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  • Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms

    paddy rayburn posted on April 20, 2012 23:25

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    "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 earliest recorded version is that of Buster Carter and Preston Young, 1931, with Posey Rorer on fiddle.

    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.

    A video for this song:

    Posted in: Individual Songs, May 2012 - Train songs. (2 Comments)


Claude Lacelle
# Claude Lacelle
Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:50 PM
I have spent some time converting this song submission to something that we can print for the song binders and convert to the monthly PDF song booklets. All this takes a bit of time and effor,t but because this song is great I have decided to converted it the IN TEXT TABS standard. The lyrics are exactly what Ricky Skaggs and his boys sing as on the posted video, if this doesn't work for you please edit.

Roll In My Sweet Babys Arm Ricky Skaggs version

[A]Roll in my sweet baby's arms
Roll in my sweet baby's [E]arms
[A]Lay round the shack
Till the [D]mail train comes back
And [E]roll in my sweet baby's [A]arms

[A]I ain't gonna work on the railroad
Ain't gonna work on the [E]farm
[A]Lay around the shack
Till the [D]mail train comes back
[E]And roll in my sweet baby's [A]arms

Chorus …

[A]Now where were you last Saturday night
While I was lyin' in [E]jail
[A]Walking the streets [D]with another man
[E]Wouldn't even go my b[A]ail

Chorus …

[A]Well your folks say they don't like me
They turn me away from your [E]door
[A]Next time I come-a [D]-round to your house (to see ya)
[E]I ain’t gonna come there no [A]more

Chorus ...

[A]Momma was a beauty operator
Sister could weave and [E]spin
[A]Dad’s on the line at the [D]old cotton mill
[E]watchin’ that ol’ money roll [A]in

Chorus …

Gonna [A]Lay round the shack
Till the [D]mail train comes back
[E]And roll in my sweet baby's [A]arms
Sue Rogers
# Sue Rogers
Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:59 PM
Claude, after playing it through a bunch of times, I've posted an updated printable version that repositions a few of the chords.

Thanks for making it easy and putting it all inline!