“The Needle's Eye”


"The needle's eye that doth supply The thread that runs so true, Oh many a beau have I let go Because I wanted you." The remaining verses describe how the singer(s) have courted and passed others by; the needle may have "caught" the (girl)

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Needle's Eye, The
  Complete text(s)

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Threading the Needle

From W. W. Newell, Games and Songs of American Children, item
#29, p. 91. From Massachusetts.

  The needle's eye
  That doth supply
The thread that runs so true;
  Ah! many a lass
  Have I let pass
Because I wanted you.


  • Margaret MacArthur, "The Needle's Eye" [fragment] (on MMacArthur01)


  1. Randolph 545, "The Needle's Eye" (2 text plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 74, "The Needle's Eye" (1 fragment)
  3. Hudson 144, pp. 291-293, "Needle's Eye" (2 fragments)
  4. Linscott, pp. 43-44, "The Needle's Eye" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. ST R545 (Full)
  6. Roud #4506
  7. BI, R545


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1903 (Newell)
Keywords: playparty courting
Found in: US(Ap,MW,NE,So)