"Roll in the Arms of My Sweet Angel" is a traditional American track. It seems to have originated from lyrics in the western hit "My Lula Gal," itself a fusion of British and Appalachian bawdy songs generally known as "Bang Bang Rosie" and "Bang Away Lulu." On December 14, 1951, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys issued the Flatt & Scruggs version as an album for the first time. In August 1971, Buck Owens issued his cover version "Rollin ' in My Sweet Baby's Arms" as the second single from Ruby's song. On the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the track debuted at No. 2. It also reached number 1 in Canada's RPM Country Tracks chart. Artists as diverse as Bill Monroe, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, and Jerry Lee Lewis covered the traditional song "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms." On 11/18/94, Phish decided to add his name to the list. Two days ago, "Reverend" Jeff Mosier had joined the ride, sitting in with Phish each evening for a few bluegrass tunes. Phish used the opportunity to showcase a variety of classic bluegrass tracks, and "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" was published that evening as the first track of a two-song encore (Mosier played banjo on both "Sweet Baby" and "Runaway Jim"). "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Hands" was also performed in the impromptu jam parking lot outside the IU Auditorium in Bloomington on the following evening, 11/19/94.