Poor Otis dead and gone
Left me here to sing his song.
Pretty little girl with the red dress on.
Poor Otis dead and gone.

Back down, turn around slowly.
Try it again, remembering when.
It was easy, try it again.
Much to easy, remembering when.

All right, look at my shoes.
Not quite the walkin' blues.
Don't fight, too much to lose.
Can't fight the running blues.

Well, I've got the runnin' blues.
Runnin' away, back to L.A.
Got to find a dock n the bay.
Maybe find it back in L.A.

Runnin' yeah.
Runnin' blue.
Goin' so fast
What'll I do.

Well, I've got the runnin' blues.
Runnin' away, back to L.A.
Got to find a dock in the bay.
Maybe find it back in L.A.

All right, look at my shoes.
Not quite the walkin' blues.
Don't fight, too much to lose.
Can't fight the running blues.

All right, look at my shoes.
Not quite the walkin' blues.
Don't fight, too much to lose.
Can't fight the running blues.



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    General Comment:This song is a tribute to Otis Redding, with "the poor Otis dead and gone" and the "dock of the bay" lines.
    SteelFistedYokelon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this is one of my favorite doors songs.
    IndianGiveron May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think the chorus part where Robby sings is very catchy
    vipergt196on January 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I can't believe this doesn't have more comments! This song is sooo good. Jim Morrison is an American Poet in my eyes : )
    kp199on March 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:my faaaavorite Doors song!
    you know, after L.A Woman. haha
    MrsTankian:)on March 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't know, Robbie's part seems to make the song a bit silly and I think this song is amazing!

    CrawlingKingSnakeon May 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I LOVE this song. It sounds sorrowful to me.
    theriverknowson May 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think I have the runnin blues.
    cstakolichon February 16, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning:Jim Morrison sings this song as a tribute to Ottis Redding who Jim had idolized. written by Robby Krieger and Jim, in their 1969 album "The Soft Parade". Morrison sings an a capella intro for the song, singing directly about Otis Redding. "Poor Otis dead and gone, "The references "Dock of the Bay", "left me here to sing his song" because in August 1967 and it Released in January 1968 after Redding's death on December 10, the charter plane which was carrying him crashed into Lake Monona, outside Madison, Wisconsin. Redding and six others were killed. Only one passenger survived, Ben Cauley of The Bar-Kays. Redding's body was recovered from the lake the day after the crash. several other references to Redding's song like songs.
    laurahaon May 28, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:The solo singing in the beginning by Jim about Poor Otis is almost a completely seperate song for me, I love the melody of it.
    Twilight31on March 02, 2014   Link

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