Redding, Otis - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Lyrics




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

[Ends in harmonic whistling]





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  1. Pat Logan

    I'll start with Mr. Price. Thank you Sir for your service it was equivalent to my husbands time in Nam (Air Force). I hope you are at peace today and your tomorrows. I read through a lot of the responces not knowing the generational gap between, which doesn't matter, the majority were appreciative of your service and all others that did also. Secondly I'm impressed by the appreciation of the song and artist. I also heard this for the first time as a young women, I thought it was great BUT truly didn't listen to the lyrics closely, I am very guilty of this. I am more drawn to the music the instruments play and find the lyrics secondary. Shame on ME... I will have you know that I am now revisiting songs that I loved for the music and now paying attention to the lyrics. Better late than never.

  2. dixiwaters

    2000 years into the future, this song will still be just as timely, relevant, and loved.

  3. M9A1 MAN

    12K people voted thumbs down to this? WTF is wrong with you people!?

  4. le1gh mcdonald

    Cool Tunes:)

  5. ArKane EGO

    De La Soul's - Eye Know anyone?? 🤔🤔

  6. Timothy R Burrows

    One of my favs,,, always a damn good jam when down,, just gonna sit on the dock of the bay and east some time

  7. Naomi Willard

    Played this at mum's funeral last week along with Leonard Cohen's Suzanne.

  8. The Schwa

    2 years ago I was in California, San Jose area, during the time when I was at the peak of my existential crisis. Not really doing much, not working trying to learn a trade I wasn't interested in

    Just looking for my own answers about life and were I was going. I'd stroll downtown, sometimes ride the lightrail aimlessly for hours, pour through the library looking for said answers

    This song was basically my theme during that time. I'm better now but this music will always bring me back to those days...

  9. Tee Grey

    the big O

  10. Bert Aguilar

    Think of my pops when I hear this song... never had a great relationship with him, but as soon as this song comes on I shed a tear 😔

  11. Swaytapes HD

    Old music is so much better

  12. Amara and Jediah We play roblox for fun

    This is what I'm singing for my black history month performance

  13. Darrin Rychlak

    This was my favorite song my entire life. I always knew.

  14. Kek

    Heard this in Mafia III and love it.

  15. Earl Seppala

    Foggy there and so perfect and I miss it
    How may I help in that special place dear Moss Landing

  16. Catherine Griffith

    Growing up in a small seaside town wishing my thoughts away with the tide love this tune reminds me of my dad and brother

  17. Rose Vlogs

    Bring back old times 😵

  18. Ryan Kuefler

    This is my favorite song of all-time. So calming and sad .

  19. Cristian De la cruz

    11k people never been to the bay, probably live out there in tha dessert.

  20. Smurf *Maxine* Blue

    Takes me back to family get togethers as a kid.

  21. David Shaw

    So calming, beautiful song

  22. bella bella

    I am a girl moroccan ,i like this sing 2020

  23. RePeR_GaminG

    Best song

  24. Nutshell Peacock shartposting

    sittin' on a cock 'cos I'm gay ♪♫

  25. Rushdi Ishmail

    Great song.👌🏾

  26. Alexis Satterfield

    Fun fact, this song is Leonardo DiCaprio’s favorite song.

    Garry Smith

    Fun fact.. You're dog is cutie

    David Velasquez

    Are you serious lll
    I thought he wasn't fan of this type of music

  27. hunter wade

    god:you have 3 min to live
    me:only need 2:46

  28. Don White

    If you’re listening to this, you need to stop it.

    pikle bitch

    Stop what

    Kylar Shay

    Fuck you don. Pussy boy

  29. Hilda Kalap

    My favourite song of all time - pure soul in that voice

  30. Catherine Schuller

    This song for my sister miss you

  31. Kristina živčić

    So relaxing 😊

  32. Jimmy John

    Lets go!
    arise! awake!
    Salute another glorious morning,you sroungy ass son of bitches.

  33. Hannah Davies

    im so gonna have old songs play at my wedding . It never gets outdated ♥

  34. Don Shearer

    Shuffle dance

  35. Hubert Capart

    un chanteur formidable!!!!une mort jeune ! j'adorai ce mec !

