As I Was Going to St. Ives

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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..

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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".

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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.

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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.

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Samantha, United States

10 October 2010 at 4:06pm

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

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Mark, Kentucky

1 September 2010 at 7:24pm

The answer, of course, is one.

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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.

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Joline, Cardiff Great Britain

4 May 2010 at 11:58am

i think its great

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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

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Terrence, United States

24 April 2010 at 5:22pm

i love this song!.lol

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Wht-zis-name, Redwall

16 September 2009 at 7:49pm

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

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

18 August 2009 at 5:32am

That's a joke, not a song!

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Shana, Plymouth

5 July 2009 at 6:42pm

ithink that is funny

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