Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms

Tom T. Hall, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs

About Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms

"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. 


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2003
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If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this whole wide world
To the girl, I love the best

If I had listened to what Mama said
I would not have been here today
A lyin' around this old jailhouse
Just weepin' my sweet life away

If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this whole wide world
To the girl, I love the best

She caused me to weep, she caused me to mourn
She caused me to leave my home
Oh, those lonesome pines and those good ol' times
I'm on my way back home

If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this whole wide world
To the girl, I love the best

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Earl Scruggs

Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called "Scruggs style") that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, the Blue Grass Boys. more »

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Written by: BUCK OWENS

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14 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" is classified as a bluegrass and country song.
Original Artist
Notably, while Flatt & Scruggs are widely associated with the song, it was initially written and performed by Charlie Monroe.
Release Date
The version by Flatt & Scruggs was recorded and released in 1951.
Song Duration
The runtime of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" by Flatt & Scruggs is approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Musical Instruments
In the Flatt & Scruggs version of the song, the primary musical instruments include banjo (played by Earl Scruggs), guitar (Lester Flatt), and fiddle.
Association with Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs is revered as a pioneer in bluegrass music and was widely noted for the distinct three-finger banjo playing style he displayed in this song.
Lester Flatt's Contribution
Lester Flatt was a key contributor to the song as well, often being highlighted for his 'flatt pick' guitar style and trademark vocal deliverance.
Charts and Performance
Flatt & Scruggs's version of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" did not chart upon its initial release; however, it has been recognized and celebrated in retrospect as a critical classic in bluegrass music.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by countless artists in various genres over the years, including Buck Owens, Del McCoury, and Leon Russell, demonstrating its enduring popularity.
Album Inclusion
The song was included in the 2005 compilation album, "Earl Scruggs & Friends", consisting of 14 tracks performed by Scruggs with well-known musicians from a variety of genres.
Significance in Bluegrass
The song's vibrant mix of melodious fiddle, high-energy banjo, and distinctive vocal harmonies are often regarded as a benchmark for traditional bluegrass music.
Live Performances
One of the most memorable performances of the song took place during the Flatt & Scruggs appearance at the 1962 Newport Folk Festival.
Song Lyrics
The lyrics of the song depict a story of an unfaithful lover, a common narrative in both country and blues music.
Impact on Country and Bluegrass Music
Given its standard status and popularity within-and-beyond the genre, "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" has made an immense impact on the evolution of both country and bluegrass music.

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