One Man Went To Mow

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1- One man went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
One man and his dog
Went to mow a meadow.
2- Two men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Two men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.

3- Three men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Three men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.
4- Four men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Four men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.

5- Five men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Five men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.
6- Six men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Six men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.

7- Seven men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Seven men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.
8- Eight men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Eight men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.

9- Nine men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Nine men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.
10- Ten men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow;
Ten men and their dogs
Went to mow a meadow.

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Information About One Man Went To Mow

One man went to mow is a traditional counting song for children. Typically sung up to ten men going to mow a meadow, it is usually sung with increasing speed. It is often accompanied by a variety of different arm/ hand actions.

The shorter version is frequently used to teach children to count backwards (ten men through to one man and his dog). In some versions, the aside 'Spot' is added after 'and his dog'. Others add 'Wuff' at this point.

Unfortunately, the origins of One man went to mow are unknown. Like many other traditional English songs and nursery rhymes for children, both lyrics and music are typically listed as written by 'anon. / traditional'.

Popular on children's radio during the 1980s, the song was recorded as part of a nursery rhyme/children's song collection by Wally Whyton.

It was his recording that was taken on a bus to Sweden by legendary Chelsea FC supporter Mick Greenaway in 1981, leading to One man went to mow being adopted as a favourite football song by the club's supporters.

The song reappeared as a kids' counting song on the 'Twins' 2003 album 'Singing In The Twins Wonderland, Vol. 1' and is still used in many playgroups and primary schools to teach children to count today.

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This version only goes up to No. 4

One man went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
One man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow
Two men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
Two men, one man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow
Three men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
Three men, two men, one man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow
Four men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
Four men, three men, two men, one man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow
Went to mow a meadow.

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subanal, Jamaica

26 November 2016 at 11:56pm

gaCpZT You are my function models. Many thanks for your post

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Jonathan, Cook Islands

24 October 2016 at 7:15am

A big thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Will read on...

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Liane willoughby, Australia

2 March 2016 at 10:28am

All l could ever sing ... Get ready .. One man went to mow ,went to mow a meadow. ... And that's all this Ol' mind of mind had to go on . And on ha ha l still made a song out of it and always wondered where did it come from .. Did l make it up.. Ha ha no silly me it's the real deal so much more to sing for all to listen thank you for S. O. S. Ha he

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Richard Spencer, United Kingdom

18 December 2014 at 10:02pm

The version we used to sing in the Scouts went: One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow, one man and his dog Spot, a bottle of pop, a sausage roll, a Wall`s ice cream, changed at the Bank for Golders Green, Old Mother Riley had a cow, tried to milk it didn't know how, went to mow a meadow! There were of course several ways of singing this - I will leave it to readers to imagine how!

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Beckie, United Kingdom

18 June 2014 at 11:12pm

This is the version I remember: "One man went to mow went to mow a meadow, one man and his dog Spot, a bottle of pop, old Mother Irene and her cow, went to mow a meadow."

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Afonso, Angola

22 May 2013 at 6:22am

OMG best, I no stop to singing.

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Afonso, Angola

22 May 2013 at 6:13am

thanks.

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Ella, United Kingdom

23 April 2012 at 5:22pm

OMG best lyrics ever do go on it love it if you are called holly that is my big sisters name and also my cosan.

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Ella, United Kingdom

23 April 2012 at 5:18pm

OMG best lyrics ever do go on it

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Malc, United Kingdom

10 April 2012 at 9:06pm

One man went to mow went to mow a medow, one man and his dog Spot and a sausage rolel went to mow a medow.

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John Stitch, Nepal

19 August 2011 at 2:35pm

I'm non stop dancing to this fantastic song right now... and forever (hence non-stop... what? hey, everybody has to have a profession and mine is a non-stop dancer... just ask Derek or Clive).

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Delia, Uganda

3 March 2011 at 12:34pm

I love this song too its awsome .. coz i actually went to mow a medow before n i loved it ....

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Titch, United Kingdom

29 September 2010 at 12:46pm

me too and im 16 omg omg omg!

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Holly, United Kingdom

29 September 2010 at 12:46pm

OMG the most amazing nursery song in the WORLD i sing this song every day and i am 16 x

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Titch, United Kingdom

29 September 2010 at 12:44pm

omg this is the most amazing song ever!

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