Desert Island 2 – (Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay

Day two and song two of the eight records I’d like to have with me if ever I was stranded on a Desert Island and this is a reminder of a time when I was young enough to think the world was my oyster.

It is also a reminder of the fragility of life because Otis Redding recorded it in 1967 only days before his death – a life tragically cut short.

To this day it is still – or at least I think so – one of the greatest and most soulful songs performed by any artist and even though some have covered it well the original is still be far the best version.

(Sitting On) – The Dock of the Bay
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun

I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come

Watching the ships roll in

And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay

Watching the tide roll away

Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay

Wastin’ time

I left my home in Georgia

Headed for the ‘Frisco bay

Cause I’ve had nothing to live for

And look like nothin’s gonna come my way

So I’m just gonna sit on the dock of the bay

Watching the tide roll away

Ooo, I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay

Wastin’ time

Look 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, yes

Sittin’ here resting my bones

And this loneliness won’t leave me alone

It’s two thousand miles I roamed

Just to make this dock my home

Now, I’m just gonna sit at the dock of the bay

Watching the tide roll away

Oooo-wee, sittin’ on the dock of the bay

Wastin’ time