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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On the Dock of the Bay …

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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


(SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY
- written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper
- lyrics as recorded by Otis Redding December 7, 1967, just three
days before his death in a plane crash outside Madison, Wisconsin
- #1 for 4 weeks in 1968

Find more Ruby Tuesday posts at Work of the Poet.

 

About Otis Redding's death, I found the following information on Wikipedia:

Death

On December 9, 1967, Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local "Upbeat" television show. The next afternoon, Redding, his manager, the pilot, and four members of The Bar-Kays were killed when his Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 10, 1967. The two remaining Bar-Kays were Ben Cauley and James Alexander. Cauley was the only person aboard Redding's plane to survive the crash. Alexander was on another plane, since there were eight members in Redding's party and the plane could only hold seven, and it was Alexander's turn in the rotation to take a commercial flight. Cauley reported that he had been asleep until just seconds before impact, and recalled that upon waking he saw bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and say, "Oh, no!" Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seatbelt. He then found himself in the frigid waters of the lake, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat.[9]

Redding's body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. He was entombed on his private ranch in Round Oak, Georgia, 23 miles (37 km) north of Macon. The cause of the crash was never precisely determined.

32 comments:

quilly said...

I do love that song and your images dress it up nicely. I know the sky in that last shot is more peach than ruby, but it is my favorite.

Wendy said...

I was interested in knowing more about MSC Chicago so I did a google search. One site tracks where and what time it was at a particular place. Another site says it was carrying type A hazardous goods and it sails under the flag of Liberia. Thanks for sharing these photographs - very interesting series of shots.

Wanda said...

The photo just after the phrase "Just to make this dock my home" struck me as sad...leaving home...going off to sea...lonely.

hip chick said...

I have the Galway bay on my world post today. Isn't that a funny coincidence.
hip chicks photos

hip chick said...

Oh...I forgot to say that I love that song and as always your photos are beautiful. I love the color of the sky in the last photo.

Auntie E said...

Love all the work you put into it. Great series of shots..Watching the tugboat guide the MSC Chicago ship and sending it on it's way. Happy RT

Avril said...

Very very nice! Song goes so well with your photos - it's like being there!!
Loved your previous post with the little bee .. and the food ... yummmmm!!!

Leora said...

My favorite is the man in red sitting on the boat. The song adds lots of character to some great shots.

moneythoughts said...

Like all of the previous comments, I agree. Nice pictures. I remember that song very well. I once took part of a summer after I graduated (1964) from college to work on a Norwegian freighter out of New Orleans. I took some nice pictures at sea. Some day I should scan them and put them up.

2Thinks said...

I can feel the breeze off the bay blow through my hair as I scroll down through these photos with the tune a playin'. Very refreshing.

Is Julie and Julia, the movie out in Belgium? I thought of you when I saw it.

My favorite pic above is 7th down from the top- close up of little tug pulling hefty monster cargo boat- makes me think of the little engine that could- I think I can, I think I can...you know the one?
Heidi

Mar said...

Wonderful set!! glad to see those container ships loaded, the picture was different when I went to Hamburg in June!
That leading shipping company should be supporting your blog :)
My RT

LceeL said...

Fantastique!!! Did you notice the name of the container ship?

Carleen said...

What a great way to bring such a fantastic song to life!

The Retired One said...

Love the photos AND the song is one of my oldie favorites! I had always heard that Otis committed suicide? Do you know if he was piloting the plane that crashed?

Jientje said...

@ Quilly: It turned peach before it turned ruby.
@ Wendy: It was in Antwerp Saturday evening. Thanks for the info!
@ Wanda: That's what I wanted to show.
@ hip chick: Great minds eh?
@ Auntie E: Well yes, a lot of work maybe, but I enjoyed putting it together. So glad you liked it!
@ Avril: I'm glad you liked it. Sometimes the music runs through my head when I see a picture. And it's usually the right choice for the pictures!
@ Leora: Why thank you for such a lovely comment!
@ moneythoughts: What a great idea, I'd love to see them. That must have been quite an adventure?
@ Heidi: I'm not sure if it's out yet, but I'd LOVE to see it! And I love your visual!
@ Mar: Hmmm, now there's a thought!
@ Lou: What do you think hmm? Of course I did!!
@ Carleen: Thank you!
@ The Retired One: I found the information on the site where the lyrics were. I'll do a google search for you. See if I can find something.

