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(SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY


Otis Redding


[G] Sittin' in the mornin' [B] sun,

I'll be [C] sittin' when the eve-[B][Bb]-ning [A] comes.

[G] Watching the ships roll [B] in,

Then I [C] watch 'em roll a-[B]-way [Bb] a-[A]-gain, yeah.

I'm [G] sittin' on the dock of the [E] bay,

Watching the [G] tide roll a-[E]-way.

Oo, I'm just [G] sittin' on the dock of the [A] bay,

Wastin' [G] time. [E]


I [G] left my home in [B] Georgia,

[C] Headed for the [B] Fris-[Bb]-co [A] Bay.

[G] I have nothing to [B] live for,

Look like [C] nothin's gonna [B] come [Bb] my [A] way.

Now, I'm just [G] sittin' on the dock of the [E] bay,

Watching the [G] tide roll a-[E]-way.

Oo, I'm just [G] sittin' on the dock of the [A] bay,

Wastin' [G] time. [E]


[G] Look [D] like [C] nothing's gonna change.

[G] Every-[D]-thing still [C] remains the same.

[G] I can't [D] do what [C] ten people [G] tell me to do,

[F] So I guess I'll re-[D]-main the same, yes.


I'm [G] sittin' here restin' my [B] bones,

And this [C] loneliness won't [B] leave [Bb] me a-[A]-lone, yes.

[G] Two thousand miles I [B] roamed

Just to [C] make this a [B] dock [Bb] my [A] home.

Now, I'm just [G] sittin' on the dock of the [E] bay,

Watching the [G] tide roll a-[E]-way.

Oo, I'm just [G] sittin' on the dock of the [A] bay,

Wastin' [G] time. [E]

[G] (Whistling) [G][G][G][G][G][G][E] and fade

This is one of the great soul songs of the late 1960s, and gives beginners an excellent opportunity to practice playing barre chords. The verses are played by moving an open E chord shape up and down the fretboard. Barre the 3rd fret for G, the 7th for B, the 8th for C, then down to the 7th again for B, the 6th for Bb, and the 5th for A. For the chorus you move between the barred 3rd fret for G and the open E, and up to the barred 5th fret for A. The bridge can be played with standard open chords.

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