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Otis Redding — (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Album: The Ultimate Otis Redding
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Released: 1966
Length: 2:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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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 MinMan wrote:
BTW no natives of The SF Bay Area have ever called it "Frisco"... just one of my pet peeves.


 
Otis Redding was not a native of the SF Bay area; the lyrics should make that clear.
10+++++
Reminds me of sitting on the dock of a bay. We watched the sun go behind the  mountains.
Another song I am going to hit the next button, heard it too damn much
 PRoeder61 wrote:
Forever ruined by Top Gun.


 

1986 was a long time ago.

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Deserves an 11.
Mister class
Beyond criticism, or the judgement of mere mortals.
Friends:

This morning's New York Times celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of this enduring masterpiece.

"As a singer, range is great, but you got to learn to sing the right notes the right way. Otis was one of the masters of that ... "

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/arts/music/otis-redding-sittin-on-dock-bay-anniversary.html 

 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.


 romeotuma wrote:


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

 MinMan wrote:

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


 
Word. We call it "The City." Frisco is a little resort town on North Carolina's Outer Banks.



This really is a great song...


Maconga.

 
unclemrbig wrote:
A fellow Maconite
 


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


A fellow Maconite
 k_trout wrote:

only solution is lobotomy
{#Cowboy}

 

A bottle in front of me, or a frontal lobotomy.
Great song. When I used to work in a record store, we'd make bets before playing this song as to whether at least one customer would whistle along. Nine times out of ten, someone would. It's almost impossible not to, hehe.
 crowhog2000 wrote:

 
Tree_Hugger wrote:
tom cruise killed my love for this song. I still love it, but I still see tom's face decades after that dumb movie. :(
 
My same thought too!!!!
 
only solution is lobotomy
{#Cowboy}

 Tree_Hugger wrote:
tom cruise killed my love for this song. I still love it, but I still see tom's face decades after that dumb movie. :(
 
That dumb movie was the way I first heard this song.  Of course I was six when it came out in theaters and I thought it was far from dumb at the time (eww, their tongues are touching, gross{#Hug}).  But long term the best part of seeing that movie was being introduced to Otis.


This use to be my absolute favorite song in those younger years......
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is good for the ears...
 
..and good for the soul



This song is good for the ears...


 unclemrbig wrote:
We recently dedicated a park in Macon to Otis Redding.  His wife and children still live here. 
 
bless you, City of Macon

No matter how stressed out I am, this song will relax me. Aaaaaah, that's better. {#Meditate}
 bluedot wrote:
too bad for otis that this song only went to the top of the charts AFTER he died in an airplane crash. sigh.
 
This recording wasn't even released until after his death.  The "story" I had always heard was that he still considered the song "unfinished" and that the whistling at the end was filler for some more lyrics that he hadn't finished yet and was apparently going to punch in later.  I don't know if that part is really true or just one of those "myths", I just remember hearing it many times.

My volume just got cranked up to 11.
{#Whistle}{#Notworthy}


This is such a great song... awesome... love it...


 pennantpro wrote:
Otis is an undeniable genius.  But sad to say this is as overrated a tune as there is. It's such an outlier.  Yeah, it's Otis, but.....  Far better is the "B" side of this single, "My Lover's Prayer".  And "Try a Little Tenderness" is, in my opinion, perhaps the greatest song of its decade.  It would be great to hear that on RP.

 
Man could get funky, too..."Tramp" will get your booty shakin'.  He makes me proud to be from the Georgia woods...


 
Tree_Hugger wrote:
tom cruise killed my love for this song. I still love it, but I still see tom's face decades after that dumb movie. :(
 
My same thought too!!!!
A song that stands the test of time.  Recognized by generation after generation deserves godlike status.
Since this has been a part of the pop canon since before I can remember, I haven't listened to it as closely as I did just now.  It really is masterful.  What I noticed this time is that chords in the chorus do not resolve in an obvious way, and the singing is great.  I also enjoyed the brass more than I have before, although the tasty guitar stood out to me most.  I glad RP played this so that I could finally appreciate it more fully, sitting by computer with the leisure to be able to listen closely.
Could be the greatest pop song of all time.
 fretman wrote:
Steve Cropper sure could write 'em. Or co-write 'em, in this case.

Stax records rules...
 
After Otis passed, Cropper could not bear to hear this song. Don't know if he can now...

We recently dedicated a park in Macon to Otis Redding.  His wife and children still live here. 
Otis is an undeniable genius.  But sad to say this is as overrated a tune as there is. It's such an outlier.  Yeah, it's Otis, but.....  Far better is the "B" side of this single, "My Lover's Prayer".  And "Try a Little Tenderness" is, in my opinion, perhaps the greatest song of its decade.  It would be great to hear that on RP.

