LYRIC OF THE WEEK: Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”

It wasn’t written as a protest song, but it almost sounds like it could have been one during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It became an anthem of sorts for people of all colors all over the world, both the truly downtrodden and those of us who just feel like we are. I’m talking about Otis Redding’s classic (“Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” “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…

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