As I Was Going to St. Ives

Song Video


As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives.
Every wife had seven sacks,
Every sack had seven cats,
Every cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?
One... only you are going to St. Ives.
The multitude that you meet are going the other way..

This song was originally posted at:

  • Send to a
  • Link to

    Link to this song from your website or blog:


Information About As I Was Going to St. Ives

"As I was going to St Ives" is a traditional English nursery rhyme and is believed to have been published in the 1730s. It is generally thought that the rhyme refers to St Ives, Cornwall although St Ives, Cambridgeshire is also a plausible destination.

The riddle presented by the rhyme quite possibly dates to around 1650 BC where a similar mathematical riddle can be found in the Egyptian "Rhind Mathematical Papyrus".

Listen to this song's music


Vote Down Vote Up

free pron, Kuwait

4 March 2017 at 5:30pm

4TScUg Muchos Gracias for your blog article.Much thanks again. Want more.

Vote Down Vote Up

Clint, Cook Islands

24 October 2016 at 9:00am

Im obliged for the blog post.Really thank you! Will read on...

Vote Down Vote Up

Adam, United States

13 July 2014 at 11:29pm

Isn't the answer most likely zero? The poem/song/riddle ends "kits, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives?" Said another way "How many kits, cats, sacks and wives were going to St. Ives?" If the question is limited to the group referred to above and only the narrator is going to St. Ives then the answer is zero.

Vote Down Vote Up

Millie, United Kingdom

20 October 2011 at 7:22pm

hiya .I think that was fab. But it as more like a riddle than a song. Or a joke.

Vote Down Vote Up

Samantha, United States

10 October 2010 at 4:06pm

Well of course it's really just a riddle, but cute all the same.

Vote Down Vote Up

Mark, Kentucky

1 September 2010 at 7:24pm

The answer, of course, is one.

Vote Down Vote Up

Kelly, Cardiff Gb

4 May 2010 at 12:02pm

i think it was quite a godd song but it was more of a riddle or a joke.but it was very good so keep writing your rhymes because they are very good.

Vote Down Vote Up

Joline, Cardiff Great Britain

4 May 2010 at 11:58am

i think its great

Vote Down Vote Up

Dezirea, United States

24 April 2010 at 5:29pm

i love that song! it is a riddle tell her that i said hi you to lol bye

Vote Down Vote Up

Terrence, United States

24 April 2010 at 5:22pm

i love this song!.lol

Vote Down Vote Up

Wht-zis-name, Redwall

16 September 2009 at 7:49pm

I love this song. But, it is more of a riddle isn't it?

Vote Down Vote Up

Zachary, Port Orchard, Wa, Usa (near Seattle, Sort Of)

18 August 2009 at 5:32am

That's a joke, not a song!

Vote Down Vote Up

Shana, Plymouth

5 July 2009 at 6:42pm

ithink that is funny

Leave a Comment

This song has been printed from the website.