Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American soul singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the major figures in soul music and rhythm and blues (R&B).
== Song lyrics ==
[Huh]I can't turn you loose now.If I do I'm gonna loose my life.[Ooh]I can't turn you loose now.If I do I'm gonna loose my life.I can't turn you loose to nobodyI love you baby, yes I do.Give shakin' mama, I told yaI'm in love with only you.[Gotta] Baby do it baby why don't yaI'll give ya everything you want.
I Can't Turn You Loose (1965).
=== Pain in My Heart (1964) ===
These arms of mine,They are lonely.Lonely and feeling blue.These arms of mine,They are yearning.Yearning from wanting you.And if you would let them hold you,Oh how grateful I will be.
These Arms of Mine.
=== Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965) ===
Ole man troubleGo find you someone else to pick on.I live my life now you see.Ole man trouble,Please stay away from me, now.Oh I look like I'm down in my luck.Please send faith to help pick me up.I've lived this way so many yearsOle man trouble,Please wash away all my fears.
Ole Man Trouble.What you want,Honey you've got it.And what you need,Baby you've got it.All I'm askingIs for a little respect when I come home.
Respect, later covered by Aretha Franklin.There were times and you want to be freeMy love is growing stronger, as you become a habit to me.Oh I've been loving you a little too longI don't wanna stop now, oh.With you my life,Has been so wonderful.I can't stop now.
I've Been Loving You Too Long, co-written with Jerry Butler.
=== The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965) ===
You call me Mr. Pitiful;Baby that's my name now, oh.They call me Mr. Pitiful;That's how I got my fame.But people just don`t understand, nowWhat makes a man feel so blue, nowOoh, they call me Mr. Pitiful;Cause I lost someone just like you, now.
Mr. Pitiful, co-written with Steve Cropper.
=== Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (1966) ===
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-FaI keep singing them sad sad songs, y'all.Sad songs is all I know.I keep singing them sad sad songs, y'all.Sad songs is all I know.It has a sweet melody tonightAnybody can sing it any old time.What's in your heart puts you in a grooveAnd when you sing this song,It'll make you're whole body move.
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song), co-written with Steve Cropper.
=== The Dock of the Bay (1968) ===
Sittin' in the mornin' sun,I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes.Watchin' the ships roll in;And I watch 'em roll away again.Sittin' on the dock of the bay,Watchin' the tide roll away.Sittin' on the dock of the bay,Wastin' time.
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, co-written with Steve Cropper.So I guess I'll remain the sameSittin' here restin' my bones.Wish this loneliness would leave me alone.For 2,000 miles I roamedJust to make this dock my home.Sittin' on the dock of the bayWatchin' the tide roll away.Sittin' on the dock of the bay,Wastin' time.
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.
== About Otis Redding ==
Respect is something Otis achieved for himself in a way few people do. Otis sang "Respect when I come home." And Otis has come home.
Jerry Wexler from Redding's eulogy; Pop Chronicles: Show 51 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. (Part 7), December 18, 1967.
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