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At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “(Sitin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. This song was recorded on the 22nd of November and the 7th of December 1967, and sadly on the 10th of December Redding tragically died in a private ‘plane crash in Wisconsin. He was 26 years old. “Dock of the Bay” was released in January 1968 and got to number 3 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, and to number 1 in the US.

This is my favourite Otis Redding song. I first heard it as a teenager, I found its wonderful soulful vocals and plaintive sound mesmerising. Redding also wrote “Respect”, the song made more famous by Aretha Franklin (which is also in this list). Possibly his other best-known songs are a more bluesy version of The Temptation’s song “My Girl”, and “Try a Little Tenderness”; but “Dock of the Bay” is, for me, his best song.



At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “(Sitin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.




Sittin’ in the morning sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I watch them roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

I left my home in Georgia
Headed for the Frisco Bay
Cuz I’ve had nothing to live for
And look like nothing’s gonna come my way

So, I’m just gon’ sit on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Looks like nothing’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, listen

Sittin’ here resting my bones
And this loneliness won’t leave me alone, listen
Two thousand miles I roam
Just to make this dock my home, now

I’m just gon’ sit at the dock of a bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
Sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time


Here is the official video of this wonderful song. Enjoy!





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