“I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay / Watchin' the tide roll away / I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay / Wastin' time…"
Instantly familiar, those opening lyrics hail from Otis Redding’s melancholy classic (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It’s a song tinged with tragedy, for Redding died in a plane crash three days after he finished recording.
The bay in question was that of Sausalito, a city just north of San Francisco on America’s west coast. Redding had come to California for a show at the famed Fillmore venue – “I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay” – and wrote the song while renting a houseboat on Sausalito’s Waldo Point. The final sound of seagulls and crashing waves were later added at Redding’s request, aping sounds he’d heard from the houseboat.
If you fancy visiting the spot, it’s easy to do while staying in San Francisco. You can cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, or ride ferries from either the Embarcadero or Fisherman’s Wharf. We can arrange trips to San Francisco, with several suggested fly-drive itineraries listed on our USA webpage.Call 0207 359 3938 or contact us to speak to us about planning the perfect USA roadtrip.