  36. Love Me

    *Definitely* ...
    Thank YOU❣ OTIS

  37. LTJfan 1992

    Sitting here, resting my bones,
    and this loneliness won't leave me alone.....yeah we all been there

  38. Alfie Staples

    He look like the "I beat my meat so god damn hard" guy

  39. GAMBL37

    Amazing song wished he could've finished it

  40. David Hallas

    I take it the haters couldn't find the dock

  41. x pack

    2020 hit a like

  42. Peter Petersen

    My Song.! Peter Klampenborg in the off Copenhagen....!

  43. Ahmet Toprak

    Sitting on a cock 'cuz I'm gay...

  44. Wayne Pitty

    Otis called " _Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay_ " his Beatles song LOL... Love that guitar by Steve Cropper who co-wrote this song with Otis! Heaven has ya Otis!!! ✟

  45. another human

    The best music

  46. Matthew Clement

    I'm not sure how anyone could give a thumbs down on this beautiful song.

  47. Lina Bendj

    was stevie wonder's "i just called to say i love you" sampled from this ?

  48. Landstander 2112

    I remember I was driving on Shore Dr. in Virginia Beach, when I heard he'd died. I had to stop on the shoulder, and cry.

  49. James Himes

    First heard this out of the Otis Redding Live album in a Summer cottage on Cape Ann, Massachusetts while a young Navy officer stationed in Boston....still remember the moment....the steamy summer day, the breeze, the cold beer, the girls enjoying Summah on the North Shore....Sweet Days....

  50. Chris Young

    I just wish this song was longer

  51. 1besieged

    Now go listen to 'Drift Away ' by Dobie Gray, this song goes well after this song.

  52. Angela Dobbs

    Hey Ron Timmons love you thank you for introducing me to Jesus i will love him and you allways..no matter what!!!

  53. Angela Dobbs

    There Doc i miss you angie sue❤take care of bear and Patrick too i love you my friend

  54. stevieray56

    “Dock of the Bay” was based on a few thoughts and lines Redding came up with during some time he spent sitting and watching the ocean in California. He took these ideas back to Memphis, where he and collaborator/producer Steve Cropper ended up making one of the most famous soul records of all time. In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Cropper explained how he and Redding came to write the song.....


    “He had been in San Francisco doing the Fillore,” Cropper recalled. “He had rented a boathouse or stayed out at a boathouse or something and that’s when he got the idea of watching the ships coming in the bay there. And that’s about all he had: ‘I watch the ships come in and I watch them roll away again. Sittin’ on the dock of the bay.’ I just took that…we just sat down and I just kind of learned the changes that he was kind of running over and I finished the lyrics…Otis didn’t really write about himself but I did. ‘Dock of the Bay’ was exactly that: ‘I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay,’ it was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform.”


    Knowing these details and not thinking something much deeper was involved might serve to shatter the song’s mystique for some of us. “Dock of the Bay” is so universal, about trying to find the beauty in life despite the hopelessness and despair we all have dealt with. The lyric speaks to the human condition, the emotional turmoil so common to all of us, with lines like I’ve had nothing to live for/Look like nothing’s gonna come my way…Looks like nothing’s gonna change/Everything still remains the same, and Sittin’ here resting my bones/And this loneliness won’t leave me alone. Redding and Cropper may not have been depressed when they wrote it, but they came up with a song that we can all identify with and that has stood the test of time. Everything has, indeed, pretty much remained the same.


    Shortly after recording the song, Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, and the song became the first posthumous number one record in chart history. “Dock of the Bay” ended up being named the sixth most-played song of the 20th century by BMI. In a testament to its influence on so many artists, this great song has since been covered by numerous artists, from Pearl Jam to Garth Brooks.

  55. Ash Adamson

    What a song.... timeless and appeals to all age groups. Brilliant.

  56. Gale Mill

    I love to join you at the dock of the bay ..

  57. Roncito Fishing Team

    Who's here because of the Family Guy dolphins?

