Showing my age, but actually a novelty song by Shirley Ellis from 1964
[quote]The name game!
Shirley, Shirley bo Birley Bonana fanna fo Firley
Fee fy mo Mirley, Shirley!
Lincoln, Lincoln bo Bincoln Bonana fanna fo Fincoln
Fee fy mo Mincoln, Lincoln!
Come on everybody!
I say now let’s play a game
I betcha I can make a rhyme out of anybody’s name
The first letter of the name, I treat it like it wasn’t there
But a B or an F or an M will appear
And then I say bo add a B then I say the name and Bonana fanna and a
And then I say the name again with an F very plain
and a fee fy and a mo
And then I say the name again with an M this time
and there isn’t any name that I can’t rhyme
Arnold, Arnold bo Barnold Bonana fanna fo Farnold
Fee fy mo Marnold Arnold!
But if the first two letters are ever the same,
I drop them both and say the name like
Bob, Bob drop the B’s Bo ob
For Fred, Fred drop the F’s Fo red
For Mary, Mary drop the M’s Mo ary
That’s the only rule that is contrary.
Okay? Now say Bo: Bo
Now Tony with a B: Bony
Then Bonana fanna fo: bonana fanna fo
Then you say the name again with an F very plain: Fony
Then a fee fy and a mo: fee fy mo
Then you say the name again with an M this time: Mony
And there isn’t any name that you can’t rhyme
Every body do Tony!
Pretty good, let’s do Billy!
Very good, let’s do Marsha!
A little trick with Nick!
The name game[/quote]
I was JUST talking with my friends about this very rhyme tonight. We were wondering if it is a local, or Canadian thing… or is this little rhyme thing known by kids worldwide. By the looks of it, it may not have even made the States? Who here learned this when they were a kid and who didn’t? Please state where you are from too! I’m curious. Thanks.
I’m from Canada. I learned it when I was a kid from an episode of SCTV, where a guy picks up a hitcher who trys to get rid of the boredom by singing that song, and then beats up the driver for singing it with “Chuck”. SCTV was half Canadian, half American…so who knows where it comes from.
Please. We all knew it as kids and loved doing our friends’ names with it…the best ones are Annie, Chuck, and Mitch. The song was written by an American if my memory serves me right so there goes that theory. As a matter of fact, I have the song in mp3 format. A co-worker asked me to burn a class song CD for her a few years ago so I still have her songs on my media player. If it helps you all feel more validated, she was Canadian.
I prefer to sing the Wibbley-Wobbley song with my young students now - “Wibbley-wobbley Worge, an elephant sat on George. Wibbley-wobbley Wank, an elephant sat on Frank.”