Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms

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Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Buster Carter and Preston Young (192?)
Monroe Brothers (1936)
Single : Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (1951)
New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 3 : New Lost City Ramblers (1961)
Rose Maddox Sings Bluegrass : Rose Maddox (1962)
Mountain Music On The Autoharp : Kilby Snow (1965)
Southern Dance Music, Vol. 2, Old Timey : Various Artists (Carter and Young) (1965)
The Flat-Picker's Guitar Guide - An Advanced Instruction Record : Jerry Silverman (1966)
23 Bluegrass Favorites : Raymond Fairchild & The Frosty Mountain Boys (1967)
20 Bluegrass Favorites : Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with the Stoney Mountain Boys (1967)
Through The Morning, Through The Night : Dillard & Clark (1969)
Ballads From Deep Gap : Doc Watson (1971)
Lester Flatt (1971)
Greatest Folksingers of 60s : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (1972)
Hank Williams Back : Leon Russell (1973)
Feast Here Tonight : Monroe Brothers (1975)
Stone Fox Chase : Charlie McCoy (1977)
Pickin' & Singing : Barrier brothers (1977)
Live In Japan : Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals (1980)
Early Days Of Bluegrass, Vol. 8 : Various Artists (Church Brothers) (1981)
The Live Album : Leon Russell (1981)
Are You From Dixie? - Great Country Brother Teams Of The 30's : various Artists (Monroe Brothers) (1988)
Dust on the Needle : Tony Trischka (1988)
Bluegrass Favorites : Wood Brothers (1989)
Country Songs : Lilly Brothers (198?)
Complete Mercury Sessions : Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1992)
Troubadours Of The Folk Era Vol. 3 : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (1992)
The Buck Owens Collection 1959-1990 : Buck Owens (1992)
Live Recordings 1953-1959 : Bill Monroe (1993)
Off the Record, Vol. 1: Live Recordings 1956-1969 : Bill Monroe (1993)
The Vanguard Years : Doc Watson (1995)
Newport Folk Festival : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (19??)
The Folk Box : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (19??)
The String Bands, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (Buster Carter & Preston Young) (19??)
The Legendary Monroe Brothers Collection : Monroe Brothers (19??)
Bob Hinkle (19??)
Nonesuch River Singers (19??)
Rich Orchard & Frank Ray (19??)
Rusty York & the Kentucky Mountain Boys (19??)

Performance History

Played by the Wildwood Boys at the Tangent in Palo Alto on February 23rd 1963.

Played at the Dylan/Dead rehearsals in May 87


Title variations include Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms and I'll Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms.

Here are the lyrics of the version performed by the Wildwood Boys;

Roll in my sweet baby's arms,
Roll in my sweet baby's arms,
Goin' to lay 'round the shack 'til the mail train comes back,
Goin' to roll in my sweet baby's arms.

Now where were you last Sunday,
Well I was down in jail,
Walking the streets with another man,
(Got money to?) go my bail.


Mother's a (beauty?) operator,
Sister can weave and spin,
Daddy has a nickel in that old cotton mill,
See how the money (rolls/flows/blows?) in.


I know that your parents don't like me,
They sent me away from your door,
If I had my life all over again,
I wouldn't go there any more.


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