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At number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs is “Respect”. Although this song’s best known version is by Aretha Franklin, which was released in April 1967; it may surprise some to learn that it was actually written by Otis Redding, and released as a single by him in August 1965. As I’ve already mentioned in this blog here, Redding sadly died in December 1967 in a plane crash in Wisconsin; but at least he lived to see the phenomenal success of Franklin’s version of his song. Franklin’s cover got to number 1 in the US and to number 10 in the DUK singles charts.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.



There are small lyrical differences between the Redding and Franklin versions of this song; but the main difference is that Franklin was singing the song from a woman’s perspective, demanding respect from her man. Redding, however, had written the song from a very different perspective; a man who liked to womanise when he was on the road with his band, but was demanding faithfulness from his wife. The incredible power and passion of Franklin’s version is one of the reasons this song is at number 5 in this list.


(oo) What you want
(oo) Baby, I got
(oo) What you need
(oo) Do you know I got it?
(oo) All I’m askin’
(oo) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

I ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone
Ain’t gonna do you wrong (oo) ’cause I don’t wanna (oo)
All I’m askin’ (oo)
Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

I’m about to give you all of my money
And all I’m askin’ in return, honey
Is to give me my propers
When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

[instrumental break]

Ooo, your kisses (oo)
Sweeter than honey (oo)
And guess what? (oo)
So is my money (oo)
All I want you to do (oo) for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin’ (just a little bit)
You’re runnin’ out of foolin’ (just a little bit)
And I ain’t lyin’ (just a little bit)
(re, re, re, re) ‘spect
When you come home (re, re, re ,re)
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I’m gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





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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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