, Shirley Ellis didn’t forsake you. She said in her inspired text that “there isn’t any name that you can’t rhyme.” (Game 5:7) so fret not, for in her song lies the truth.

 

If your name were Bonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo, your Name Game would be played something like:

 

Bonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo! <-- (That's your name!)

 

Bonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo,
Bonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo,
Bo Onana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo
Bonana, fanna, Fo Fonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo
Fee, fy, mo Monana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo

 

Bonana Fanna Fo Fee Fy Bo! <-- (That's your name again and we're done!!)

 

 

[c] 2003 & 2009 Russ of America

 

 

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