Thom said...

What a story you tell with these wonderful photos and the music that goes with it. You are a genius you know that? Excellent my Belgian Bombshell. Happy RT :)

Jientje said...

@ The Retired One: I found the following information on Wikkipedia:

Death

On December 9, 1967, Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local "Upbeat" television show. The next afternoon, Redding, his manager, the pilot, and four members of The Bar-Kays were killed when his Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 10, 1967. The two remaining Bar-Kays were Ben Cauley and James Alexander. Cauley was the only person aboard Redding's plane to survive the crash. Alexander was on another plane, since there were eight members in Redding's party and the plane could only hold seven, and it was Alexander's turn in the rotation to take a commercial flight. Cauley reported that he had been asleep until just seconds before impact, and recalled that upon waking he saw bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and say, "Oh, no!" Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seatbelt. He then found himself in the frigid waters of the lake, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat.[9]

Redding's body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. He was entombed on his private ranch in Round Oak, Georgia, 23 miles (37 km) north of Macon. The cause of the crash was never precisely determined.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Have I told you that I think you are brilliant?
Well, I do!

amanda said...

Jientje,
wonderful song loved hearing it as a young person. Loved your RT shots and I love how towards the end of the song and the pictures you show the sun getting dimmer... it just went well together.

jennifer said...

The photos went so well with those lyrics. And such gorgeous photography as well! This was a great post.

Melli said...

I've always loved that song... and these shots are just awesome! They go together like hand and glove!~

kaye said...

lots to see while sitting on that dock

Robynn's Ravings said...

Gonna sit on the dock of the bay soon myself. Thanks for the pictorial to go with a favorite song that wove itself into my life through the years!

Dianne said...

a fantastic series of photos
and the song is a long standing classic
I love tug boats
they're so little and feisty!! ;)

Linda Higgins said...

Oh I was SINGING right along with the song and scrolling down. You do an amazing job realing me into your photos and story line! I LOVE IT! when is your trip?

Ellie said...

I hate accidents - never thought one can happen to me until my father died in a car accident - now I know bad things can happen to very good people... Very impressive machinery - I like it - I like more the beautiful fields of your home town. The big ships and cranes and structures have overwhelming effect!

Susanne said...

What a great set of photos set to a great song!

lisaschaos said...

I've always liked that song and I love the photos you put with it!

Loree said...

I love the songs. Thanks for the info about Otis Redding. I had no idea he had died in a plane crash.

Jientje said...

@ Thom: Nah, I'm just good at throwing stuff together, that's all!
@ Libby: Thank you, but really, I'm not.I'm having fun, that's all!
@ amanda: That's what I was aiming for, that's what I was trying to say. I'm glad the message came through so well.
@ jennifer: Thanks!
@ Melli: Hmm, I like that idiom. LOL!
@ kaye: There was, yes.
@ Robynn: You're welcome!
@ Dianne: So much power in such a little boat, I like that too!
@ Linda: That's what I wanted! The song is stuck between my ears ever since yesterday! My trip starts on October 28th, through to November 18th.
@ Ellie: This is part of my world too. I kind of like that industrial beauty, it's different, but I like it too.
@ Susanne: Thanks!
@ Lisa: Thanks, that was fun!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Watching cargo ships
sailing in and out of port—
this delights my soul.

My Ruby Tuesday

Barb said...

That is one of my all time favorite songs and I have never seen it so beautifully illustrated! Now every time I hear it I will have your fabulous images going through my mind with the music. This is such a beautiful tribute to the man and is music.

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