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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Name Game ... Gretchen

In 1965 a song for rhyming names was a hit.
No matter how unusual the name, it always fit.
All the teens sang along including the fellas.
It was written and performed by Shirley Ellis.

I am forever doing these silly little rhymes.
Even did one right around Christmastime.
And in that rhyme I mentioned Gretchen.
A woman most folks consider quite fetchin'.

A gauntlet was laid down by Gretchen.
Words for this challenge sent my brain stretchin'.
Obsessed I became to rhyme words with Gretchen.
I rhymed while I cleaned and worked in the kitchen.

She inspires us each week to write our Spin.
She puts her nativity next to bourbon and gin.
She hails from Texas a fact I must mention. 
He folks with love gave her the name of Gretchen.

Gretchen, Gretchen bo bretchen,
Bonana, fanna fo Fretchen, 
Fee fy mo Mretchen.

Excerpt of instructions for how to play The Name Game!
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

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