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Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms

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B-side  "Corn Liquor"
Genre  Country
Label  Capitol
Released  August 1971
Length  2:19
Writer(s)  trad.

"Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" is an American traditional song. It seems to have developed from lyrics in the cowboy song "My Lula Gal", itself a development of bawdy British and Appalachian songs generally known as "Bang Bang Rosie" or "Bang Away Lulu.

The Flatt & Scruggs version was first released as a single by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, on December 14, 1951. Buck Owens released his cover version "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms" in August 1971 as the second single from his album Ruby. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.


  • The earliest recorded version is that of Buster Carter and Preston Young, 1931, with Posey Rorer on fiddle.
  • The Flatt & Scruggs arrangement has also been covered by Roy Acuff, Boxcar Willie, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, David Alan Coe, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Guy Davis, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, The Grascals, Lloyd Green, Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Sleepy LaBeef, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Rose Maddox, Jimmy Martin, The New Lost City Ramblers, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Reed, David Rogers, The Stonemans, The String Cheese Incident, Conway Twitty, Doc Watson and Willie Nelson
  • Bill Flagg also recorded a version for Tetra Records in the 1950s but the album was never released
  • The Buck Owens version has been covered by:
  • Leon Russell on his 1973 Hank Wilson's Back album.
  • Maury Finney, whose 1976 version peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers on their 1978 Japanese album Close Encounters on the West Coast and their 1979 American album Live from Tokyo
  • References

    Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Wikipedia

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