"Over in the Meadow" is an old counting song. Different versions of this song exist and you can create your own… changing the order of the animals or even using different ones. People generally sing this song with ten verses (counting up ten).

The version below of "Over in the Meadow" is the general way this song has been sung since the 1880's or earlier...

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Originally written as a poem by Olive A. Wadsworth (1816 - 1879). Olive A. Wadsworth is the pen name of Katherine Floyd Dana (1835 - 1886). It wasn't typical or acceptable for women to be writers at that time so they would often write under pen names. The initial of her chosen pen name are OAW, which was tongue in cheek for "only a woman".



Thanks to Corrina D. for singing this song for us!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Illustration by Monique Palomares.

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