  58. Mark Lawera

    sittin on a cock cuz im gay

  59. zander jakobsen

    Otis Redding was my grandfathers favorite singer. I never understood why. I wasn't listening to that kind of music. When i was 11 he died of cancer💔 then shortly after i heard this song in radio. And that was when i understood the sadness of this song

  60. AGATHA FOSTER

    DAMNN THIS SONG IS SOO GOOD

  61. Baba Tune

    Hello keem

  62. La Luna

    Every good happy song has a hidden sadness in it. I cry happy tears whenever I hear it. Thank you Ottis.

  63. Nankku

    The only way for me to calm down when I'm having an anxiety attack is playing this song... it just has something..

    Zilueta

    Hope it all goes well. Don't forget to exercise daily, it helps, take care!!!

  64. Gareth Beare

    Otis was the man. Otis!

  65. Randy Williams

    Who still liking this in 2020

  66. Mae West

    Pure good music

  67. George Rellinger

    Sausalito California

  68. Jorge Okay

    Such an incredblie voice. and such a meaningful song

  69. Iliana Dweebury

    After starting private recovery from being suicidal, I listened to this song a lot. It’s so calm and just smooth to me, it always made me feel better. I always daydreamed about being on the beach, this song in the background, imagining a happy future for me. I use to cry when revisiting this song but now I feel like I did, relaxed. Like everyone and everything is gonna be just okay.

    australia subliminals

    ahh man i hear ya. Am in a similar situation.

  70. Jane Marsee

    It's a shame that he didn't live long enough to see his best hit become so very popular!

  71. Ron Chapman

    So very soulful.

  72. Otis Burchfield

    Should make Georgia proud

  73. Stephen Walls

    2020 still playin this.

  74. Rebecca Lee

    I already knew this song, but I’m here from Arsenio Hall’s Netflix special because he made me have to come listen to this classic! Times sure have changed in music and this is a great oldie for sure!

  75. idoj654123

    Almost 55 million views. Sounds about right.

  76. Bob Newhart

    Timeless January 30, 2020 at 9am and jamming out this this olddie but goodie

  77. Stephen R

    Can you get tired of this song? I dont even need to hit repeat, it just knows what to do.

  78. Austin Thyme

    Heard this when it came out in '68...I was 12 but still responded to the melancholy tone of the song, for some reason. Still love listening to it to this day!

  79. monica bella

    OTIS ❤

  80. • HarmonyFissher •

    De Otis aprendí :v

  81. Christopher Woods

    fathers the walk home to life a brother a team 12 bothers the walk

  82. c h r i s ♿

    Kobe!!! RIP

  83. galiuro

    This song was featured on 91.3 KXCI in Tucson

  84. kevin hay

    Only other person who sings this good is me ....no bullshit

  85. Nemius

    I just came to this video bc of family guy from the scene of those 2 dolphins squeaking the tune of this song. S16 EP 4😂.

  86. Yung Gav

    Fallout 5 soundtrack?

  87. wood beez

    As was Kobe Bryant this morning... so my girlfriend goggled it....his name popped up as a favorite of mine 😁

  88. Andy Mag

    This will be the song I play on the first day of my retirement, it will be me, iPad and Spotify sitting at the end of the Levante breakwater in Torrevieja

  89. Fritz Cat

    Hammer yeah ! Greetings from Deutschland

  90. Fanny Carvalho

    Ok chelou la musique mais pourquoi pas

  91. Sandy Janson

    Love his 🎶 music!

  92. Chris smith

    ppl voted it a thumbs down haaaaaaa little kids trying to get a reaction funny

  93. Pu lease

    Oh hell no! Stupid folks put a thumbs down! Cause you all been dumbed down... So much SOUL here.😇

  94. Lavender Water

    This reminds me of my father. He introduced me to music and this is one of the records he played on Saturday mornings.. He died 4 years ago and I cant let him go. It hurts more than life.

    Marley Hemming

    My grandad showed me this and died on Christmas day 2020 at least there sitting resting there bones ❤

    Marley Hemming

    2015 not 2020^^

  95. Tresha Burgess

    Blessings yum eatthemup