Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay
Engelbert Humperdinck Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Engelbert Humperdinck's song, The Dock of the Bay, describe a man's feelings of isolation and hopelessness as he watches the world go by from his perch on a dock. The opening lines suggest a sense of resignation and acceptance of his fate, as he states he will be sitting in the same spot all day, just waiting for the ships to arrive and leave again. The repetition of "watching the tide roll away" emphasizes his sense of being stuck in his current situation, with no hope for change in sight.


The second verse reveals that the man left his home in Georgia to head to San Francisco because he had nothing to live for and no prospects for anything good in the future. He is not searching for anything, just sitting and wasting time. The man knows that nothing is going to change; everything is going to remain the same. Despite this knowledge, he is unable to do what other people might tell him to do, so he decides to spend his days sitting and watching the tide. The final verse reveals that the man has roamed 2,000 miles, but he has finally found a spot that he can call home, a spot that has given him a measure of comfort in his loneliness.


Line by Line Meaning

Sittin' in the mornin' sun
I'm sitting here early in the morning under the warmth of the sun


I'll be sittin' when the evenin' come
I'll still be sitting here when the evening arrives


Watching the ships roll in
I'm observing the boats rolling into the harbor


And then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah
I see them leave the harbor and head back out again


I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
I'm perched on the end of the pier overlooking the water


Watching the tide roll away
I'm paying attention to the ocean's water level as it moves out to sea


Ooo, I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay
I'm just sitting quietly, taking it all in


Wastin' time
I'm not doing anything worthwhile with my life at the moment


I left my home in Georgia
I came from my house in Georgia


Headed for the 'Frisco bay
I traveled toward San Francisco Bay


'Cause I've had nothing to live for
Since I haven't had any reason to continue living, I left Georgia for San Francisco Bay area


And look like nothin's gonna come my way
It seems like there's no good fortune coming my way


So I'm just gonna sit on the dock of the bay
I'm just going to continue to sit here on the pier


Watching the tide roll away
Observing the ocean water level as it flows away from shore


Ooo, I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
I'm still here on the end of the pier, quietly sitting


Wastin' time
I'm not being productive or utilizing my time efficiently


Look like nothing's gonna change
It appears there won't be any alteration or transformation


Everything still remains the same
Everything is still as it was, nothing has changed


I can't do what ten people tell me to do
I'm not the kind of person who can listen to, let alone follow, the advice of many people


So I guess I'll remain the same, yes
Therefore I suppose I'll stay as I am


Sittin' here resting my bones
I'm sitting here to rest my exhausted and achy body


And this loneliness won't leave me alone
Despite being on this dock, I still feel loneliness hovering over me


It's two thousand miles I roamed
I traveled for thousands of miles to reach this harbor


Just to make this dock my home
I came all this way just to feel like this pier is my home


Now, I'm just gonna sit at the dock of the bay
I'm going to remain at the end of this pier for awhile


Watching the tide roll away
I'm concentrating on the waves as they recede into the sea


Oooo-wee, sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wow, I'm still here quietly sitting at the end of the pier


Wastin' time
I'm not doing anything productive or of value with my time




Writer(s): Otis Redding, Stephen Lee Cropper, Steve Cropper

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