One Man Shall Mow My Meadow

DESCRIPTION: Singer states that various numbers of men shall mow her meadow and gather it together, as well as shear her sheep. The song is cumulative, hypnotic, and loaded with symbolism.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Reeves-Circle)
KEYWORDS: cumulative nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Sharp-100E 100, "One Man Shall Mow My Meadow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, p. 288, "Mowing Down the Meadow" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 280)
Kennedy 291, "The Counting Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-Circle 100, "One Man Shall Mow My Meadow" (1 text)
Creighton-NovaScotia 90, "Me One Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, ONEMANMW
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928, notes to #218, ("One man shall mow my meadow") (1 text)
Maud Karpeles, _Folk Songs of Europe_, Oak, 1956, 1964, p. 50, "One Man Shall Mow My Meadow" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #143
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Mower" (imagery)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Me One Man
Mowing Down the Meadow
One Man Shall Shear My Wethers
NOTES: It's hard to decide whether there's a ritual element here, or whether the song itself is the ritual. -PJS
And here I thought it was just a dirty song covered with pastoral symbols.... - RBW
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File: ShH100

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