:: Title :: Bob-A-Needle (Bobbin' Needle)
:: Genre :: game song, ring play
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones VII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/12/1961
:: Reference Information :: T982.0, Track 16 (00:00:22)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 13 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - "Bob-a-needle, / Going to ketch it, going to find it." "This play moves, and just like you're hearing it go now, you move with it?You got to move with it, so you can really be stirred." --Step It Down "During the singing, the players in the ring pass the bob-a-needle from hand to hand, trying to move as little as possible in order not to make its location obvious. Bob-a-needle may travel clockwise or counterclockwise, and the players may reverse direction at will. The center player meanwhile reaches around the waist and feels the hands of each player in turn; she too may go in either direction, but she may not skip players nor run back and forth across the ring. When the center player reverses the direction of her search she must signal this with the lead line; 'Turn around, bob-a-needle!' This game does not end when someone is caught holding the elusive bob-a-needle. Like most of Mrs. Jones's games that involve 'losing', the person caught simply pays a forfeit and takes over the center role so that the play can begin again." --Step It Down [Source: Step It Down book]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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