One man went to mow
is a fantastic song for little kiddywinks to exasperate tired parents. I mean when you get as far as "Thirty-nine men went to mow, went to mow a meadow, thirty-eight men, thirty-seven men, thirty-six men, thirty-five men,
Mum is having her second nervous breakdown and Dad has long vanished to the pub.
This very easy childish version that I learned either from my mother or at St. Stephen's School, Worcester is a far cry from the version entitled "One man shall mow my meadow" found in Cecil J. Sharp's 80 English Folk Songs
. In his notes Old Cecil says that it was popular and that he had even heard soldiers singing it. One day I fully intend to bring this more interesting version back to life.