5-4-3-2-1 by Manfred Mann

Artist: Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann were a rock band formed in London, UK in 1962. Named after their keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970’s group Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, the band had two lead vocalists, Paul Jones 1962-66 and Mike d’Abo 1966-69

Title: 5-4-3-2-1
Date: 1964
Album: Cock-a-hoop
Genre: Pop

Released in 1964, 5-4-3-2-1 was written by Mann, Mike Hugg and Paul Jones. It peaked at No.5 on the UK Singles Chart, largely due to repeated television exposure from being the theme tune for the ITV pop music programme Ready Steady Go. It was the last single released with bass player Dave Richmond in the line-up.

Lyrics by Manfred Mann, Mike Hugg, and Paul Jones

Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Always onward, rode the six hundred
(Five, four, three, two, one)
Down the valley on their horses they thundered
(Five, four, three, two, one)
Ah, but once they're down, they really blundered
(Five, four, three, two, one)
Uh-huh, it was the Manfreds
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
The soldiers waited at the gate for weeks
(Five, four, three, two, one)
In a wooden horse, to the city they sneaked
(Five, four, three, two, one)
Pulled out and then was it the Greeks?
(Five, four, three, two, one)
Uh-huh, it was the Manfreds
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Uh-huh, it was the Manfreds
Five, four, three, two, one

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