Note: "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"
About the session: The tenth of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
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