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Riddle: Going to St. Ives

This is an old classic:

As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives
The seven wives had seven sacks
The seven sacks had seven cats
The seven cats had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks and wives
How many were going to St. Ives?

The wording of the riddle is important (and a bit tricky).

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