Numbers index

Songs using numbers


Words for numbers --- English --- French and German --- Songs --- Counting sheep

There are various songs and rhymes based round numbers. People seem to enjoy the sound and patterns of the numbers.

This nursery rhyme teaches very young children their numbers.

One, two, three, four, five
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.


This song is enjoyed by children. Adults on the other hand get bored with it after a bit!

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall.
Ten green bottles hanging on the wall.
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
There'd be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.

Nine green bottles hanging on the wall.
Nine green bottles hanging on the wall.
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
There'd be eight green bottles hanging on the wall.

Eight green bottles hanging on the wall. etc.


This song is can go on as long as the singer wants.

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... etc. etc. etc!


A choosing song, to choose, for example, It for a game of Tag. The children stand in a circle, facing inwards, with their clenched fists in front, thumbs uppermost. One child chants the song and thumps a fist round the circle of fists, one thump per number, and touching his own chin to represent the fist that's doing the counting. At the 'MORE', that fist is tucked behind the back. The count continues. When both fists are behind the back, the child drops out. Eventually only one fist from any child is left, so that child is selected.

One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four,
Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes, MORE!


A favourite Christmas carol.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


A mysterious song, with mixed imagery.

I'll sing you one, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your one, O?
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you two, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your two, O?
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you three, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your three, O?
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you fou, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your fou, O?
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you five, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your five, O?
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you six, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your six, O?
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you seven, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your seven, O?
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you eight, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your eight, O?
Eight for the April rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you nine, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your nine, O?
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you ten, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your ten, O?
Ten for the ten commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you eleven, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your eleven, O?
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven,
Ten for the ten commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

I'll sing you twelve, O,
Green grow the rushes, O.
What are your twelve, O?
Twelve for the twelve Apostles,
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven,
Ten for the ten commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, lily-white boys,
Clothèd all in green, O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.