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    General CommentThis 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
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite doors songs.
    IndianGiveron May 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the chorus part where Robby sings is very catchy
    vipergt196on January 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI 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
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    General Commentmy faaaavorite Doors song!
    you know, after L.A Woman. haha
    MrsTankian:)on March 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI 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
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. It sounds sorrowful to me.
    theriverknowson May 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think I have the runnin blues.
    cstakolichon February 16, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningJim 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 CommentThe 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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