Otis Redding — (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Album: The Ultimate Otis Redding
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Released: 1966
Length: 2:37
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Sittin' in the morning sun
I'll be sittin' when the evening comes
watching the ships roll in
and then I watch them roll away again, yeah

I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
watching the tide roll away
I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
wasting time

I left my home in Georgia
headed for the Frisco Bay
because I've had nothin' to live for
and look like nothin's gonna come my way

So I'm just gonna sit on the dock of the bay
watchin' the tide roll away
I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
wasting time

Looks like nothin's gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same

Sitting here resting my bones
And this loneliness won't leave me alone
It's 2,000 miles I've roamed
Just to make this dock my home now

I'm just gonna sit at the dock of the bay
watchin' the tide roll away
I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
wasting time
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 Wilfrue wrote:
For my ears, this has to be among the very best recordings in the history of sound. Otis' voice is so emotive and plaintive. Steve Cropper's guitar is subtle, but omnipresent. It is simple and approachable, dramatic and relatable. 

I gave up noodling to this song myself, because I cannot sound like Otis, (Hell, who can?), I wouldn't even pretend to know what a guitar was if Steve was in the room; and inasmuch as I love it, I couldn't ever come anywhere close to replicating the utter perfection of this creation and performance. 

 
What he said.  That cut is 50 years old and still Godlike.
Yes Yes
doesn't get any better than this ....
Perfection! {#Whistle}
3 days after this recording he died...{#Hug}
 willmcnaught wrote:

you need PSD button, lol AVERAGE rating 9 out of 1300 + hmmm you are in the MINORITY {#Moon}

 
Brilliant song, but since when is being in the minority some sort of wrongdoing?
For my ears, this has to be among the very best recordings in the history of sound. Otis' voice is so emotive and plaintive. Steve Cropper's guitar is subtle, but omnipresent. It is simple and approachable, dramatic and relatable. 

I gave up noodling to this song myself, because I cannot sound like Otis, (Hell, who can?), I wouldn't even pretend to know what a guitar was if Steve was in the room; and inasmuch as I love it, I couldn't ever come anywhere close to replicating the utter perfection of this creation and performance. 
 jimys wrote:
Nice image. 

melzabutch wrote:


 

 


Doesn't get any better than this.  I'm smiling now.

 
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Tired and overplayed.  4

 
you need PSD button, lol AVERAGE rating 9 out of 1300 + hmmm you are in the MINORITY {#Moon}
If I never heard this song again it would really be OK.

  I used to work for a gentleman who I think would want you all to know that Mr. Redding is a little confused here.  No matter what he says this is not what he was doing

Forever ruined by Top Gun.


Great song...bad whistling!
Tired and overplayed.  4
Nice image. 

melzabutch wrote:


 



 dave216j wrote:
That segue from Amy Winehouse to this song was sublime.
 
Thanks for the Amy Winehouse flip again. It was great.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Completely classic. Perfect in its own way. American R & B at its finest. But played too much everywhere. Bordering on cliche. 
First heard this song when I was six years old.  It had such a groove - temporarily turned my attention from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel.  Also made me want to check out San Francisco.  Moved there 20 years later.
Needed this, thanks RP.
The song is the epitome of excellent songwriting and performance.
That segue from Amy Winehouse to this song was sublime.
this song has been ruined a little bit for me by foul-mouthed comics.  but at least i got some laughs out of it.  :)
Never listened to this one with headphones on before.  What a well put together song it is!
Damn.

Reminds me of drinking beers in La Jolla, CA. Good enough for a 10 in that respect.


I got introduced to this song by my girlfriend after spending the evening sitting on the dock, wildly in love, staring at each other and the setting sun. It became 'our song'.

Three years later, the relationship was over. Going to France, leaving the madness behind, I stopped for a pizza at a restaurant in a tiny village in the middle of the French Alps. It turned out the place had live music that evening.

The band opened with this song...

Life's strange and beautiful like that I guess. :-)

Beautiful song..  The lighthearted whistle at the end belies the profound sadness of the story of this lost soul from Georgia...

9


This song will be played at my funeral.  I hope I can hear it in my head as I pass through.  I love this!
maybe the most 'played out' song of all time...

Today has been blessed with great tunes from RP!  Thanks for tugging my heart strings and letting my soul sing along.  Love it!




What a great song...  the story of my life...  love it...

 
I have scaled back the 10s I give, happy to say this track still gets a 10.
Ahhhhh  {#Sunny} {#Cool}
 tallman wrote:
This is a great song. I never need to hear it again. Let KFOG have it.
 

{#Lol}
This is a great song. I never need to hear it again. Let KFOG have it.
i feel bad that my rating of 9 could actually drag down this songs overall rating of 9.2
Now this is a good track!
Wow, when I was 12 this song use to be my favorite......now, its still appropriate at 55!
Another great song by Otis!  Another talent taken too soon.
Three in a row I've commented on.. WOW!  Not bad for a thursday.
 ziggytrix wrote:
 MinMan wrote:

BTW no natives of The SF Bay Area have ever called it "Frisco"... just one of my pet peeves.


 
 
Kindly note the song is about a guy who moved there from Georgia.  So, he ain't no native of The SF Bay Area. ;)

 
SNAP Ziggy!!! {#Clap}
Sheer awesomeness!
 MinMan wrote:

BTW no natives of The SF Bay Area have ever called it "Frisco"... just one of my pet peeves.


 
 
Kindly note the song is about a guy who moved there from Georgia.  So, he ain't no native of The SF Bay Area. ;)

Nostalgiaslurpanicious song. A fav of mine.


 sirdroseph wrote:

 You so funny{#Tongue}, but yea this is a great song...{#Sunny}

 

Innit?  This song is soooo fantastic...  love it...

hope life is grand for you... 
{#Angel}
Getting better and better, have a nice day all of you.
MinMan wrote:

BTW no natives of The SF Bay Area have ever called it "Frisco"... just one of my pet peeves.

Interesting. Is it anything like Nu Or-LEENS? Nobody there uses that pronunciation unless it's for rhyming purposes in a song. Then, strangely, it's okay.