Sung by: Mrs. W.B. Apple
Huff, AR 1/1/62

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(Comment by Mrs. Apple: “This is a choosing game, and we would sing. Two girls, or two boys, would stand facing each other and hold their hands high, clasped. The students would clasp hands and start through under their hands as this song was being sung by everyone. When the person came by that they wanted, they’d let their arms drop around them and that’s the one that would be questioned. This is the song.”)

Needle’s eye, just a fly,
Thread that runs so truly.
Many a beau have I let go
Because I wanted you.
You, oh you, and it’s nothing but you.
Many a beau have I let go
Because I wanted you.

(Comment by Mrs. Apple: “And then this one would be chosen, and then the song would start all over again until all were chosen.”)

Also found in Randolph, Vol. III, #545; Brown, Vol. III, #74.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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