RadarScope1 wrote:
An unequivocal 10 if there ever was one.
yeah....
i loved this as a kid just as much as i do today.


i have this same problem!
{#Think}



I just sang along this one..


An unequivocal 10 if there ever was one.
One of my favourite songs {#Notworthy}
Yes, I'm here in Memphis takin' care of Otis at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Come visit!
Why won't this thing go to 11?
This song has earned its spot as an all-time classic... but can we hear some different Otis once in a while? The man was truly a genius, and his library is chock full of fantastic tunes.
tom cruise killed my love for this song. I still love it, but I still see tom's face decades after that dumb movie. :(
KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
The first time I heard this, I was sitting in the 8th grade classroom of catholic school. . . . I remember this song really stood out. So I rode my bike to the downtown music store and bought the 45. I still have it. . . . :lol:
Cool story! I was eight, and it was in heavy rotation on AM radio, and, yeah, it really stood out for me too.
Another anthem from my youth and it still is today!
Thea wrote:
best song EVER? hmmmm. if not, and I'm not sure it's not, then it's definitely in the top five.
This IS the best song EVER. c.
techer2 wrote:
Bill, you're KILLIN' it this morning! Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song Beck - Tropicalia Keep it up....only a few more hours till I split this popsicle stand early and head to some remote hot springs!
Yep, I feel like I should be at the beach, with a drink in my hand, not inside at work. Hey, at least I wore a tropical shirt today. :smile:
went out absolutely at the top of his game
Bill, you're KILLIN' it this morning! Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song Beck - Tropicalia Keep it up....only a few more hours till I split this popsicle stand early and head to some remote hot springs!
KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
The first time I heard this, I was sitting in the 8th grade classroom...
Good story. Great song but too brief. All making for a good day.
nice... thanks for sharing KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
The first time I heard this, I was sitting in the 8th grade classroom of catholic school. It was getting real close to summer vacation, it was a hot day in Anaheim. The school had no air conditioning so all the windows were open in the classroom. The junior high down the street (where I went to the following year) got out about a half hour before us. A lot of the students walked by our school on their way home. They always had their small transistor radios tuned into the L.A. am stations. We could here the music as they walked by. I remember this song really stood out. So I rode my bike to the downtown music store and bought the 45. I still have it. It's a little raspy now. Come to think about it, so am I. :lol:
Great transition from Jimmy Cliff, Bill! Otis was the essence of soul, baby. :music:
The first time I heard this, I was sitting in the 8th grade classroom of catholic school. It was getting real close to summer vacation, it was a hot day in Anaheim. The school had no air conditioning so all the windows were open in the classroom. The junior high down the street (where I went to the following year) got out about a half hour before us. A lot of the students walked by our school on their way home. They always had their small transistor radios tuned into the L.A. am stations. We could here the music as they walked by. I remember this song really stood out. So I rode my bike to the downtown music store and bought the 45. I still have it. It's a little raspy now. Come to think about it, so am I. :lol:
GodLike, for sure!:notworthy:
I've never been much of a guitarist, but I taught myself the chords to this about 10 years ago. I was at a beach house with a bunch of friends vacationing. I woke up early after a night of partying and was strumming this away as I recovered from my hangover. A good friend of mine, who is an amazing musician and singer, sat down and starting strumming the lead. By the end of the song, all our friends were sitting around us as we played, clapping and singing along. It's the ONE time I ever felt the high a musician must feel when performing a great set in front of an audience. Dock of the Bay = "10"
simply beautiful
dmax wrote:
...ululation and caterwauling....
Although I didn't know the word existed until now, I've always been a fan of ululation.
"... ululation and caterwauling" SO TRUE!!! dmax wrote:
See, this is soul, without that gawd-awful ululation and caterwauling that passes for "soul" these days.
WOW! Bill, you are killing me! I'm not getting any work done today. I'm having way too much fun singing and dancing around my office! :jump: (It's a good thing my boss is in Hawaii!)
This song has never gotten old for me. I still get chills. The dude was 27 yrs old, yet he sings it like he's got a hundred years of loneliness and regret oozing from his joints.
Hurray! I love this song! Thank you RP!
See, this is soul, without that gawd-awful ululation and caterwauling that passes for "soul" these days.
Why I love Radio Paradise... sets like this one that remind me how wonderful it can be to be alive. learning completely new artists and songs so that it's clear that music will never stop progressing. The calming and smooth voices of Bill and Rebecca, as familiar as my own... I'm not going to panic until Bill does - and that doesn't seem likely anytime soon. I wish you and yours the most wonderful of holidays... Love, Rue
Beautyful song :yes:
ahhhhh, a beaut of a tune :biggrin:
Great combo - Sitting here in Limbo--On the Dock of the Bay.